Scalebound Cancellation: Developers Comment on the Situation


Dragons, extinct.

Executives from PlatinumGames, developer on the now-cancelled Xbox exclusive, Scalebound, have released statements about the surprise announcement.

On Platinum’s website, company president Kenichi Sato said:

“We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.

“Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR:Automata in March, and including products like GRANBLUE FANTASY Project Re:Link and LOST ORDER in the future.

We will keep working hard to meet your expectations and we look forward to your continued support!”

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Meanwhile, game director Hideki Kamiya wrote a series of tweets about the situation:

As you may have already heard, Scalebound has unfortunately been canceled. I’m very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to this game.

— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017

Sorry to bring you such bad news at the start of the year. All I can do for you is to promise to keep delivering fun games.

— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017

I’ll work extra hard to never have to let you down like this again, so I hope you will keep watching over us in the future too.

— 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 11, 2017

Kamiya also refuted rumours that he has taken time off for his mental health amidst the game’s troubles.

Interestingly, the latest issue of Famitsu (as spotted by Siliconera and translated by IGN) includes a feature on Japanese developers’ ambitions for the new year. Inside, Platinum producer Atsushi Inaba explains that ““we’re putting all our efforts into creating a new title”, while Kamiya says, “we are quietly making progress.”

It’s not clear whether the two statements were made in the same conversation, but it could be an implication that Kamiya has already transitioned to a new project.

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Some have speculated that Microsoft’s removal of mentions of Scalebound from its websites is because Platinum retrains the rights to the Kamiya passion project, but neither Microsoft nor platinum has commented on this.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he’d give Kamiya a hug if he didn’t think he’d be knocked out for trying. Follow him on Twitter.