If you’ve been waiting for Platinum Games’ Scalebound ever since its development back in 2013, you’re about to get some disappointing news. Microsoft has confirmed it is dropping the Xbox One and PC-exclusive action game from its 2017 lineup. The company has not detailed why was Scalebound cancelled. But sources claim it might be due to its development process that grew particularly tortuous last year.
“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” a spokesperson for the tech giant announced. Apparently, the project was a heavy workload, according to insiders. Several senior developers forcibly took a month off of working on the game.
When they returned, the game, per The Verge, was even more behind schedule than before. With all the existing missed deadlines and engine troubles, a cancellation was seemingly inevitable.
Many fans have seen this coming, though. Gamespot reports rumors of its cancellation brewed after the removal of the game’s Xbox.com page from its website. The page now redirects to the site’s homepage. A number of reports including a tweet from Unseen64 and Did You Know Gaming‘s Liam Robertson also emerged recently that the game was potentially in trouble.
Furthermore, Scalebound’s title was absent from a recent Xbox Wire blog post that rounded up the upcoming 2017 releases. There were scarce details available as well since its E3 2016 presentation.
Microsoft initially scheduled a 2016 release for Scalebound. But the aforementioned hurdles presumably pushed it until 2017 alongside Crackdown 3 and Halo Wars 2.
Last August, the game publisher explained the delays, citing a crowded holiday release slate. First- and third-party games like Gears of War 4, Battlefield 1, ReCore, Forza Horizon 3, Dead Rising 4, and Titanfall 2 have stuffed Microsoft’s holiday 2016 lineup back then. “There’s more than enough games,” Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said.
Is Revival Possible?
Unfortunately, it’s unclear if there’s a chance for its revival through another party. It’s possible, however unlikely, that another publisher would swoop in and provide the necessary funds to continue the game’s production. Fans will have to wait and see.
Cinema Blend says it would depend on who has the rights to the partial content created. If Platinum Games is the rights holder, it could happen. If Microsoft gets to keep everything, then players should pretty much forget about it.
Whatever the reason is to why was Scalebound cancelled, it certainly is a crushing news for the gamers. Although Microsoft promised to deliver an incredible roster of games this year. It includes the delayed Halo Wars 2 and Crackdown 3, as well as the State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves among other great experiences.