So about that ANTiFanboy Singles episode…Last week I did an episode looking ahead in 2017 for the big three game companies; Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. On Microsoft’s end I talked at length about their exclusive with the most promise, Scalebound. It was a title made by the makers of Bayonetta, director Hideki Kamiya and you could ride dragons and fight alongside other real world dragon riders.
It showed a lot of promise, but Microsoft announced earlier that Scalebound is in fact, ceasing production.
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.
Announced at E3 2014 Scalebound was set to release in 2016 and delayed into 2017 where we had heard nothing from the title until this announcement. Eurogamer claims that production on the title actually ceased before the end of 2016:
Scalebound was last seen in public back at Gamescom 2016 in August. Since then, the relationship between Microsoft and Osaka-based developer Platinum Games dramatically soured.
Work on the game took a serious knock last autumn, Eurogamer sources say, when several senior members of the development team were forced to take a month away from the pressure of the project’s heavy workload.
These project members then returned, but Scalebound was now behind schedule. With continuing issues surrounding the game’s engine and overdue deadlines, the decision was made that the project could no longer continue.
So Microsoft’s official statement confirms this, but are quick to let us know that titles like, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2 and Sea of Thieves exist.
Hopefully the developers over at Platinum and Xbox can bounce back from a tough cancellation.