You won’t be playing Dying Light next year
Dying Light has been cancelled. Well, for Xbox 360 owners at least.
Techland put a Facebook update on development progress last night, confirming that last-gen consoles “just couldn’t run the game.”
“We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience,” Techland wrote on Facebook. “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.”
“We hope you understand the hard choice we’ve had to make,” added Techland. “With the launch just around the corner, we can’t wait to show you Dying Light in the state it was meant to be.”
Don’t worry, the Xbox One version is still on track for its 30 January 2015 release date. It’s highly likely that Dying Light is only the beginning, expect many more current-gen games to be cancelled as development focus shifts to the next-generation. Are you ready to upgrade?