Microsoft Believes Scalebound Could Boost Xbox One Sales In Japan

We’re sure it will help, just how much is anyone’s guess.

Posted By | On 29th, Sep. 2015 Under News


Yesterday, we found out a couple of reasons why Scalebound is an Xbox One exclusive. Today we found out that the relationship between Platinum Games, the developer of the game and Microsoft is indeed quite the little love affair. While Platinum agreed to the exclusivity in large part because its team has always been a fan of the Microsoft consoles, the Xbox One team believes this deal could greatly help the console boost sales in places like Japan.

The console has faced an uphill battle when it comes to even getting close to the PS4 in Japan but the Xbox Marketing manager recently told Dualshockers at the Tokyo Fanfest that he believes this is the game that could turn things around. Masashi Inoue was asked flat out whether Scalebound could be a gamechanger when it comes to console says and he answered “oh yes, oh yes.” He went on to explain the company is well known in Japan and has a good following.

“I think not only it’s an exclusive for Xbox, but PlatinumGames is well known, and has big fans in Japan and also overseas. So, having seen those great demos, I firmly believe that that it’s going to deliver a lot of excitement to our customers, and we’re looking forward to the release.” Inoue said. Whether or not the game really does change the landscape for the Xbox One is really something we’re not going to be able to see until the game actually hits stores. Scalebound is due to release sometime in 2016.

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  • red2k

    Microsoft needs something from Mistwalker. Phill need put Hironobu Sakaguchi back in the game. Scalebound + Mistwalker IP will help.

  • Mark

    Regardless of wether Scalebound turns out to be true awesomeness, it won’t matter in Japan. I understand Microsoft doing deals with some of the best Japanese devs out, and tryna make some noise over there, but it won’t matter! Give up. They’re beating a horse that’s been dead before launch over there lol.

    But I guess this is this guy’s job.

    • Alistein

      So true. It’s best to focus on other parts of Asia. China and South Korea for starters. Last gen the X360 got some great support from South Korean developers like phantagrams with 99nights and circle of doom and also the magna Carta rpg from Softmax. In my opinion working with Softmax or Phantagram for an exclusive triple A rpg would yield better results than the final fantasy or Dragon Quest series.
      I do think Scalebound will do well not because of it, s Jrpg nature but because it is mainly directed towards a western audience while they’re at it could they have Mistwalker’s Cry On released.
      If they are still interested in Japan though I would say go with Mist Walker like last gen and give Valhalla studios a second chance to do the development of a Mistwalker game.

    • Mark

      I remember 99 Nights haha, and ur right, they need to focus on China and South Korea. The fact they’re now investing in more first and 3rd party exclusives than ever, I feel confident Platintum and Comcept (Keiji Inafune) aren’t the only ones they’re doing business with. We’ll see next E3

    • Alistein

      I hope so. China and South Korea are pretty rich in cultural heritage and I think that works well in rpgs. Also their progression and quality in movies makes me want to see what they’re capable of when given the chance. Like to see games developed with similar quality and production levels as those seen in their movies, Who knows it might lead to the birth of something big and new for the industry.


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