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Scalebound Cancelled, XB1 Exclusive Titles Dwindling

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First unveiled back in E3 2014, Scalebound was meant to be the Xbox One exclusive made by PlatinumGames involving riding an enormous dragon that could also be customized to have different abilities. Many gamers have dreamed of such a title, which was soured by so many disappointing entries that offered dragon riding. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to cancel the game, thus thinning its already lackluster exclusive lineup.

The video game was actually in development limbo for quite some time, prompting rumors to swirl around the internet that it might just be canceled, Digital Trends reports. It would seem that the speculations were true, much to the dismay of gamers who were looking forward to a promising title. When asked about the development, Microsoft tried to reassure its base that there were more games to look forward to.

“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, and other great experiences.”

Scalebound was supposed to be something of a pet project for developer Hideki Kamiya where the dragon is not just an ally but is actually one of the main characters. It was supposed to launch back in 2016 but was pushed back due to development troubles.

Along with the announcement that the game was no longer coming to its consoles, Microsoft has also been quietly wrapping up loose ends by setting official footage of the title as private, Polygon reports. This won’t prevent viewers from actually seeing videos of the game since it’s everywhere on YouTube at this point, but it does hint at the company’s commitment to sever its ties with the highly anticipated title as thoroughly as possible.

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