That’s it, the studios are starting to cancel old gen versions of their new games to make way for the next gen.
While Gotham Knightsthe new DC game from Warner Bros Games is preparing to make its arrival next October 25, his studio has just made an announcement that may displease many players. If you are not one of the lucky ones who managed to find a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series, unfortunately you will not be able to play this new title. In effect, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Gotham Knights are no longer relevant, and the studio will now focus on next-gen releases. According to WB Games, this decision aims to provide “the best possible gaming experience” for new platforms.
Announced in 2020, the game was quickly pushed back to 2022. It wouldn’t be surprising if Warner Bros’ decision to drop support for old gen consoles was also made to shorten development time and thus avoid another postponement. To pass the pill, the studio still offers a new gameplay video which will please the fans.
This lasts no less than 13 minutes and allows you to have a first detailed look at what will await players next October. Alongside Robin, Batgirl, Redhood and Nightwing, you will be able to roam freely in Gotham City to defend the city and its inhabitants. A bit like Spiderman on PlayStation 4 and 5, this game will try to offer a varied open-world experience for a fan-favorite comic book universe.
The beginning of the end
While this decision may upset a lot of players, it is nevertheless not surprising and follows a perfectly normal logic. Next gen consoles came out almost two years ago now, and the old models will inevitably have to give way to their little sisters. Developing games uniquely intended for next-generation platforms will create and deliver gaming experiences that utilize the full capacity of new consoles.
This transition takes place gradually with each new generation, but this time the passing of the torch seems much more difficult because of the current situation on the game console market. It is always complicated to get a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series, and many players who would like to get one find themselves deprived of exclusivity that does not come out or no longer on their old generation consoles.
The situation seems to be slowly improving all the same, and all that will soon be history. Despite everything, seeing the first studios take the plunge towards next gen exclusives while the problem of supplying consoles is not yet completely resolved leaves a taste of bitterness among players which is completely understandable.