With a brief note published on the official website of the company, Kenichi Sato (President and CEO of Platinum Games) has commented on the cancellation of Scalebound. The project, in development for four years, was suspended by Microsoft Game Studios for reasons still unspecified.
This is the statement of Kenichi Sato of Platinum Games: “We’re sorry to say that on January 9, 2017, Microsoft Studios announced the cancellation of Scalebound. We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.”
They further stated that “Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR:Automata in March, and including products like GRANBLUE FANTASY Project Re:Link and LOST ORDER in the future. We will keep working hard to meet your expectations and we look forward to your continued support!”
Scalebound was cancelled on January 9, it seems due to friction between the publisher and Platinum Games, in particular with Hideki Kamiya, who would also take a rest to cure health problems related to the heavy load of stress suffered in recent months. The official note delivered yesterday by Microsoft spoke of a difficult choice, and the head of Xbox from his Twitter profile has done nothing but follow the same furrow.
It was also not immediately clear whether Scalebound can have a future.