Microsoft’s Platinum exclusive Scalebound has been cancelled

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Microsoft and Platinum Games had been working for close to four years now on a brand new hack and slash adventure known as Scalebound, but the new year has brought its first bit of bad news. Microsoft has now confirmed that Scalebound is no more, and that Platinum Games has ceased all development on the project as of the end of 2016.

Following reports via both Kotaku and Eurogamer, Microsoft confirmed the cancellation with the following statement:

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.

Although Kotaku broke the news earlier last night, Eurogamer suggested a rift between Platinum and Microsoft had formed late last year. Their sources suggest that the relationship between the two was strained following the Gamescom 2016 showing of Scalebound. Soon after that many senior members on the project were forced to take a month-long break from the game’s strenuous development, and on return were faced with a game that was still in very rough shape, and now behind schedule.

It was soon after that the decision was made to shelve the project, which may not come as a surprise to most who saw the game in action in Microsoft’s more recent press conferences. Despite being helmed by Platinum and Bayonetta director Hideki Kamiya, the game really never made a statement with its gameplay. And even if there might have been significant improvement behind closed doors, we’ll now never know if it was enough to rectify some of the mistakes Platinum Games has been making in recent months.

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Platinum Games still have NieR: Automata releasing this March, but for Microsoft their exclusives for 2017 just took a significant knock.Responding on Twitter, Microsoft’s game bos Phil Spencer said canning Scalebound was a difficult decision, but that somehow, it’s cancellation was better for gamers.

Last Updated: January 10, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Can’t say I know many people who were excited about this game, sad that 4 years of development has just been flushed down the toilet though

    • Lu

      I was damned excited about it. But I suppose Microsoft just saved me money so there’s that 😐
      As a developer I’d be really upset about that amount of work being scrapped

    • Admiral Chief

      Indeed, sad seeing all that work undone

  • Grimsupanoob

    WTF… Was looking forward to this. Now what do I have this year to buy? Destiny 2?

    • Lu

      A PC XD

      • Grimsupanoob

        Got a Nice Team Red Gaming PC as well… same question though, do I have to finally work through my steam Backlog?

        • Lu

          Haha I’m just being a douche. Just buy a good JRPG (if you like them). That’ll keep you busy for years.

          • Grimsupanoob

            Been holding off on getting FF XV.. still not convinced I should get it… looks too different from previous games…and I loved the previous ones

          • Lu

            If FF XV gets a steam release I’ll buy it immediately. But I’m playing Tales of Zestiria at the moment and it’s great fun.

  • Magoo

    Close one!

  • Hammersteyn

    They were bound to scale down on the exclusives?

    • Admiral Chief

      Hammer –> corner

      • Hammersteyn

        HE’S BACK!

        • Admiral Chief

          I never left, just got bizzay with Skyrim

          • Lu

            You get a new bike?

          • Admiral Chief

            Still waiting on insurance etc etc.

            What a schlep, to be honest

          • Lu

            Sigh. I hate these company’s logic. You have to pay on time every month, but its cool to make you wait a month before delivering the service you paid for.

          • Hammersteyn

            And then after you claim they raise your premium. So what’s the point of paying every month in the first place?

          • Lu

            My insurance payments would be 50% of my monthly loan payment. So at this point I’d rather pay off my loan faster, and then if something happens, take out another loan. In 2 years i actually works out cheaper than insuring the damn car.

          • Hammersteyn

            Eish. Shouldn’t take too long, theft is as common as corruption in this country. Only corruption makes a hundred times more money

          • Hammersteyn

            I bet you’re still not finished

          • Lu

            One does not finish Skyrim.

          • Hammersteyn

            Heaven knows I never did, almost bought it on PS4 over December but my backlog is too big

          • Lu

            I’m not starting SE up again until the script extender is released and I can mod the crap out of it. But when it is…….its mountain dew and doritos time.

          • Ir0nseraph

            O yes remember, that damn checkout button fooled you twice.

          • Hammersteyn

            I haz a stupid

          • Admiral Chief

            Making good progress recently, ADSL on the fritz, so Overwatch/Warframe getting less love.

            STILL NO FAST TRAVEL DONE!!!

          • Hammersteyn

            No fast travel? Ar you insane? Or do you have a unicorn mod installed and you travel by rainbows?

          • Lu

            NO DON”T SAY UNICORN. That summons Otto…..

          • Hammersteyn

            PINK!

          • Admiral Chief

            Nope, wanted to do one run that way. Heh, run.

            Also, making sure I sleep, spend time with kids every now and then, build/buy and furnish houses, eat, etc

          • Lu

            So proper roleplay? You playing with the survival mod too?

          • Admiral Chief

            No, vanilla, for TEH A-CHIEF-MANTS mos

          • Lu

            My playthroughs have all been vanilla up to now. That’s why I’m waiting for all the old skyrim mods to be available before I take on SE

  • Hammersteyn

    At least Cuphead is still coming, yay

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      ONE DAY! God I can’t wait for it

    • Ir0nseraph

      Looking forward to it.

  • I was keen for this now that I own an Xbone….

  • DragonSpirit009

    NOOOOOO! How could they do this to me! *cries in the corner*

  • Mr_Pops

    Such a shame. This was probably my most anticipated Microsoft exclusive for the year. Had an interesting FF12 meets DMC feel to it.

    • Hammersteyn

      and Dragons 🙁

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    Eh not the biggest loss to gamers tbh.

    Most people were fairly underwhelmed with the original trailer and I remember the main character getting bashed from all sides lol.

    • Hammersteyn

      True, but imagine the people that got excited for this back in 2014 waking up to this news

  • Francois Knoetze

    noooooooo!!!!

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Lets be honest here, this game showed horribly each time, and the main character was douchey as fuck. Still kinda sucks, but the problem now is that Microsoft’s portfolio of games over the next 2-3 years is starting to look underwhelming. If all we get at E3 from them is Halo 6 and more Crackdown 3, that will be hugely disappointing.

  • chimera_85

    But why though?

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Microsoft, I dub thee… the EXCLUSIVE SLAYER!!

    Not to be confused with these fine gentlemen –
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/yjb0j9l1sz4/maxresdefault.jpg

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Weird, it seems I was one of the few who were actually looking forward to Scalebound… Ah well, at least NieR: Automata is safe, and I can get that on the PS4.

    PS: Phil Spencer, what are you doing buddy? You were supposed to save the Xbone. This last year and a half, you’ve been smelling a lot like Don “The Jacket” Mattrick.

  • Jonah Cash

    Woa!! That is big news. I thought it looked decent enough to at least make it to a release. Wouldn’t have been amazing but the story intrigued me quite a bit.

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