Ahh, the best laid plans of mice and men. We turn our attention now to the first ghoul on the procession of dismay that is cancelled video games: Scalebound. Let’s try to remain positive as we tread through the bog, since titles like Shenmue III and Star Fox 2 have taught us to never say never. Star Fox 2 also taught us to never release a confusing polygonal 16-bit game in 2017, but that’s another matter altogether.
The Microsoft exclusive Scalebound would have followed the adventures of Drew and his dragon Thuban, who no matter how many times I say it in my head, sounds like I’m referring to the Subban brothers with a lisp. A third-person role-playing game, Drew and Thuban were mortally linked to one another like a modern day Dragonheart. It’s a concept that sounds neat in practice, but considering the AI standard for lumbering beasts set by Trico in The Last Guardian, might not have been quite as much fun to actually experience.
Things looked so tenuous for Scalebound, it was officially cancelled in 2017. In a statement released to Polygon, this made way for Microsoft Studios to deliver ‘an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and other great experiences.’