Microsoft released an official statement today explaining that the Platinum Games developed Xbox One exclusive Scalebound has been cancelled.
Specifically, Microsoft had this to say on the matter:
Naturally, my condolences go to the team that was working on the game and I hope that the studio itself is okay. After all, it was only recently that the Platinum Games developed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan was delisted from a variety of digital storefronts, not to mention the resignation of the studio's former CEO in April of last year. From the outside at least, things look a bit turbulent for the studio.
Cancelling a game is not a trivial matter though and it’s unfortunate that this has happened. After all, the Xbox One is badly in need of new and varied games in its library. That said, from the footage that was released in August of 2015 the game did appear to have rather generic combat.
However, if I were to make a prediction then I think we will be hearing of more AAA game cancellations before long. The budgets to develop and market a modern console game have now far exceeded what many of them make back. This cannot go on indefinitely.
The good news is that Platinum Games is still working on games like Nier: Automata and Granblue Fantasy Project Re:LINK, so the studio has some current projects on the go at least.
I do hope that Platinum Games can stick around though and that Scalebound's cancellation hasn't hit the studio too hard. I’ve generally enjoyed the studio’s games and it would be a great shame to lose one of the more varied and interesting developers out there.
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