Would it be a little different had Netherrealm/Warner Brothers never made an announcement claiming that they were going to try to make this game for past gen?
Absolutely. The announcement of it coming to last gen is what held many users here off from next gen. They didn't need to invest because their favorite game was still coming to a console they had. But now that the news has dropped that it's cancelled, these fans are now months behind in saving for a next gen console because they didn't think they had to save for one in the first place.