Scalebound Director Talks Recent Cancellation and Addresses Rumors of Time Off

Scalebound Director

You may recall a few days ago that Scalebound, a highly anticipated action rpg for Xbox One and PC, was cancelled by Microsoft. Many of the developers expressed their thoughts and feelings on the cancellation, including the Scalebound director, and the Chief executive of the project, Kenichi Sato. Sato was disappointed with the outcome but noted on Platinum Games’ official blog that the studio is still planning to release several other games that fans can anticipate and enjoy.

We’re sorry to say that on January 9, 2017, Microsoft Studios announced the cancellation of Scalebound. We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.

Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR:Automata in March, and including products like GRANBLUE FANTASY Project Re:Link and LOST ORDER in the future.

We will keep working hard to meet your expectations and we look forward to your continued support!

President and CEO
Kenichi Sato

Lead developer Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and Scalebound, was rumored to be taking time off for mental health reasons. Kamiya indicated otherwise on Twitter yesterday with a series of Tweets. He addressed not only the cancellation, but also his supposed time off.

The Scalebound director expressed deep regret for the game being cancelled, and apologized for the news coming at the start of the year (January 9th). Kamiya promised fans that Platinum Games was still developing fun and interesting titles that they could look forward to. In addition, he stated that he would work “extra hard” not to let fans down in the future and asked them to keep watching the company.

Kamiya made it clear as well that he was not taking time off for mental health reasons and was still working hard to develop games for Platinum. The Scalebound director seemed well enough, and enthusiastic for the future. You can read more of Kamiya’s tweets here!

In contrast, Microsoft has stripped Scalebound from their website and YouTube channels, rendering the game all but gone in their minds. The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, later noted that the decision to cancel was a difficult one, but that he felt it would be better for gamers on the Xbox. This does leave some speculation to the decision, but in the end, we can only hope that Platinum will come forward with clarification soon if it plans to keep developing the game apart from Microsoft.

What are your thoughts on Scalebound director Hideki Kamiya’s comments? Are you hopeful for a revival of Scalebound? Sound off in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter so you can stay up to date on the latest gaming news.

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    May 18, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    […] Despite its cancellation that had many Scalebound hopefuls around the world disapointed, it seems that Microsoft isn’t quite ready to let it completely die out. Though removing any mention of the game from all media outlets, one Twitter user noticed that the publisher recently renewed its trademark claim on the Scalebound name. Given that the registration for the name was no where near its expiration, this has more than a few people quirking an eyebrow in interest at the cancelled Scalebound title. […]

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