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UPDATE: Scalebound has been cancelled.

With rumors circulating earlier around the development of Scalebound, word has officially come from Microsoft stating that development for the title is no longer in production.

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.”

When asked if the Scalebound IP is owned by Microsoft or by developer Platinum, a Microsoft spokesperson simply said “we do not comment on the details of our business agreements with partners,” and provided no additional comment. This is unfortunate news indeed.

ORIGINAL STORY:

According to “several sources”, Scalebound, the highly anticipated action game from developer PlatinumGames, is in development trouble and could potentially be cancelled.

The game was originally announced around three years ago, but Kotaku reports that it has been in “development hell” for some time. Microsoft have also gone relatively quiet on the game in recent months and have also now removed Scalebound from the official Xbox website. When contacted by Kotaku, Microsoft sent over a brief statement: “We’ll have more to share on ‘Scalebound’ soon.” They also noted that Scalebound was absent from being mentioned in an Xbox Wire post last week talking about the future of the console, but to be fair, Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves weren’t mentioned either, so this could just all be coincidence.

We hate the idea of the game being cancelled as it really looks like it has a lot of potential and quickly became one of the most anticipated games for Xbox when it was originally revealed. Check out the most recent trailer below that featured as part of Xbox’s E3 presentation from 2016.