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Just a few hours ago Microsoft officially announced that they are cancelling Scalebound, the much hyped action RPG featuring around dragons and four player online co-op. They released a statement saying:

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.

Scalebound was last shown off at Gamescom 2016 in August; a month later, the game’s official Twitter page started getting quiet. Apparently Hideki Kamiya – the director of the game, also responsible for creating stellar action games like Devil May Cry, Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 – had to take a temporary leave due to the extra workload of the project.

This certainly comes as a shock to us fans; it was one of my most anticipated releases of this year after The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Persona 5. Platinum have never failed at delivering a well made experience for players on any system, so this out-of-the-blue decision can only be chalked down to Microsoft’s hindrances in development (this is especially evident by the sub-par performance of the Scalebound demos and their Twitter inactivty).

There is a chance that Scalebound could be revived by Microsoft in the future for the upcoming Scorpio system (since they own the IP) but then the game wouldn’t be the same without Platinum.

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