It's Official: Microsoft Has Cancelled Scalebound (UPDATE)

by Robert Workman


UPDATE 2: Well, the hammer has fallen. “After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Polygon. “We're working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2Crackdown 3State of Decay 2Sea of Thieves and other great experiences.

UPDATE: Eurogamer has noted that Microsoft and Platinum Games have gone their separate ways on the project, with work concluding on it at the end of 2016. The site noted that the relationship between the two companies soured following an appearance at GamesCom 2016 a few months back, and several staffers opted to take a month off following reports of the game's insanely heavy workload. When they returned, issues arose with Scalebound's development in terms of scheduling and progress, and a decision was ultimately made to stop development.

Again, we're still waiting for Microsoft's official word, but things aren't looking good...

ORIGINAL STORY: Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has been slowly but surely hyping Scalebound, an action/adventure developed by Platinum Games (Bayonetta 2) revolving around a heroic warrior and a mighty dragon that follows him into battle. As of late, though, we haven’t heard much about the game…and that could be distressing news.

Various sources indicate that Scalebound has been cancelled by Microsoft. The game wasn’t featured in Microsoft’s previously posted 2017 round-up on its Xbox Wire page, and the game’s official page appears to have been taken down.

Microsoft stopped just short of confirming the game’s cancellation, though, noting, “We’ll have more to share on Scalebound soon.”

This isn’t the first time that Microsoft’s taken a highly hyped product and scuttled it for the sake of business. Last year, the company folded up the Fable Legends project in the midst of its beta, and shut down Lionhead Studios soon thereafter – the developers that brought the Fable series to life in the first place.

But Scalebound is a much bigger deal. Microsoft has been showing off bits and pieces of gameplay over the past few months, getting players excited for the magnificent battles between your player’s dragon and a much larger boss dragon, amongst other fights. And the game has received a heavy bit of hype following its gameplay reveal last year, indicating that it could be one of the company’s bigger titles for 2017.

We’ll keep you posted once more information becomes available on the fate of Scalebound. But here’s hoping it’s not cancelled. After all, any good game by Platinum is worth its weight in gold – just ask anyone who’s ripped through Bayonetta 2 or Transformers: Devastation.

You can check out the latest gameplay from Scalebound below. It was initially set for release on Xbox One and Windows 10, as part of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere program.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.