Published: Thu, January 12, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Microsoft cancels dragon game Scalebound and fans are DEVASTATED


Following rumors, Microsoft has officially confirmed that it has ended production on the development of Scalebound, an action RPG previously in development at Platinum Games for Xbox One and PC and planned for a 2017 release.

First announced in 2014 at E3, Scalebound was said to be a departure from the crazy-action gameplay that developer PlatinumGames is known for. As of late, though, we haven't heard much about the game...and that could be distressing news. Eurogamer also reported the cancellation prior to the Xbox-maker's official notice and offered a few more details from its sources.

All in all, Scalebound is no longer in development!

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Scalebound only appeared once more and that was around a month after E3 2016, mentioned as being a part of Microsoft's new Xbox Play Anywhere program that allowed for a greater degree of compatibility, and occasionally cross-buy functionality, between the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. Xbox is left with Cuphead, Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, Tacoma, and more as console exclusives this year. The schedule issues, combined with on-going issues with the game engine, ultimately led to its cancellation. Eurogamer has asked Microsoft for comment. Scalebound is a truly special project that's been several years in the making, and we are very proud and inspired by all the work our team has done so far.

Little has been since of Crackdown 3 since August of 2015. So it's not as though Xbox fans don't have plenty to look forward to.

It's an unusual reaction - entries for other recently cancelled Microsoft exclusives such as Fable Legends and the Phantom Dust remake can still be found on both its website and YouTube channel. A year ago, in January 2016, Platinum revealed that the game had been delayed until 2017, "in order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations".

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