Platinum Games’ Scalebound has escalated to one of the higher profile video game cancellation. Microsoft confirmed the cancellation earlier this week with little explanation. Yesterday, both Platinum Games and Xbox head Phil Spencer apologized to fans about the cancellation.
For Platinum, the apology game from the Platinum Game’s Blog and Scalebound director Hideki Kamiya. On top of the apology for the game’s cancellation, Kamiya took to his Twitter account saying: “I’ll work extra hard to never have to let you down like this again, so I hope you will keep watching over us in the future too.” While the Platinum Games Blog stated the same, they also mentioned that the studio has several other high profile titles including NieR: Automata, GRANBLUE FANTASY Project Re:Link and LOST ORDER in the works.
During the game’s Cancellation, Xbox head Phil Spencer stated that despite the difficult choice to cancel the game, this would ultimately be better for Xbox Gamers. Spencer talked more about the cancellation today vowing that Microsoft will continue to take risks with the game’s they greenlight. “I know we have to take risks,” he said in reply to a fan. “I realize right now probably sounds hollow but I agree.”
Spencer spent most of the day replying to fans about the Scalebound cancellation, ensuring that Microsoft will not shy away from signing third-party developers from making exclusives, but will also put focus on First Party internal studios. Spencer also personally apologized for Scalebound’s cancellation stating: “It hurt me as well and to the community I apologize. I want everything we start to turn out great, to take risks, create diversity.”
It’s really unfortunately that Scalebound was cancelled, and judging from the apologies from both Platinum and Microsoft, it seems that both companies (like their fans) really wanted to see the game released.