Scalebound Cancelled, Microsoft Removes Content
Scalebound Cancelled Says Microsoft
The action-RPG, Scalebound from Platinum Games has been cancelled, Microsoft have stated.
Yesterday, numerous sources stated to several outlets that the action game about a man named Drew and his dragon companion was in trouble and may have been cancelled.
Shortly after, Microsoft provided this statement to the games industry press:
“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.”
Following this statement yesterday, Microsoft has been removing the game’s promotional content including trailers on YouTube and the official page for the game on its website.
Scalebound was officially announced at E3 2014 with a cinematic trailer and since then gameplay has been shown at Gamescom in 2015 with an initial release date for late 2016. The game was subsequently delayed to 2017.
Platinum Games is an independent studio that was contracted by Microsoft to work on Scalebound and it’s unclear at the moment who holds the licensing to the game; which is potentially why Microsoft has removed its online material for the title.
Today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted this in response to a fan’s disappointment:
@TiC_Podcast Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 9, 2017
In 2016, Platinum Games released Star Fox Zero for Nintendo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant in Manhattan for Activision while Nier: Automata is scheduled for release this year and will be published by Square Enix.
This news may not be surprising given that we haven’t heard anything about the game for a few months and reports of technical problems at various demos in the past, however it may be surprising that Microsoft has decided to scrap the project entirely rather than rework the game into something else.
There is also no word on if Microsoft will partner with Platinum Games on another title in the future.