Scalebound Resurrection Hopes Reignite as PlatinumGames Expresses Interest in Discussions with Microsoft

Scalebound Resurrection Hopes Reignite as PlatinumGames Expresses Interest in Discussions with Microsoft

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Richard Walker

It seems that Scalebound is the cancelled game that refuses to go away, as developer PlatinumGames has expressed a desire to return to the game, the studio stating that it's interested in entering discussions with Microsoft (specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer) about resurrecting the project.

A co-op action RPG positioned to be a major Xbox exclusive release for 2017, Microsoft decided to cancel the game in January that year, and ever since, there have been rumblings abound regarding a potential comeback for the doomed title.

“[Scalebound Director, Hideki] Kamiya has always wanted to do Scalebound. So we’d like to have a proper discussion with Microsoft,” PlatinumGames CEO and President Atsushi Inaba commented in a chat with IGN Japan (translated by VGC).

"We did a lot of work on it, and it’s no use Microsoft keeping the game in its current form, so we’d like to do something about it," Kamiya added with a laugh. “Phil! Let’s do it together!”

Since its cancellation, Platinum has accepted equal responsibility with Microsoft for the ill-fated project, stating on multiple occasions that Scalebound is something it would love to revisit. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has countered and debunked rumours of a revival, and Kamiya has admitted that PlatinumGames wasn't experienced enough to deliver on Scalebound's promise at the time.

When we previewed Scalebound back in 2016, the game displayed some strong ideas and the combat looked to be in keeping with PlatinumGames' trademark style. Naturally, it was disappointing to see the game canned less than a year later, but should discussions between Platinum and Microsoft take place and bear fruit, it'd be great to see it make a comeback.

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  • Game had potential but I don't think coop challenges was the way to go maybe 3 player story coop would be better
  • I'm down to give Platinum another shot at it.
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