Scalebound is not dead according to the latest rumours. Apparently, Microsoft and Platinum are discussing reviving this cancelled Xbox exclusive.
Cancelled Xbox exclusive Scalebound could be coming back according to Xbox insider Nick Baker aka Shpeshal Nick. During the latest episode of the XboxEra podcast (1:24:00), Baker revealed that Platinum Games might be working with Microsoft to try and bring back Scalebound to life.
The project is apparently still in its infancy so it won't be coming anytime soon. Baker does not know whether this will be the same game as the original Scalebound or something completely different. The only information that the insider shared is that Platinum Games and Microsoft are looking into working on this dragon-themed action-adventure again.
"It's early, we're talking very, very early now, but I've been told that Platinum is working with Xbox again to look at bringing back Scalebound," Baker revealed.
If the rumour is indeed legit, our guess is that Platinum Games would probably start the development from scratch in Unreal Engine 5 . The concept could stay the same, meaning players get to control a character with special powers, ride and command their dragon and fight super-large beasts.
We'd also expect vast open areas so players can fully utilise their dragon against other massive bosses. The original Scalebound was marketed as an open-world game and it did look pretty big in some trailers. Still, we never saw much of its open world to properly judge just how big this universe actually was.
Scalebound was originally announced at Microsoft's E3 2014 games showcase. Platinum Games dropped two more trailers since that reveal, focusing on combat and co-op features. Scalebound was officially cancelled three years later in 2017.
"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," Microsoft said at that time.
Platinum Games have recently said that the blame for Scalebound cancellation was on both Microsoft and themselves, and how it was unfair that Microsoft had to take all the heat for the entire mess.
We guess both companies can still redeem themselves by delivering a truly spectacular Scalebound title for the next Xbox consoles, sometime in 2027. Until then, ready your seatbelts, it's going to be one heck of a ride.
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