Techland has announced that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the upcoming open-world zombie adventure title Dying Light have been cancelled.
The news came on the game’s Facebook account where the developer explained that the “core vision” of the game simply couldn’t be created on last-gen hardware. Dying Light builds on the foundations of Techland’s Dead Island games, retaining the zombie apocalypse theme, open-world, and focus on first-person melee combat, while expanding it through the inclusion of a day/night cycle; parkour-based traversal; and a grimmer, more serious atmosphere. These features, combined with less obvious elements, such as lighting and physics only capable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, made it clear that the older hardware was not up to the task, leading to cancellation.
The choice leaves Escape Dead Island as the only notable zombie-centric for last-gen owners, as Dead Island 2 is, similarly, only in development for the newer hardware at Yager Developments (Spec Ops: The Line).
OnlySP’s Editor in Chief, Lachlan Williams, had a chance to go hands-on with Dying Light at the 2013 EB Expo, finding it enjoyable, though in need of polish. Of course, a year has passed since then, and we are now only three months away from the game’s release, as it is due on the 30th of January.
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