It’s dead, Jim.
One of the most interesting and talked about canceled projects in recent memory was the unlikely collaboration between Microsoft and PlatinumGames that was Scalebound. While we ultimately saw little of the project, between being from a popular studio and also looking wholly unique, people were definitely into whatever this thing would be. But both Platinum and Microsoft just couldn’t get it to work, and the game was canned. With Platinum being on much more solid financial ground now and mulling over the canceled title, it’s led some to wonder if maybe there’s hope we could see it again. Well, unfortunately, it seems the head of Xbox has squashed that.
Speaking on the IGN Unlocked podcast, Phil Spencer was blunt in saying that neither Microsoft or Platinum are working on the canceled action game. He seems regretful that it ultimately came down to it, especially since it was such a talked about title, but in the end, it seems all parties have moved on.
“We’re not working on it,” Spencer said. “I’m not at Platinum today, but I’m almost positive they’re not working on it. It’s something we all moved past.
“It’s not a moment that I see as a high point for me in my role, having to cancel a game that we had talked about for years. But yeah, for the people out there who are kind of thinking that maybe there’s something still in the works, there’s not.”
It’s not particularly surprising, but still disappointing, since the game looked so unique. But Platinum has plenty of other projects in the works, including the next game from director Hideki Kamiya. Best not to get too wrapped in what could have been.