I think we can all agree that 2016 was a crappy year even for the gaming industry. A lot happened that we would like to forget while being optimistic about 2017. However, the start of 2017 is reminiscent of 2016.
The biggest shocker came last night when Microsoft announced the cancellation of Scalebound, one of the most anticipated games on Xbox One and Windows 10. It shocked the gaming community and once again makes us question the competency of Microsoft when it comes to handling projects and partnerships.
Scalebound had a promising concept and it was pretty far into development. It could have been a major hit but throughout its development, it was constantly under strain.
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.
Not many know that Scalebound has been in development for 7 years at this point. It was announced back in 2014 which means it was already in development for 5 whole years. This situation not only reminded us of The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV but also a somewhat similar game called, Deep Down.
The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV finally released but will Deep Down ever come out or is it on the path of cancellation? Similar to Scalebound, Deep Down is also trying to merge the modern era with old school dragon battles.
On different social media channels, fans raised their concerns for Deep Down after the cancellation of Scalebound. It is hard to say anything at this point but the good news is that Sony is working on Deep Down in partnership with Capcom. I can’t remember the last time Sony canceled a major IP, The Last Guardian should offer some hope to Deep Down fans. The bad news on the other hand, is that it is not a Sony owned IP.
Capcom extended the trademark for Deep Down recently which is a good sign so there is still hope for Deep Down.