This week, it came out that Microsoft’s third party exclusive, Scalebound, being developed by Platinum Games, has been canceled. It’s all official, and after 4 years of development, the IP has been canned. Platinum Games’ Chief Executive issued a statement addressing the circumstances.
“We’re sorry to say that on January 9, 2017, Microsoft Studios announced the cancellation of Scalebound. We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.
“Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR: Automata in March, and including products like Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link and Lost Order in the future.”
Microsoft themselves issued a statement on the official website for Scalebound saying “Today, I have a difficult announcement to share that affects our fans, Microsoft Studios team and a valued partner. After careful deliberation, we have come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. This decision was not made lightly.
At Microsoft, we remain committed to making Xbox and Windows 10 the best places to play games, and look forward to bringing “Halo Wars 2”, “Crackdown 3”, “State of Decay 2”, “Sea of Thieves” and other great experiences to our fans.”
Microsoft and Xbox is in dire need of more unique IPs, and while I wasn’t one of the excited fans for Scalebound, fans on the system awaiting the dragon-friending RPG will feel distraught, and will need to search for something else to excite them.
Sorry to bring you such bad news at the start of the year. All I can do for you is to promise to keep delivering fun games.
— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017
As it stands, Microsoft are looking like the bad guy in this situation, and I can’t blame fans for making it feel like that. However, head of Xbox Phil Spencer believes the decision was ‘better for Xbox gamers’, so I guess we’ll have to take his word on that? In Phil we trust, right? :/
@TiC_Podcast Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 9, 2017