Update: Scalebound has officially been canceled. After the recent rumor popped up, Microsoft has confirmed the new to IGN and released the following 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.”
Original: We haven’t heard anything new about Platinum Games’ Scalebound in quite a while, and it might be because it’s about to get canceled.
Several sources have told Kotaku that the ambitious action title has been in development hell for a long time. If you recall, Scalebound was announced at E3 2014, and was later shown to the press in a few conventions. However, last he heard, everything was going well, and the game was rescheduled for a 2017 release.
When approached for comment, Microsoft has only this to say: :”We’ll have more to share on ‘Scalebound’ soon.”
The rumor seems to have some weight behind it, thanks to a tweet by industry insider Shinobi602, who claims the game has missed its milestones and that director Hideki Kamiya is “stressed as hell”.
@mistermegative Too much to put into one tweet. Rough dev, missed milestones, Kamiya stressed as hell, heard it’s canned.
— shinobi602 (@shinobi602) January 9, 2017
Without any official word from Microsoft, it’s hard to tell if any of this is legit, though it doesn’t look good for Scalebound. However, if all of this turns out to be just a big scare, just know the game is supposed to come out for PC and Xbox One later this year.