Microsoft cancels Xbox One exclusive Scalebound

Scalebound presentation poster

It was rumoured that the Xbox One and PC exclusive was in trouble after it was failed to be mentioned by Microsoft in a recent blog on 2017, as well as when it was discovered that the game's Xbox.com page had been taken down.

However, despite the hype surrounding Scalebound, Microsoft Studios chose to end the development of the title, and that it will instead focus on the rest of its 2017 lineup consisting of Halo Wars 2, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2.

There's speculation that Microsoft's enigmatic answer as to who owns the rights to the game - "we do not comment on the details of our business agreements with partners" - could mean that developer PlatinumGames will now shop Scalebound around to other potential publishers.

Robertson first brought the news up on Twitter, stating he had heard rumors of Scalebound's demise while researching a video on the development of The Wonderful 101, PlatinumGames' Nintendo Wii U exclusive.

"Scalebound is one of the biggest games PlatinumGames has ever created: an epic adventure filled with exploration and fantasy gameplay, inventive multiplayer, and action-packed battles on an unbelievable scale - all set in a attractive and evolving world". When they returned, issues arose with Scalebound's development in terms of scheduling and progress, and a decision was ultimately made to stop development. With a brand-new take on RPG and narrative, it's safe to say we were excited to see how Platinum Games' ambitious title would unravel.

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Again, we're still waiting for Microsoft's official word, but things aren't looking good.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed Scalebound's cancellation. The game's engine was also allegedly causing problems.

As shown in the E3 2016 gameplay trailer above, Scalebound placed gamers in the shoes of Drew, as he moved across the lands of Draconis accompanied by a dragon named Thuban. But the aforementioned hurdles presumably pushed it until 2017 alongside Crackdown 3 and Halo Wars 2. There was very little news about the game since its announcement, although it managed to make an appearance at E3 a year ago, and detailed some of its gameplay the following August.

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". We barely knew you at all.

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