The Platinum Games developed Xbox One exclusive has been cancelled, as confirmed by Microsoft earlier today. The official statement is below.
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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/.
This is not completely unexpected, but definitely unwelcome. The most shocking part is how cold and dismissive the press release is. They take all of 15 words to address Scalebound before bringing up all their other exclusives. Xbox at this point does not have the exclusives that Sony has to draw players in. And out of the exclusives Microsoft lists Crackdown 3 has had a rumored troubled production and Sea of Thieves is mostly a mystery, State of Decay 2 is a sequel to a cult downloadable game, and Halo Wars 2 will be available on the PC and frankly probably won’t thrill the RTS or core Halo crowds. I don’t own an Xbox One but I’m far from a Sony fanboy, but Sony has done a great job putting out a multitude of varied and (mostly) quality exclusives like Bloodborne, Street Fighter V (it has issues but I love it), The Last Guardian, Persona 5, etc. It’s useless to speculate why the game was cancelled until we have more details, but here’s hoping that NieR: Automata does well for Platinum so they can stay afloat.