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Earlier this morning, we heard rumblings that Microsoft was thinking about canceling Platinum’s Scalebound. The game’s “hostile world” and “formidable dragon” were originally unveiled during the 2014 E3 Expo with a cinematic trailer, but the public hasn’t heard much about it since. And now it looks like we never will.
In a short statement to Eurogamer, Microsoft confirmed that Scalebound has officially been canceled:
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.
According to Eurogamer’s earlier report, it appears that Scalebound was the victim of an overly ambitious design and scheduling problems:
Work on the game took a serious knock last autumn, Eurogamer sources say, when several senior members of the development team were forced to take a month away from the pressure of the project’s heavy workload.
These project members then returned, but Scalebound was now behind schedule. With continuing issues surrounding the game’s engine and overdue deadlines, the decision was made that the project could no longer continue.
As they said in their statement, Microsoft has several other games lined up for release in 2017. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about them soon.
Scalebound, an action RPG in development at Platinum Games, was noticeably absent from the “snapshot” of 2016 Xbox One exclusives that Microsoft released yesterday. And now we know why. A post on the developer’s official website has revealed that the game has been delayed into 2017:
Development on the game is going well and we’re really happy with how it’s coming together. Scalebound is one of the biggest games PlatinumGames has ever created: an epic adventure filled with exploration and fantasy gameplay, inventive multiplayer, and action-packed battles on an unbelievable scale – all set in a beautiful and evolving world. It’s the game our team has always dreamed of making.
In order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017. This will give us the time needed to bring to life all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences that we have planned.
Microsoft originally announced Scalebound during their E3 2014 Press Conference and unveiled the first gameplay trailer this past August during their Gamescom Briefing.
Announced during last year’s E3 Expo, Microsoft has finally pulled back a scaly curtain and gave us our first look at Scalebound during their Gamescom 2015 Briefing.
In Scalebound, your dragon is your brother and you’ll be able to customize him in a variety of different ways. Here’s what the Xbox Wire had to say about the game’s story and it’s use of Platinum Games’s trademark action style:
In Scalebound, you will experience the journey of a young loner named Drew, who is pulled into the strange, beautiful, and dangerous world of Draconis – where he is bonded to a fearsome and noble dragon, Thuban, the last of his kind. These two lone-wolf heroes, thrown together by fate, must learn to fight as one to defeat the powerful enemies that threaten Draconis, Earth, and a vast universe of parallel worlds.
You’ll explore the beautiful and dangerous world of Draconis, as you and your dragon companion work to defeat legions of enemy soldiers and epic scale beasts. Scalebound’s accessible-yet-deep (and very stylish and over-the-top!) gameplay gives you the power to fluidly chain attacks with your dragon too, creating devastating combos to unleash upon your foes.
In development under the direction of Hideki Kamiya (Devil May Cry, Bayonetta), Scalebound will be released exclusively for the Xbox One in 2016.
Platinum Games loves their big action. Platinum’s core team began within the hallways of Capcom and produced some of the biggest action games around including the original Devil May Cry. After breaking away to form Clover, the team went on to create Viewtiful Joe and, as Platinum, Bayonetta and MadWorld. Their latest game, Scalebound, is their first partnership with Microsoft, but the E3 trailer showcases the big action Platinum is known for.
The next great adventure from critically-acclaimed developer Platinum Games and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya, Scalebound transports you to a distant, hostile world. You’ll come face to face with fearsome creatures, including a formidable dragon—and the bond you forge with this awesome predator will prove crucial to the survival of both worlds.
Check out the hydra dragon at the end for a taste of the large-scale dragon-versus-dragon battles that Platinum has planned for Scalebound. There’s no release date yet, but Scalebound should be available for the Xbox One sometime in 2015.
Microsoft got busy closing our their 2014 E3 Press Conference by announcing an absolute ton of indie games and a few bigger titles that will surely attract those who gravitate towards the quirkier side of gaming.
Crackdown 3 (referred to as just “Crackdown” on stage) will bring its open-world/co-op gameplay to the Xbox One with David Jones, creator of the original Crackdown, overseeing development.
Phantom Dust 2 (again, just referred to as “Phantom Dust”) is an Xbox One follow-up to a cult favorite Xbox game from 2004. Multiplayer card-based battling and an insane sci-fi story will do that.
Finally, Platinum Games will bring Scalebound to the Xbox One. Giant dragons, big action, and it’s the first non-Nintendo Platinum Games game in a long time. Nintendo fans might be bummed, but those who bypassed the Wii U (and love Platinum) are surely thrilled.
All three titles will likely be released for the Xbox One in 2015.