There have been rumors of a somewhat troubled development process for Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Scalebound, but rumors of the game’s cancellation didn’t come until yesterday. Not long after these rumors started, Microsoft confirmed that Scalebound had in fact been cancelled, and now Xbox’s Phil Spencer has weighed in on the sad news.
Scalebound first went into development back in 2013 in a partnership between Microsoft and PlatinumGames. Fans were very excited for the game based on the initial showings and PlatinumGame’s history, but the E3 presentation this past year left many people concerned.
Even after that showing, there were still many people really excited for this game to release in 2017, so the news of the game’s cancellation led to a lot of people tweeting at Xbox head Phil Spencer on Twitter. Spencer chose to respond to one of these in particular and said the following:
“Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus”
Like the countless people that were really excited for Scalebound, Spencer is very disappointed as well. However, the fact he says that this result is better for Xbox games is kind of strange. Based on the lackluster E3 showing, maybe he knew that the game was not living up to what people were expecting, so the cancellation of the game would be better than what could turn out to be a bad game. However, only Spencer knows for sure what exactly he meant by that.
The tweet also mentions that he is confident in the lineup that Xbox has for 2017, which Microsoft was touting in their cancellation announcement for the game as well. They have games such as Halo Wars 2, Sea of Thieves, and Crackdown announced so far, with the likelihood or more exclusives being announced at E3 as well, so there is plenty to still be excited about with Xbox One.