Despite the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are doing quite nicely and quickly establishing themselves as the new normal, there’s still a decent amount of people out there that continue to use the PS3 and Xbox 360. The reasons probably vary from person to person – ranging from money to no desire to buy a new system just yet – but the video game industry has yet to completely abandon the last generation.
Some companies like Ubisoft are slowly making the transition to the current consoles, while still offering a little support for those that came before, but games like The Witcher 3 and the upcoming Need for Speed have opted to only release on current hardware. Outside of those examples, however, are the situations in which the last generation is supported, but they’re certainly not the priority.
Take the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which came out after their PS4 and Xbox One counterparts, and ended up being much less impressive due to the lack of the unique Nemesis system. Then there’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which won’t have online multiplayer when it comes to the older consoles.
The latest situation in which PS3 and Xbox 360 owners aren’t treated with as much importance comes today, and once again from Warner Bros Interactive. Although, this time it’s Mortal Kombat X and the second rumored delay of its own PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 was initially delayed until the Summer, but now Kotaku is speculating that the game has seemingly been delayed yet again, though with little attention drawn to it beforehand.
A few GameStop employees told the site that they’d been telling customers since Friday, May 22 that the game had been pushed back until the Fall, and upon checking the retailer’s website to see if the date had, in fact, been changed at all, the MKX listings for the older versions (see above) can now be seen featuring a December 31, 2015 release date – a date often used as a placeholder.
It’s an incredibly odd turn of events, and makes one wonder if Warner Bros. intends to release these versions of the fighting game at all. On the other hand, NetherRealm Studios isn’t leading the development on the older version, as it’s instead being handled by High Voltage Software, so it’s possible something went wrong during development. Regardless, Warner Bros. has yet to come out and address the matter, but hopefully that will happen soon.
Mortal Kombat X received a lot of praise in our review for its mechanics, cast of characters, and game modes. It later became the best selling game in April and topped the PS4 sales charts, which only makes this unceremonious delay more questionable. The game’s performance across the current consoles and the PC may have been enough for the publisher to reconsider the release of the other versions.
Is anyone out there holding out for the PS3/Xbox 360 version of Mortal Kombat X? What do you think of the second delay the game’s received?