Microsoft have confirmed cancellation of their much anticipated upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Scalebound.
Scalebound, from Platinum Games, was set to be an open-world action RPG starring a male protagonist and his dragon companion, with an intricate customization system, huge boss battles and impressive four person co-op gameplay.
Originally announced at E3 2014, Scalebound was scheduled for release before the end of 2016 but was officially pushed back to 2017.
Rumours of development problems circulated following some choice tweets from Hideki Kamiya, and after it was spotted that the official Scalebound account had been marked as private on Twitter, and game footage had been removed from Microsoft’s YouTube channel.
This was later confirmed in a statement from Microsoft, which gave little away as to why the project came to an end after four years in development.
“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. “
The game joins Fable Legends and the Phantom Dust remake in the graveyard of seemingly cancelled Microsoft exclusives, but the statement goes on to highlight the studio’s upcoming releases.
“We’re working hard to deliver an amazing line-up of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and other great experiences.”