Just last week, I said that Microsoft was in desperate need of an ace up their sleeve if they want to compete with PS4's 2017 console exclusives. The PlayStation 4 currently has a staggering 30+ console exclusives lined up for the year, while Play Anywhere had a meager seven exclusives lined up. Last night, Microsoft announced the cancellation of Scalebound, one of 2017's most anticipated Xbox One/Windows 10 games. And then there was six.
Scalebound was in development by PlatinumGames, who announced the following on Twitter: "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound." You'll also notice that Microsoft has already removed Scalebound trailers from Xbox's YouTube channel.
Microsoft explained their decision to Windowscentral with the following statement: "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for "Scalebound." 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."
Yesterday, we received the following press release about what gamers can expect from Xbox in 2017.
"Looking forward, we expect 2017 to be a special year for Xbox gamers.
We will not only launch the most powerful console ever in Project Scorpio, but we also plan to bring a number of exciting enhancements to Xbox Live. And we’ll deliver a terrific portfolio of new games with Xbox Live support on Xbox One, Windows 10 or both this spring. We are especially excited about Halo Wars 2, which launches on Feb. 21. There are many other titles coming by this spring, like Resident Evil 7 biohazard, For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, TEKKEN 7, Thimbleweed Park, Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured but Whole and Tacoma.
We’ll also be releasing new add-on content or expansions for many of our best 2016 titles, including titles from Microsoft such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Dead Rising 4 and Minecraft. You can expect our third-party partners to provide content to enhance your gaming experiences as well. We’re excited to show you more of what we have in store for 2017, including the much-anticipated unveil of Project Scorpio, in the coming months. On behalf of Team Xbox, thank you for making Xbox all it has become. Here’s to an exceptional 2017 in front of us!"
The press release also listed Xbox's extraordinary achievements in 2016; fan or no fan, we have to agree that Xbox nailed it in 2016, more so than PlayStation. Allow me to remind you of a few Xbox achievements:
Given the above (and the list can be longer), I wouldn't be too concerned about Microsoft's performance in 2017. However, I do hope another publisher picks up Scalebound as years of work has been put into developing the game, and it would be a great loss to scrap the project.
You won't find a Scalebound only trailer on Xbox's YouTube channel, so here's one from Outside Xbox.
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