Scalebound, one of the most anticipated games by PlatinumGames to release this year has been cancelled. Microsoft Studios confirmed that the co-op dragon action game is no longer in production “after careful deliberation.”
PlatinumGames can be considered experts when it comes to action games with titles like Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Vanquish to their name – all of which are well known for their over-the-top stylish combat. A lot of people were excited to see what a mash-up of that combat style and the RPG genre would look like, but it looks like fans are going to be left disappointed.
From what we knew of Scalebound, it featured a brash twenty-something youth named Drew and his dragon companion named Thuban. It had an RPG leveling system allowing you to choose and level abilities catering to your playstyle of choice. While you controlled Drew and hacked and slashed your way around, you gave commands to Thuban. They had even started discussing being able to customize your dragon to your liking. There was clearly a lot going on. Maybe too much for PlatinumGames to handle.
According to a reports by Kotaku and Eurogamer, the game was “stuck in development hell,” where the senior members on the team actually took a month off due to pressure, which in turn only put more pressure on the team to meet deadlines. Of course, this resulted in Microsoft eventually shelving the game entirely.
This could be really bad for PlatinumGames who haven’t really wowed the world of gaming since their Bayonetta 2 release for the Wii U in 2014. They have only a few so-so games to their name since, such as The Legend of Korra and Star Fox Zero. Both of which are decent at best, but we all know they can do way better.
However, all is not lost for PlatinumGames as they do have another hyped game in the works: NieR: Automata. And from whatever we’ve seen so far, it looks like it could be the hit PlatinumGames needs. But it sure does suck that Scalebound is gone, we would definitely have loved some co-op dragon action.