PlatinumGames have shown their interest in finishing Scalebound. They would like to complete the project if they are given the opportunity.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Atsushi Inaba from Platinum games expressed his desire to finish Scalebound. The interviewer asked the head producer of PlatinumGames about a world where they could release their own games.
Inaba stated that Scalebound, as a property, completely belonged to Microsoft:
Again, it’s a good question! But this was an intellectual property that belongs 100% to Microsoft
He said this after being asked about the resurrection of Scalebound. He went on to say:
Whatever happens with this project, we can’t really do anything with it unless Microsoft leaves us. But it’s a game that we fall in love with and love, if the opportunity arises, it’s something we would love to return to.
In January of 2017, Scalebound was canceled after years of development. The IP owned by Microsoft was delayed multiple times. It was finally canceled due to development problems. The gaming community gave Microsoft, harsh criticism for this decision.
Following these events, PlatinumGames came out saying that Microsoft should not be blamed for Scalebound’s cancellation. Atsushi Inaba stated that they also made mistakes relating to the project. It was hard for PlatinumGames to see fans get angry over the cancellation. “Both sides are to blame,” said the head producer of PlatinumGames.
PlatinumGames recently announced that they were entering a partnership with Tencent to get funding for their projects. The aim is to publish and develop their own IP’s from now on. This partnership instigated the possibility of PlatinumGames, finishing Scalebound.
As of right now, Microsoft is still the owner of the Scalebound. We don’t know if Microsoft will agree to sell the IP to PlatinumGames. Either way, fans will be ecstatic if that turns out to be the case.