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The much-hyped action game Scalebound was announced to be cancelled yesterday via Twitter. The post was confirmed by Microsoft, who released the following official statement:
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. For more information on our 2017 plans, please visit: https://news.xbox.com/2017/01/05/xbox-closes-milestone-year-in-2016/.
Xbox spokesman Phil Spencer commented on Twitter that cancelling Scalebound was a “difficult decision”, but he believes the result will “be better for Xbox gamers”. He also added that he is confident in the 2017 games lineup.
@TiC_Podcast Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 9, 2017
Scalebound was the next new titled to be developed by Platinum Games, the developers behind beloved action titles like Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Reasons for the game’s cancellation are still being speculated. There were rumors involving the director of the game taking time off for health reasons, though Microsoft asserts it was largely a business decision.
Scalebound was initially announced at E3 2014 with a cinematic trailer. Gameplay was later shown a year later at Gamescom 2015. Like previous Platinum titles, Scalebound was going to be a third-person action RPG. For a glimpse of what could have been, check out the pre-alpha gameplay footage below.