Dying Light will no longer be hitting the PS3 or Xbox 360 and it is too intensive for them to run the game
If you were planning on picking up Dying Light on the PS3 or Xbox 360 this coming January you will need to reevaluate that life choice there. Techland and Warner Bros. are no longer bringing Dying Light to those consoles and making the game exclusive to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This announcement came from Techland’s Facebook page where there was a long explanation that boils down to that the older consoles just couldn’t run the game and keep the amazing look and feel that the other systems could.
Here’s what Techland had to say directly about this update for Dying Light:
As you probably know, we’re wrapping up the development of Dying Light, our biggest and most ambitious project to date. We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience.
Much of this “next-gen feel” is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200,000 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. Put simply, older consoles just couldn’t run the game and stay true to the core vision of Dying Light at the same time.
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.
We hope you understand the hard choice we’ve had to make. With the launch just around the corner, we can’t wait to show you Dying Light in the state it was meant to be. We’re looking forward to your reactions and impressions as we release the game in January 2015.
So in the end Dying Light just wasn’t going to run well on the older systems so instead of disappointing gamers who bought the game on those systems Dying Light just won’t be available for them. Why don’t other developers and publishers go down this path as we are still in the transition period between the last and next gen systems? Some games work well on both, LittleBigPlanet 3 comes to mind, while others don’t. Looking at you Destiny. Even though I know many people who have yet to upgrade to the current generation systems I applaud Techland and Warner Bros. for making the choice even though they will most likely be losing out on the deal given the console limitations now. It will make for a better experience for all in the end.
For all of those who are going to be missing out on Dying Light do to limitations on upgrading to the next-gen, here is a sad zombie look for you to enjoy.
Dying Light — Zombie Donut Selfie