Scalebound For Xbox One Officially Canceled By Microsoft
(Last Updated On: January 9, 2017)

The Xbox One exclusive that was in development by Platinum Games called Scalebound, has officially been canceled by Microsoft.

The company released a statement to their Windows Central arm, stating that the game is no longer in development…

“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.”

After four years of development they decided to finally pull the plug on the project. Windows Central notes that Microsoft still has some “unannounced” games in the pipeline that they will reveal throughout 2017. For their sake they better have something real special on the horizon because even though Scalebound looked like the deformed, retarded, rejected, unloved cousin of some amalgamation between Drakengard, Jet Set Radio and Devil May Cry, the reality is that it was still an original IP for the Xbox brand, something that they’ve been lacking in greatly during the last half of the Xbox 360’s tenure and all throughout the Xbox One’s run.

This is a huge blow to Platinum Games, no doubt. But I’m not too worried about them given that they seem to be well on track to delivering a sleeper hit in Tako Yaro’s NieR: Automata.

2B alone has been racking up a lot of strong community responses, and the feedback on the gameplay has been nothing but positive. Gamers are thoroughly in love with the robotic samurai and her high-tech weaponry and Gothic sense of style.

Of course, this means that Xbox One owners will be good and well without an extra exclusive for 2017. But if it’s any consolation, Scalebound bored the crap out of me and I couldn’t be the only one who felt that the combat seemed derivative and boring and that the boss fights seemed sluggish and uninspired and that the whole dragon thing didn’t really seem to measure up to what it cold have been. Maybe if the dragons were wrecking havoc in towns and there was a lot of physics-based destruction going on, or if the story was as heartfelt as The Last Guardian it could have turned out okay.

Oh well, looks like another one of the Xbox One exclusives bites the dust.


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  • Disqusted

    A friend was really upset at this news, but the screens I’ve seen of Scalebound look so awful to me. Microsoft probably kept badgering Platinum to make the game “more American” or something like that.

    I heard Microsoft is now going around deleting Scalebound from existence. Reminds me of P.T. and Konami’s general immature behavior.

  • LurkerJK

    The gameplay demo they showed at e3 looked pretty boring, i dont think anything of value was lost

    The whole concept of watching the ai dragon fight by himself sounded terrible and platinum has been pushing way too many turds into the market to be optimistic

  • Reven

    …And people were pissed when Nintendo saved Bayonetta 2. Nintendo, I think I see something else you could save or salvage that could be a switch seller…

    • They’d have to find a way to make the game fun before salvaging it for the Switch.

    • Don’t forget that Bayonetta had a fan base, a unique enough style and had a game/gameplay style that had proven itself to be good. Bayonetta 1 sold 1.21mil copies on the PS3 and 930k copies on the Xbox360. Bayonetta 2 did surprisingly well considering that it was a Wii U exclusive, and sold 760k copies.

      Scalebound was a new IP that would end up being a risk for Nintendo to have as a launch title. The way for Nintendo to avoid the risk of it being a complete flop, would be for them to give it a coat of Nintendo IP paint, like making it a Zelda spin-off game.

  • Hawk Hopper

    The only Xbox game people seemed interested in is the one that get cancelled.

  • Gorgon

    >“Halo Wars 2,” “Crackdown 3,” “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves” and other

    Oh boy, they’re in real trouble now

    • Wisdomcube2000

      I still am happy to see Halo Wars get a sequel. Sea of Thieves seems interesting, though I need to see more before I get hyped for a pirate simulator (love that sh!t). Crackdown 1 was great, though 2 was really “eh”, not sure about 3 though. State of Decay was a good survival sim, but got stale really fast. If the sequel can pad it out more content wise, it could be pretty damn good too.

      • I’m iffy on Crackdown 3 as well. I loved Crackdown 1. SJWs always complain about diversity but Crackdown 1 did diversity in the most badass way possible. The upgrades for those agents (even though stereotypical) were flatout awesome. I think it was the Norse guy and the Gothic guy who had just two of the most cool looking ultimate level gear in the game.

        They made Crackdown 2 a lot more generic and zombied up the game. There was more stuff but it felt like the soul of the series had been replaced with corporate sequelitis.

        Crackdown 3 needs to get back to basics; they need to focus the story back on the core agents from the first game (though given all the SJW nonsense pervading the industry I doubt we’ll be able to see those agents return, especially that cool kung-fu themed grandmaster Chinese agent since some retard will complain it’s racist). But super agents cleaning up the streets like a sort of super hero take on RoboCop worked really well the first time around. I want to see a more tightly focused version of that .

        I also agree about Sea of Thieves. It’s an interesting concept but it seems like it lacks focus right now.

        • Alistair

          Well SJWs diversity is women with man jaws looking ugly as hell.

          Gay characters, like tracer etc, any flesh of skin is forbidden 🚫

          unless it’s a mals pecs then it not sexist but good looking dudes having fun.

          That the code book of a regressions.

          Isn’t it funny that regressions look ugly no wonder they hated sexy looking characters.