The cancellation of PlatinumGames and Microsoft’s dragon-fueled action title Scalebound is one that stings to this day. The inherent potential of the project and the track record of PlatinumGames with action titles could have combined in something special, and there are many who hold out hope to this day that maybe the project will be revived in some way, shape, or form down the road.
It seems PlatinumGames itself hasn’t given up hopes of that happening either. Speaking in an interview with IGN Japan, the studio’s CEO Atsushi Inaba said that there’s still plenty of interest in Scalebound at the company, especially with Hideki Kamya, who was going to be the original game’s director. He then added that they would like to have “a proper discussion with Microsoft” about the same.
“Kamiya has always wanted to do Scalebound. So we’d like to have a proper discussion with Microsoft,” Inaba said (translated by VGC).
Meanwhile, Kamiya himself cheekily shot Xbox boss Phil Spencer an opening, saying, “We did a lot of work on it, and it’s no use Microsoft keeping the game in its current form, so we’d like to do something about it (laughs). Phil! Let’s do it together!”
Whether anything comes of this remains to be seen, but there’s little doubt that there’s no shortage of interest in Scalebound, and if Platinum and Xbox were indeed to partner up again to make the project of reality, they’d have plenty of people looking forward to it.
For now, PlatinumGames is working on Babylon’s Fall and Bayonetta 3– and it seems like the company will be shifting its focus to live service development going forward. Read more on that through here.