Me: can’t wait to play Scalebound
Microsoft: that’s over. It’s cancelled.
In a surprising New Year announcement, Microsoft revealed it was pulling the plug on one of the most anticipated games of the year, ensuring 2017 was off to a terrible start. (As if it needed any help). Microsoft Studios, alongside Platinum Games, halted all production on the joint venture, saying adios to the long-awaited third-person RPG.
The exact reason behind the loss of this pseudo-medieval action adventure isn’t known. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of response. It was generating a lot of buzz ever since it was first announced at E3 back in 2014, and its revealing trailer in 2015 stoked the fires of our excitement. Who doesn’t love a good feudal caper chock-full of dragons and gigantic monsters?
It’s not the first time a major production company has shelved a game we were salivating over. In fact, there’s a long list of games abandoned only after developers whetted our appetites. Today, we’re going to honor these fallen titles, so get ready to pour one for your homies as we stroll down graveyard lane and reminisce over what could have been.
Whore of the Orient— After three years with no word on production, what was supposed to be a follow up to the graphically ambitious L.A. Noire saw an official demise last year. Despite receiving some $200K from the Australian government, Kennedy Miller Mitchel underwent massive lay-offs at the same time the WB withdrew critical funding. Maybe having a racialslur in its title is to blame for its disappearing act — or maybe not. Whatever it was that cursed its production, we’ll never see more than the leaked footage of its gameplay.
Doom 4 — Mourning for the fourth installment of this franchise is less dear than our grief over Scalebound, but it’s still a bitter pill to swallow for fans of the series. According to VP Pete Hine,Bethesda pulled the plug because its production began to mimic Call of Duty.
Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: Battlefront 3 — Despite being one of the biggest franchises in the world, Star Wars somehow managed to face financial insecurities that resulted in the cancellation of not one but two games. Massive layoffs occurred when Disney purchased Lucas film and shifted its priorities away from development. This is particularly frustrating as fans will remember Battlefront 3 was practically entirely finished when it got scratched.
Fable Legends — Another game axed by Microsoft is one that had been in works since 2013. The news came in an announcement that also publicized the closure of Lionhead Studios. Though there wasn’t much information released about its cancellation, it seems like it was simply overshadowed by Overwatch and Dark Souls 3.
Seeing these titles in black and white may be a sore subject for fans of their proposed projects. It’s hard to say goodbye to something you hardly knew, especially when they looked as cool as Scalebound. We all process our grief in different ways. Some might wrap up their console in commemorative Xbox One skins from dbrand.com/shop/xbox-one, made to mimic the sleek sophistication of L.A. Noire’s sequel, while others might cover their walls in Scalebound fanart. Maybe you’re the type to flood the Fable subreddit with rantings about what could have been. We don’t judge.
Eventually, once we get over our grief, we can focus on the positives. Despite the above titles, there are a lot of exciting games slated for release in the upcoming months—some of which would have made it on a list similar to this one not too long ago. Take, for example, Death Stranding. It’srising like a phoenix in all of its creepy glory from the ashes of Silent Hills. We’re hoping it, alongside Prey (another game scheduled for resurrection this year), has some gameplay to show off at this year’s E3. Please, we deserve something after losing Scalebound.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ March 5, 2017 at 04:15PM