It’s really starting to look like games that involve dragons are simply bad luck. Scalebound, the once in development action/adventure title from Microsoft and Platinum Games, has been confirmed by multiples sources to be canceled. This also confirms from both Eurogamer and Kokatu, so it looks like this is legit. All ties with Microsoft and Platinum Games have been severed and Scalebound development has ceased. Earlier in January 2016, Scalebound was delayed and an update was provided by Platinum Games.

“Development on the game is going well and we’re really happy with how it’s coming together. Scalebound is one of the biggest games Platinum Games has ever created: an epic adventure filled with exploration and fantasy gameplay, inventive multiplayer, and action-packed battles on an unbelievable scale–all set in a beautiful and evolving world. It’s the game our team has always dreamed of making.

Many, including myself, had wondered why we haven’t heard much regarding the title of the recent months. Now we know why.

The cancellation of the title is a major blow to Microsoft’s 2017 Xbox gaming line-up and sadly. Definitely being quite the complete opposite of what Xbox owners and fans had wanted from the company. This follows the cancellation of Lionhead’s Fable Legends, as well the poor sales of Quantum Break and ReCore. While both websites are reporting the cancellation, there has been on official word from Microsoft.  We’ve reached out to Microsoft for more clarification regarding the cancellation.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the cancellation of Scalebound.

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 Scalebound was in development for the Wii and had been one of Platinum Games concepts when the studio was first formed and was the creation of Hideki Kamiya. Originally an employee of Capcom, he founded Platinum Games during 2006, with several other former Capcom members.

I was really looking forward to this game, there goes all of that hype and hope, out the window. I know there’s going to be a bunch of Xbox One owners who are going to be frustrated regarding the news, as Scalebound was sounding very promising. Plus, dragons make anything better. 

Platinum Games next upcoming title is the Square Enix published title Nier: Automata, which is being released on PlayStation 4 and PC.

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