While many gamers leap at the first opportunity to get their hands on the next generation of consoles, not everyone can or does. Many game manufacturers support gamers who continue to use their last-gen systems, at least for a couple years, but eventually the ports for last-gen systems cease.
In many cases, players using last-gen consoles have to wait a while longer to get their hands on a port of the new game. Unfortunately for fighting game fans still using the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, one recent game isn’t going to make it to their consoles at all.
Mortal Kombat X, the latest iteration of the long-running franchise, was promised to be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 since the game was announced. While Mortal Kombat X has now seen a release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, gamers who still play on their older consoles have been left waiting for theirs, with the Mortal Kombat X port being delayed repeatedly. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. Interactive today announced that the older-gen version of Mortal Kombat X will not be seeing the light of day.
In a brief statement released by Yorick, the Community Admin of WB Games, Yorick explains that the developers have been working on the port for a long time. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a way to make a version of the game that met fans’ expectations, as well as the system specs of the older consoles. As such, the game has been officially cancelled for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Yorick notes that gamers who have pre-ordered the game for these consoles should go to the retailer they pre-ordered it from to receive a full refund.
It’s unfortunate that gamers were left waiting for so long only to be let down. However, Warner Bros. Interactive may have learned something from their PC release of Arkham Knight. While gamers weren’t kept waiting for that title, the PC version of the game was so buggy that gamers returned their copies en-masse, and Warner Bros. eventually had no choice but to refund gamers and pull Arkham Knight from the market altogether until the problems could be fixed. While it’s regrettable that Mortal Kombat X won’t make it to the PS3 and 360, it’s better than the company shipping a product that is disappointing or practically unplayable.
While money may be a factor in sticking to the older consoles, now may be the best time to upgrade to the latest generation. Ubisoft has announced that none of their triple-A titles will appear on the older consoles, and Fallout 4 won’t be available on them, either. Xbox 360 holdouts may be interested to know that the Xbox One will soon be able to play many Xbox 360 titles. In any case, with Microsoft only planning to support the Xbox 360 until 2016, which is rapidly approaching, and Sony only promising support for the PS3 through the end of 2015, the pickings will only become slimmer from here on out.
Mortal Kombat X is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: WB Games