Mortal Kombat X originally launched back in April for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and we absolutely loved it, praising the visual fidelity as well as the surprisingly well-written story. However, it appears that this level of quality could not be matched in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, and publisher Warner Bros. has decided to cancel them completely.
“Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game,” Warner Bros. community admin “Yorick” says in the forum announcement. “We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned.” Alas, poor Yorick.
Warner Bros. recommends anyone who pre-ordered the game to contact their local retailer to receive a full refund.
The last-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X were originally scheduled for a June release — just a few months after the current-gen game — but this was again pushed back to the dreaded “December 31” placeholder just before June hit.
The decision to outright cancel a last-gen game shouldn’t come as too much of a shock, given Warner Bros.’ releases in the past year. Both Batman: Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 skipped the old systems, while Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s 360 and PS3 versions were delayed by more than a month. Techland’s zombie-parkour game Dying Light also suffered a similar fate, as it was originally announced for the legacy platforms before being axed just months before release.
Warner Bros. isn’t completely abandoning the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, however. Lego games such as Lego Jurassic World and Lego Marvel’s Avengers are both releasing on the old platforms, and the company has also continued to support PlayStation Vita while other publishers have left it to die.