Mortal Kombat X is the tenth installment in the titular fighting-game franchise from developer NetherRealm Studios, and has proven to be the fastest-selling entry in the entire series to-date. Boasting a roster of both new and old characters, in addition to switching up the game's basic gameplay mechanics, fans of NetherRealm's iconic IP have praised the latest release, with some critics going so far as to call it the best one yet.
Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to play the game. After previously delaying the release of the title on last-gen consoles to June 2015, before pushing it even further back into the fall, official word from publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment doesn't bode well for a particular contingent of would-be kombatants.
According to an officially released statement from Warner Bros., PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners won't be playing the latest version of the game as the fighter failed to meet the standards set by the release seen on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in April 2015. The statement from the video game publisher reads:
"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. If you pre-ordered Mortal Kombat X for PS3 or Xbox 360, please go to the retail location where you pre-ordered the game and you will receive a full refund."
Given how popular the game has become it's a definite let down that some players won't get a chance to play it on the consoles that they currently own and use. After releasing a PC version that was riddled with technical issues, it appears as though the makers of Mortal Kombat X are opting out of a release altogether, rather than deliver another sub-par port.
No doubt many gamers who wanted to play the game have already done so, and those who haven't have likely pored over footage plastered all over the Internet. Watching others play an interactive experience is never going to deliver the same form of entertainment as originally intended, and as such it might simply be time for some players to throw in the towel and move forward into the next era of high-definition, console gaming in order to avoid future disappointments.
Mortal Kombat X is currently available to purchase from participating retailers on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: VG 24/7