Following rumours that dragon-themed role-playing game Scalebound was experiencing developmental difficulties, Microsoft have tonight confirmed that the title has been cancelled.
In a statement issued to multiple press outlets, IGN and Polygon included, Microsoft stated:
“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.”
Originally slated for release on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, Scalebound was being developed by Platinum Games and would have supported cross-platform play. The game was to feature a protagonist who had the ability to call upon a draconic sidekick who would support them throughout their quest. Furthermore, the game would also have allowed the player to take control of the dragon in question, taking to the air and wreathing the battlefield in flame.
It’s not yet clear why the title was cancelled, though it has been suggested that the development cycle was ‘dragon on’ and Scalebound was not on course for completion. The game was announced in 2014 but had apparently been in development for four years. Platinum Games’ director, Hideki Kamiya, had high hopes for Scalebound and had come up with the concept in 2006. In an interview with IGN, he explained: “What I’m trying to do with Scalebound is create a very different kind of game than what I’ve created up until this point.”
How, or indeed if, the cancellation of this title will affect Platinum’s fortunes is unclear. The company has received high praise for several of its titles including Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Transformers: Devastation. However, some of their more recent releases, such as Star Fox Zero and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, have received a lukewarm reception. The latter has, in fact, been delisted from all digital storefronts, for unknown reasons.
Platinum’s next release is set to be open-world RPG Nier: Automata, due for a March release. More details regarding Scalebound’s cancellation may emerge, but for now, the game is very much extinct.