Developer Techland has announced the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of its upcoming open-world first-person parkour-focused Dying Light have been officially cancelled. In an open letter to its fans, the developer has explained older consoles “just couldn’t run the game and stay true to the core vision of Dying Light at the same time.”
“We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen. experience,” further explained Techland. “Much of this ‘next-gen. feel’ is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits. Features like these along with our core gameplay pillars – such as the player-empowering Natural Movement, threefold character development system, and vast open-world – are all an inherent part of how Dying Light plays. However, combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms.”
“Therefore, after thorough internal testing, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to leave past-gen. systems behind and release Dying Light exclusively on the next-gen. consoles and PC. To ensure you enjoy Dying Light as much as we would like you to, we chose to release it without any compromises on the three strongest systems available. Thanks to this, you’ll get the full and best experience regardless of the platform you play on.”
Dying Light is a zombie apocalypse-themed game set in an open-world similar to the South American slums and cities. Players traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population with a heavy focus on free-running mechanics. Dying Light launches on January 27th (North America), January 28th (Australia), and January 30th (Europe and Japan), on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.