Over the course of the day, rumors regarding the state of development for Platinum Games’ upcoming game Scalebound ranged from another delay for the game to total cancellation. Many press outlets reached out to Microsoft regarding the rumors and were told that news regarding Scalebound would be announced soon. Quickly upon hearing the rumors, many gamers and journalist noticed Microsoft’s official listing for Scalebound had been removed from their website.
Soon after the rumors began, Microsoft reached out to many press outlets with the following announcement:
“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.”
Scalebound‘s development began in 2013 and the game was later showcased to a very receptive and excited audience during E3 2014. Microsoft and Platinum Games had planned to release it on Xbox One and Windows 10 as part of Microsoft’s ‘Play Anywhere‘ program. Even after suffering multiple delays, fans were still eager to get their hands on Scalebound.
In Scalebound, the player was going to take the role of a character who was accompanied by the last dragon left in the world. The duo would have been tasked with saving the Draconis, though we might never know exactly what they were, and what their role in the story was. Platinum Games’ page for Scalebound (which, as of writing this article, is still live) lists the game as follows: “Embark on an epic and dangerous journey across a faraway land like none you’ve ever seen. There, you’ll encounter ground-shakingly massive beasts, and meet the only being that can stand against their overwhelming stampede: the last living member of a sacred race – a dragon.”
See Scalebound in action in the video from E3 2016 below:
Gameplay from Gamescom 2015: