Hideki Kamiya on Why Scalebound Was Cancelled: 'We Weren't Experienced Enough' - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 19 November 2021 / 1,395 Views
Scalebound was announced for the Xbox One at E3 2014 as an Xbox exclusive and was later supposed to also get a PC release. However, it would eventually be cancelled.
PlainumGames director Hideki Kamiya in a new interview with YouTube channel Cutscenes (and transcribed by Gematsu) discussed Scalebound and explained why the game was eventually cancelled.
Kamiya said the team wasn't experienced enough and they were unable to get over that wall. He apologized to everyone who was looking forward to the game.
"Scalebound was a project we had teamed up on with Microsoft," said Kamiya. "They expected good things from us, and we needed to live up to those expectations with the project. Teaming up with Microsoft meant releasing the game on the latest Xbox console. I once again had the desire to make a high-end game. I wanted to go back to something photorealistic.
"While it was a personal wish of mine, I thought it was also a necessary mission for PlatinumGames to improve our graphical ability and get to the next step of modern game creation. So we first decided to go with a universe like that.
"I loved fantasy worlds since I was a child. I’ve always enjoyed worlds with swords, magic, and dragons. When I was a child, I don’t know if people overseas are familiar with these, but I would play Sorcerian, Hydlide, all these fantasy games from the classic PC era that I really enjoyed. I always wanted to make something around that theme. This is how I thought of a world revolving around a young man fighting together with a dragon.
"However, it was a big challenge for PlatinumGames. We were working in an environment we weren’t used to. We were developing on the Unreal engine, we also lacked the necessary know-how to build a game based on online features. The hurdles we had to overcome were very big.
"We weren’t experienced enough and couldn’t get over that wall, leading to what happened in the end. I’m sorry to the players who looked forward to it, and moreover I’m sorry to Microsoft who had placed their trust in us as a business partner. I want to apologize both as a creator and as a member of PlatinumGames."
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