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01-10-2017, 12:58 PM

Microsoft cancels Xbox One exclusive 'Scalebound' -- Platinum's dragon-centric game was stuck in development limbo for years.

If you've been anticipating Platinum Games' Scalebound ever since it was unveiled in 2014, you're about to get some crushing news. In the wake of leaks from Kotaku and Eurogamer, Microsoft Studios has confirmed that the dragon action role-playing game has been cancelled. The company hasn't elaborated on why (you can read its statement below), but Eurogamer's sources describe it as the result of a rough development process that grew particularly tortuous in 2016.

Scalebound was a "heavy workload," according to the insiders, and multiple senior developers were "forced" to take a month off of working on the project. While they came back, that also meant that the game was even more behind schedule than before. When paired with existing missed deadlines and engine troubles, a cancellation was seemingly inevitable.

There's no certainty that Platinum will revive the project under a new publisher, or finish it alone. It'd have to show that it can get its technical issues under control and its development back on track. Whatever happens, it's unfortunate news for Microsoft and Xbox fans. Along with titles like Crackdown 3 (which also missed a planned 2016 release), Scalebound was supposed to be one of the tentpoles of the Xbox One's 2017 exclusives. The company will have to lean that much harder on its remaining exclusives to fight Sony's PlayStation 4, and gamers will be stuck wondering what might have been.

Update: To no one's surprise, Microsoft is wiping most traces of the game mere hours after the cancellation news, including official sites and trailers. The official site is also breaking the bad news to would-be players.

"After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. We're working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and other great experiences."


01-10-2017, 05:31 PM
After what they did to Star Fox, maybe it's for the best...

01-10-2017, 06:52 PM
Whaaa?? I doubt PG is responsible for that. It was miyamoto shoehorning gimmicks like he did with Skyward sword.

I hope this gets picked up by some other publisher with a different name, no multiplayer and a do-over of the main character... and bring it to PS4.

01-11-2017, 03:33 AM
Sounds like Platinum failed to deliver. They've always been pretty hit or miss though.

Drunken Savior
01-11-2017, 09:48 AM
Yeah, Platinum has kind of been almost moving into indie-production quality tier, which is a pity because MGR and Bayonetta were some of my favorite games and their newer games (Transformers, LoK, TMNT) are kinda meh to me. I don't know what Scalebound was going to be, but at this point, I feel like the studio isn't that great as it once was.

01-11-2017, 03:26 PM
Don't they have Neir coming out pretty soon? That game has massive hype

01-11-2017, 08:31 PM
I looks good but it won't be a massive hit Drakenagard/Nier never has been.

01-16-2017, 05:43 AM
That's dissapointing:(