Platinum Games’ action-RPG Scalebound was canceled several years ago after development troubles became too much to keep going, but the studio now wants to revive the game. Of course, it’s all up to Microsoft on whether or not they wish to fund the project, which they had been prior to canceling it.
Former Scalebound director Hideki Kamiya and Platinum Games president Atsushi Inaba spoke to IGN Japan (via VGC), saying they wanted to continue working on the project, with Kamiya jesting that “it’s no use [to] Microsoft keeping it in its current form,” before pleading to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.
One of the last videos shown of Scalebound, prior to its cancellation, was a cooperative gameplay reveal. Players would have been allowed to fly on the backs of their dragons, shooting arrows and taking on powerful enemies together. For much of the gameplay in Scalebound, it appears it would have been a mix of flashy combat and indirect attacks from the dragon.
It is likely that this game will see a revive at this point? No, but Platinum Games is definitely more experienced with online play than when Scalebound was in development. The studio is currently working on Babylon’s Fall, an online-focused action title for PS4, PS5, and PC.