Upcoming open-world zombie game Dying Light will no longer be released on last-gen consoles, developer Techland has announced.
In a post made on the game’s official Facebook page, Techland said that attaining a “fluid experience” simply isn’t possible on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, before accepting that they knew the move would come as a disappointment to many.
“We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience”, the studio explained. “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.”
Previously, Dying Light had been scheduled for release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will now launch for PC, PS3 and Xbox One on January 27 in North America and the United States, January 28 in Australia and New Zealand, and January 30 across UK and Europe.
Techland’s previous open-world zombie games, Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide were released in 2011 and 2013, respectively, to mixed reviews from critics. That didn’t stop players from snapping both games up, however – publisher Koch Media announced in 2013 that the first in the series had sold an impressive 5 million copies since its launch.
With Techland currently busy on their latest title – which, despite the similarities, is a brand new IP – development responsibilities for the next Dead Island fell to third parties. Fatshark is currently working on spin-off game Escape Dead Island, while Dead Island 2 is in the works at Yager Development.
For a better look at Dying Light, check out the official E3 2014 trailer below: