Hold onto your dragons, Xbox fans! Rumors are swirling that the beloved and long-canceled game Scalebound may be making a comeback. Six years ago, Microsoft and Platinum Games' collaboration was scrapped, leaving fans heartbroken. But now, according to Xbox leaker Nick "Shpeshal_Nick" Baker, the two companies are back in talks to revive the IP, although it's still in the "very, very early" stages.
For those who may not remember, Scalebound was first announced at E3 2014 as an action RPG set in the fantasy world of Draconis. The game was slated for release in 2017 as a PC and Xbox title but was eventually scrapped in January of that year. Scalebound was anticipated to be played from a third-person perspective, in which players assumed the role of Drew and his dragon companion Thuban, who they could control in first-person.
Scalebound was ahead of its time and considered a new experience for Xbox gamers, drawing heavy inspiration from ARPGs like Sorcerian and Dragon Quest. However, it was a highly ambitious project, and subsequently posed a massive challenge that the development studio Platinum Games could not overcome. As a result, the project was shelved for reasons that were never specified.
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Noteworthy, Platinum Games studio head Atsushi Inaba expressed interest in revisiting Scalebound in a 2020 interview with Eurogamer, which sparked rumors of a potential revival. However, these rumors were later shut down by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who said that he had "nothing to say" concerning the game.
That said, if a revival is in the works, it's likely still in the early stages of development, as Nick mentioned. If not, it's clear that the game has not been forgotten, and it remains a popular topic among fans of the Xbox franchise that will (hopefully) get revived in the future. It's worth keeping an eye on this rumor, as the possibility of a Scalebound revival would be a welcome addition to Xbox's exclusive library and could help them to compete with PlayStation's strong line-up of exclusive games.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information in this article is based on rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt. While the possibility of a Scalebound revival is exciting news, there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft or PlatinumGames. We advise readers not to get their hopes up too much until there is concrete information from the companies themselves. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our readers with any further developments.