Microsoft’s recent cancellation of Scalebound strikes home how the publisher can be toward original projects and while some were successful like Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive and the Moon Studios title Ori & the Blind Forest, many faced issues.
A article released recently on US Gamer that details how many of Microsoft’s E3 2014 announcements faced many developmental issues, ranging from outright cancellation or issues upon release.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Scalebound, its Platinum Games-developed open-world action game, was cancelled. This marks the end of a game first announced at Microsoft’s E3 2014 presentation. That press event was key because it was the first event after the launch of the Xbox One and the first event with former Microsoft Studios general manager Phil Spencer as the head of the entire Xbox division. It was a look forward, promising more games and less of the general entertainment that categorized Microsoft’s E3 press event a year earlier.