Xbox One Exclusive Scalebound Has Been Cancelled

Xbox One Scalebound

Times have been hard on venerated studio Platinum Games.  Last year saw the release of two of their biggest critical flops with Star Fox Zero and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.  The latter of those two has already seen its license expire surprisingly early and has been pulled from all digital storefronts less than a year after its release.  Seeing two disappointments from the studio in a row is unexpected given their history of high-quality releases with games like the Bayonetta series and Metal Gear Rising.  Platinum Games was also formed by several former members of Clover Studios, know for its own cult classics like Viewtiful Joe and Okami.  Now, one of their highly anticipated titles, Scalebound, has been cancelled.

Why Xbox One Scalebound was cancelled?

Scalebound was going to be a cooperative hack-and-slash that would have had you and your friends working with huge dragons to bring down even bigger monsters.  It officially ceased development according to a statement released by a Microsoft spokesperson on the game’s official website.  The game was planned to be an Xbox One exclusive and was posed to be a valuable title for broadening the console’s appeal.  Microsoft makes mention of several Xbox One exclusives that are still on the way in their statement concerning the cancellation, including Halo Wars 2 and Sea of Thieves.  An exact reason on why development ceased has not been stated.  Platinum Games is still working on releasing NieR: Automata, a sequel to the 2010 action-RPG published by Square-Enix, sometime this year.

What are your thoughts on this promising title hitting the end of the line?  Did Scalebound‘s announcement and/or cancellation have any effect on your decision on whether or not to get an Xbox One?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Scalebound – Xbox One Exclusive Gameplay Revealed

Scalebound is the next game from developer Platinum Games, responsible for fast paced high octane action such as Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. After first being revealed at E3 in 2014 with a slick looking CGI trailer, the first look at gameplay was presented at Gamescom 2015.

You can see from the gameplay video below that this game will feature melee based combat, reminiscent of Devil May Cry, and a giant dragon that you control to do your bidding. The similarities between Scaledbound and Devil May Cry don’t stop with combat, the main character seems to have been inspired by the series. He has a cocky attitude, mysterious powers and a love for putting on headphones before a battle. Much like Nero’s demon arm, the main character has what appears to be a scaled arm which I am sure will play a pivotal role in the story.

What was not shown in the trailer is whether the dragon is a playable feature or a simply an ally that is commanded to complete certain actions. This is certainly a feature that everyone wants to see and could be what distinguishes this game from other third person action games.

What did you think of the Scalebound gameplay reveal? Are you as excited to play it now the gameplay has been revealed? Let me know in the comments below.