As reported by several sources and confirmed by Microsoft as of just over an hour ago, the Platinum action game for Xbox One and PC, Scalebound has officially been cancelled.
This is the official word from Microsoft:
“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.”
The game was first revealed at E3 in 2014 and had a gameplay showing at last year’s E3 that while it looked impressive, a major part of me started to worry about the game as I wondered if it was going to hold up. As I’ve read a little further about this sudden cancellation, it looks like the game may have actually been in developmental hell for a long time leading up to the 2014 reveal.
In terms of the game itself, in my opinion I wasn’t planning on playing this game, it never really interested me at any point, other than being a Platinum-developed game, which after playing games like the Bayonetta series and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the company name alone at least gets your attention. But in all honestly, I don’t think this game was going to see much success, based on the general reactions from the reveal and the more recent gameplay showing. Could it have made money? Yes, but I think the odds of that were low enough that Microsoft felt it would be better to just cut their losses now than finish the game and potentially spend/lose more money.
It always sucks to see a major release cancelled, but that’s how it goes sometimes.