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UPDATE: Microsoft officially cancels Scalebound

Scalebound Platinum Games Hideki Kamiya Xbox One

UPDATE

Well that didn't take too long. Soon after Kotaku's rumor of Scalebound being cancelled was published, Microsoft officially confirmed the news. No reason was given as to why the decision was made, though the Microsoft representative mentioned they were working hard to "deliver an amazing lineup of games this year," including Halo Wars 2, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, and Sea of Thieves.


Original Story

Scalebound certainly sounded like an ambitious game when it was announced by Microsoft and Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya at E3 2014, but the title now seems to be in trouble according to Eurogamer and Kotaku.

The first mention of the cancellation came from Kotaku, which mentioned that multiple sources close to the project had confirmed to them that Scalebound was indeed being cancelled. Eurogamer's article is a bit more definitive and conclusive, saying that Microsoft and Platinum have officially gone their separate ways on the project after major troubles with the game's engine and overdue deadlines.

There hasn't been any official word from Microsoft (the game's publisher) just yet, but a representative from the company did mention they'll release a statement on the game soon.

If this development is true, it'll be an unfortunate blow to Platinum Games' reputation, especially over the last year as at least two of the games they recently worked on have had their share of controversy from fans. One was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan, which many claim is just not a good game, and the other was Star Fox Zero, which many fans claim the controls kill the experience.

Platinum Games' next title, Nier Automata, is scheduled for release on February 23 on PlayStation 4.

Source: Kotaku, Eurogamer

Are you surprised to hear that Scalebound might be cancelled?


6 Comments

Yeah this is a big blow as I was looking forward to this exclusive title. One of the reasons I got XB1, but definitely unfortunate for Platinum games and fans. I actually haven't heard anything about cancellations so I'm surprised. I hope they keep the development going, but Microsoft will probably rely on shooters, racing, indies, and certain kind of genre of games. Seems they want games that fit their audience. Maybe Sony can pick up Scalebound or something. Boo Microsoft Boo! This is going to scalebound down the interest of XB1 lol.

boooooooo

Don't remember hearing about this. Guess this game was pretty hyped up. I'm sure down the line MS can find someone else to work on this game if they really wanted to.

One of the only games I was considering getting the system for... so that Xbox One purchase seems even further away for me (granted, I had reservations about its quality, but Platinum generally makes stuff I enjoy.)

I was really looking forward to this game, it was the only X1 exclusive I was looking forward to in 2017. I'm puzzled at Phil Spencer's statement that the cancellation of Scalebound will be better for Xbox gamers. X1 seriously lacks diversity in games, I guess they know their audience though.

I also think Platinum Games needs to give up on the console exclusives. Why make one game for X1, and another for PS4? Both consoles have too many players to ignore, it just seems to make more sense to make multi platform games since they are not owned by Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo. I still think they should release a version of Bayonetta 2 for PS4 and X1. I realize Nintendo helped fund the game, but hasn't it been WiiU exclusive long enough? Bayonetta 2 was too good of a game to only be available to WiiU players. I would gladly buy it on PS4 because I hate the controllers for the WiiU.

Man this is a huuugggee loss.  One of the only games I was actually really looking forward to.  Platinum has a pretty good track record.  I really hope they can salvage something and get another game going.  Fortunately I still have many games to play through, but nothing to really look forward too. T.T

 

 

 

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