Xbox 360 owners who were excited about the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat X have been given some bad news. IGN reports that the release of the newest version of the classic fighting game will be delayed until the summer at the earliest for owners of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Mortal Kombat X will be released on April 14 as originally planned. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions have not been affected by a delay.
A representative from High Voltage Software addressed the delay of Mortal Kombat X in an email statement.
“Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today confirmed that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Mortal Kombat X being developed by High Voltage Software will release this summer. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC versions will be available April 14.”
This news should only add fuel to the fire about the possible curtain call for the last generation video game consoles.
It has long been feared that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were on their last days. Video game developers are beginning to understand that the profits for the older gaming systems are taking a huge hit. It may not be wise to release games on all of the consoles, new and old.
When the Xbox 360 was introduced to the world, backwards compatibility was a lure to consumers who were looking at upgrading. It was easy to feel comfortable about purchasing one of the most sold video game devices when you could take the disks from the previous system and play with, at the time, improved graphics. That is not the case with the new consoles, the Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
There has not been a peep regarding the ability to play the older games on the current gen models. What some video game developers have done is update some of their past hits, added some shiny new bells and whistles. For instance the entire Halo series is part of an Xbox One bundle that is known “Master Chief Bundle.” The latest adaptation of Halo looks beautiful on the new system. All things being equal, die hard Halo fans may never abandon the old for the new, just because playing Halo feels different on the Xbox One.
Mortal Kombat X may never live up to the standards on the Xbox 360 as it will on the Xbox One. Having the ability to purchase it for the older system is important to the owners who have not converted.
There is some good news for Xbox 360 owners though, Game Spot has reported that all DLC’s for the game Titanfall will be free. It may be time to think about the future of the Xbox 360. Will it be a viable option for new video games? Mortal Kombat X is just the latest highly anticipated game that has slighted the last gen models.