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Platinum Games would love to resurrect Scalebound but rights are with Microsoft

Those of you who were hoping that one of the four titles Platinum Games are working on is the previously canned Scalebound are in for a disappointment. While the company would love the opportunity to resurrect and rework the title, the rights of the game are 100% with Microsoft. Here’s what Platinum Games studio head Atsushi Inaba said in an interview with Eurogamer Portugal.

“Again, it’s a good question! But this was an intellectual property that belongs 100% to Microsoft. Whatever happens with this project, we can’t really do anything with it unless Microsoft leaves us. But it’s a game that we fall in love with and love. If the opportunity arises, it’s something we would love to return to.”

Platinum Games studio head Atsushi Inaba

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    1. Yes, and everyone HATED Microsoft for that.

      Scalebound looked to be an awesome game that was like Devil May Cry meets Monster Hunter.
      They even had an awesome boss fight with a giant crab monster which also showed you could play 4-player Co-Op… but out of nowhere they announced “With careful consideration, we decided to cease production on Scalebound” and everyone was PISSED!!!

      They never gave a good reason other than “With careful consideration” which everyone called “bullshit” on because from what we saw, the game looked very much complete and they decided to pull the plug almost two years after its announcement which was way too hasty compared to other video game release schedules.

      It was also the beginning of the controversy of Microsoft killing its own exclusives. Scalebound could’ve easily given more people to buy an XBOX One over other consoles and they blew it sky high.

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  1. I KNEW it wasn’t Platinum’s decision to cancel it!
    Microsoft raised too many red flags on their business this generation for the cancellation to be PLATINUM’S fault.
    People were like “We ShOuLD’nT bLaMe MiCrOsOfT, iT wAs PlAtInUm’S dEcIsIoN.” Well jokes on them because evidence to the contrary is RIGHT HERE!!!

    Yeah, I’m still bitter about it being cancelled.

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    1. Those who know Platinum Games better, knew from the very beginning it wasn’t the studio’s fault, but someone else’s.
      …Meaning it could only be Microsoft’s fault. Duh.
      Digital rights suck, but if we could pull off some petition WITH THE BIG NUMBERS, so that MS pays attention to it and leave it to Platinum.. but that’s wishful thinking, I guess.

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    2. We all knew it was MS, they came out and outright told us it was their decision. Platinum even told us it was MS. What they didn’t tell us was, why. We all knew it was platinum taking forever, and putting both Star Fox Zero and Nier ahead of scalebound, but again, they never told us why.

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  2. If Microsoft was smart, they’d let Platinum Games resume production of Scalebound. If the idiots haven’t already trashed everything that was already worked on up til they made the stupid decision to cancel it. Or give the franchise wholly to Platinum so they can take the game to other consoles.

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    1. I really doubt they canned it, they’ve been trying to get the game funded since before the original Bayonetta, but no one really had any faith in the game. They tried again with Nintendo after Wonderful 101 but again, Ninty didn’t have faith in the game. The last time they pitched it was to MS In 2013 and they green lit the project. They’ve been trying for a long time to get the game running, so I doubt they would cann it just like that.

      What boggles me is how even though it started development before Nier, a whole year before, they still managed to finish that first. Not only that, but it got announced along side Star Fox Zero and that game came out a whole year before scalebound got cancelled. For a passion game, that they supposedly really loved, they didn’t really show it. Specially with how crappy it always ran every single time they showed it.

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  3. Wasn’t this cancelled because MS thought Platinum were using the funds that were supposed to be for Scalebound for its other projects?

    No one here seems to have heard that.

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