In an interview with the site Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson announced that the company stopped the development of their much-anticipated game for PC and Xbox One, Scalebound.
The company in charge for the elaboration of the game was the Platinum Games studio from Japan, responsible for titles like Bayonetta, Vanquish, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. After four years working on this title, the tech company officially announced the cancellation of the project.
“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,” the spokesperson from Microsoft said in a statement released by Polygon.
The ambitious dragon action role-playing game was directed by Hideki Kamiya, and he was responsible for turning on the hype among fans two years ago. In the 2015 Gamescom, Kamiya stated that this title was going to be the biggest to date for Platinum Games, as it featured amazing things like four players co-operative gameplay, among other innovations.
The hype increased more after Microsoft posture of not letting the specialized press to test the game at any gaming exposition. The company announced the release of the game at the 2014 E3, as one Xbox One exclusive.
A game with a heavy “workload” of pressure
According to sources from the site Eurogamer, different members of the developing team were forced to leave the project for a month after facing massive amounts of pressure regarding the work that the game itself required.
After these team members disincorporation, the game was delayed over and over until the official cancellation was announced this Monday. It is unknown if the project could still continue under Platinum Games studio supervision, as the latest information tells that the game will never be presented to the public.
This cancellation is added to other complications the Platinum Games studio had in the past months. The launching of the expected Star Fox Zero (and the Star Fox Guard) was qualified as poor by the specialized critic along with the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan,’ who suffered the same luck as Star Fox. The TMNT title was even pulled back from stores last week.
The fans of Platinum Games studio will have to wait for the upcoming projects, which include the launch of the action role-playing game Nier: Automata, along with Square Enix, scheduled for March of this year. There is also the expectation regarding two titles without a launch date: Granblue Fantasy Project and Link and Lost Order.
Source: Windows Central