Published: Thu, January 12, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Xbox One Exclusive 'Scalebound' Canceled, Microsoft's 2017 Lineup Gets Thinner

After confirming that the highly anticipated action-RPG - which had been scheduled to release on PC and Xbox One sometime this year - had been canned, Microsoft was quick to remove all of the trailers for the game off of the web too.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer hasn't reported in for the corporate mind wipe yet, apparently, calling Scalebound's cancellation a "difficult decision".

Just hours after Kotaku broke the news of the game's troubles and possible cancellation, Microsoft made it official: Scalebound, the Xbox exclusive from vaunted Japanese studio PlatinumGames and the creator of Devil May Cry, is dead.

Last August, the game publisher explained the delays, citing a crowded holiday release slate. After its announcement at E3 2014, its developer, Platinum Games, showed off an early gameplay demo at Gamescom 2015.

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Scalebound only appeared once more and that was around a month after E3 2016, mentioned as being a part of Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program that allowed for a greater degree of compatibility, and occasionally cross-buy functionality, between the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. "We're working hard to deliver an incredible 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".

As of now, Microsoft has removed all references to the Scalebound IP from its website, though info on the title can still be found on Platinum Games' website. When they returned, Scalebound was already behind schedule, and combined with issues on the game engine and overdue deadlines, the decision came to end development on the game. Added to this is Crackdown 3 that could also be at risk.

It's been two and a half years since the world first got a glimpse of Scalebound, a game filled with dragons and adventures, promising "epic battles on an unbelievable scale".

It's unclear whether Scalebound could still be revived by Platinum, but as we understand it, work on the project as we know it has now concluded. And the game has received a heavy bit of hype following its gameplay reveal a year ago, indicating that it could be one of the company's bigger titles for 2017.

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