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The number of high-profile exclusives Microsoft has cancelled lately has become a little worrisome. The latest casualty was of course Scalebound. Before that it was Fable Legends, then it was Phantom Dust, and Project Spark, and, well, you get the picture. Microsoft seems to be keen to cancel all but its most core of franchises, and in the case of Fable Legends, even its core IP. Yet Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, has come out and reassured fans that Microsoft is still willing to take risks on new ideas.
Scalebound, the dragon-taming action RPG from action game maestros PlatinumGames, has been cancelled, publisher Microsoft has announced.
We’re so used to being treated second fiddle as PC gamers by Microsoft that its recent bevy of game announcements has felt like an avalanche. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition arrived and ReCore, Quantum Break and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex were announced in quick succession. It doesn’t appear as if there’s going to be any slowing down either, with a Reddit user poking around a Windows Store .xml file managing to extract a number of Game IDs for currently unannounced PC ports.
I had written up and prepared an entire article about a rumour that Quantum Break was coming to PC day and date with Xbox One. Well I've basically had to burn that into smithereens, because Microsoft has gone and absolutely trumped that news with the announcement that not one, not two, but three upcoming Xbox One exclusives will be launching on PC.
If there’s one thing the Xbox One desperately needs right now, it’s reasons to pick up the machine in the first place. Microsoft’s big holiday 2015 title was Rise of the Tomb Raider, which has been a commercial flop, despite critical success, and that’s jumping ship to PC in a matter of weeks. The problems are then compounded with the announcement that the hotly anticipated Scalebound has been pushed all the way back to 2017.