Microsoft Stops Development For 'Scalebound'

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 11, 2017 08:48 AM EST

There have been rumors floating around saying that Microsoft's action-RPG "Scalebound" was in trouble. Unfortunately for fans, the company has confirmed that the development has been cancelled. The game was going to be an exclusive title made for the Xbox One and PC and was speculated to go for a 2017 release schedule.

The studio cited in an official statement that "after careful deliberation", a decision was made to stop the production of the game. They also claim to be "working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year." They also mentioned "Crackdown 3," "Sea of Thieves," "State of Decay 2," "Halo Wars 2" and more, Kotaku reports.

"Scalebound" was previously put on hold in 2006 when PlatinumGames focused on making "Bayonetta." Additionally, the developer ended up working on "Bayonetta 2" and "The Wonderful 101" for the Nintendo Wii U. The game reportedly started development back in 2013 after a 7-year hiatus.

It was officially unveiled at "E3 2014" and was the first title that Hideki Kamiya worked on to feature some RPG elements. The game was also previewed at "Gamescom 2015" and "E3 2016." The title was supposed to be released last year and later reported to enter the market in 2017, as reported by Digital Trends.

The game lets players control the main protagonist named Drew. The events take place in a land called Draconis and showcase a dragon companion called Thuban. It features a mix of magic and technology as the main character supposedly relies on artificial intelligence to communicate with his creature. Players could also switch between Drew and Thuban using the game's dragon link mode.

A gameplay trailer for "Scalebound" also shows other companions fighting alongside the main character. Each of them also partner up with a different dragon and appear to boast different attacks skills. The video shows the party ganging up to defeat a giant spider-like boss. It also showcases a power up mode wherein the characters change into armored forms akin to Dante's Devil Trigger mode in Capcom's "Devil May Cry" series.

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