Scalebound, the intriguing exclusive for Xbox One, has officially been cancelled. Kotaku and other press received word from Microsoft on the news.
“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.”
Microsoft ripped the bandaid off quickly for expectant fans and took the Scalebound page off of their website even before delivering the news. Perhaps it also was a therapeutic action after the rough ride taken by Microsoft and developer Platinum Games to their decision to cancel the game. Their journey since Scalebound’s announcement in E3 2014 has been riddled with delays and issues in the game’s development.
Still, enough was done to interest many fans in a game that showed promise. We were shown the kind of action expected from the creator of the Devil May Cry series, Hideki Kamiya. We were teased with the notion of “the biggest boss battle Platinum has ever done” and four-player co-op. Best of all, there were dragons and the option to travel dragonback in a large open world.
It’s a shame that all the effort put toward the game the last couple years is probably going to waste, but we just need to have faith that it was done for the right reasons. RIP Scalebound, and may your passing help lead us to plenty of awesome games in 2017.