Scalebound Trademark Renewed by Microsoft

But should you expect it to return?

Posted By | On 18th, May. 2017 Under News


When Microsoft cancelled development on Platinum Games’ Scalebound, the response was understandably angry. The company’s Xbox One platform hadn’t exactly seen a ton of exclusives and Scalebound was hyped as one of the biggest ever. It also didn’t help that Microsoft was developing a reputation for cancelling its top tier projects and dismantling the teams responsible for them (see: Lionhead and Fable Legends).

So when it recently came up (via NeoGAF) that Microsoft renewed its trademark for Scalebound, there would obviously be some speculation as to its next stop. We won’t burst your bubble or hype it up much because, well, this can go either way.

Companies usually renew trademarks for their properties, even if it seems like nothing is going on with regards to development. Look at the number of years Sega held on to the Shenmue license before Shenmue 3 was announced (that too under a different developer). Deep Down by Capcom is another good example.

That being said, something has to be done with Scalebound sooner or later. At this point, Microsoft may just be biding time to see what could become of it. That doesn’t mean it’s coming back. But it does mean that anything is possible. Makes sense?


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  • theduckofdeath

    It would be a shame for all the work to go to waste. I’be said before, cancelling a floundering SB would save a ton of money. MS could have a small team evaluate what is there, to see if it is viable.

    Moving to an established, solid engine could eradicate a wide swath of bugs and other issues. Going Scorpio (+PC) exclusive would help, too. Though I doubt MS would want to cut into sales. Any potential new engine choice would have to be highly scalable.

  • SalvagedXBot

    This gives me hope as I was personally really looking foward to this title. Hopefully they end up deciding to continue work on it at some point…..and who knows maybe make it better while they are at it 😉

  • Troy Marcel

    No more douche male leads.

    • Luke Skywalker

      More like make you’re own character…… Would be nice for buyers if they’re actually going to start up the project again

    • Mr Xrat

      But how will they appeal to the Xbox audience???

  • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    All this recent talk of no Scorpio exclusives. It sounds like somebody named ‘Phil’ is getting…

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  • Mr Xrat

    You know the pickings are slim when the only things around to excite Xgimps is emulation and trademark renewals.

    • Fweds

      Still trying the damage control, why don’t you actually play your PS Protato instead of posting negative comments on Xbox 24/7 ?
      Is it because you realise that your PS Protato can only do 30 fps on graphic intense games ? Or the lack of any real 4k.

      Can see Sony are going to be in a big mess soon, releasing what was meant to be a much more powerful system that turns out it isn’t and are now going to be forced into releasing another far to early and take a huge loss on the poor selling PS Protato.

      As Soon as Sony announce anything from now on MS will simply announce they will have one the following year which is far more powerful.

    • Mr Xrat

      What damage do I have to control? 4K/30 is expected for the Pro by now. It could do 1080p/60 though.

      The damage here is in the Xbox pickings being so slim the only thing you have to be excited about is a trademark renewal for a game that’s never coming out.

      S**ttersoft, late to the party, as always. And you think you have anything to be proud of! 🙂

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    I don’t think phil wanted this to be a single player hack n slash that dies in 2 weeks after launch. Sorta like Sony’s entire library.

    Bring it back with proper coop at 4k 60fps on scorpio when the time is right.


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