Scalebound Boss Hideki Kamiya Apologizes to Fans Over Game Cancellation

Following depressing news that Platinum Games’ PC and Xbox One game Scalebound is cancelled, game director Hideki Kamiya has responded to the news.

“As you may have already heard, Scalebound has unfortunately been canceled,” Kamiya said in a tweet. “I’m very sorry to everyone who was looking forward to this game.”

He continued:

“Sorry to bring you such bad news at the start of the year. All I can do for you is to promise to keep delivering fun games.” Kamiya also promised to not let this happen again: “I’ll work extra hard to never have to let you down like this again, so I hope you will keep watching over us in the future too.”

In his typical unabashed way, Kamiya also responded to rumors that he took a bit of time off to focus on mental health. “And… I took time off for my mental health? …Me!? No way.”

Platinum Games also published an official update on the game’s cancellation:

We’re sorry to say that on January 9, 2017, Microsoft Studios announced the cancellation of Scalebound. We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.

Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR: Automata in March, and including products like Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link and Lost Order in the future.

We will keep working hard to meet your expectations and we look forward to your continued support!

President and CEO
Kenichi Sato

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  1. Mr0303
    January 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

    That’s a rather generic statement. I was hoping we’d learn more about the reasons, but I guess it is business etiquette to not share those.

  2. Mr0303
    January 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

    “And… I took time off for my mental health? …Me!? No way.” – of course. Kamiya craziness is part of his charm. We don’t want him losing that.

  3. MT Silver
    MT Silver
    January 11, 2017 at 9:06 am

    He’s got nothing to apologize for. If a game isn’t working out there’s no shame in cancelling it.

  4. catazxy
    January 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I don’t expect us to ever find out what happened here…no company want’s to burn bridges with future potential partners…
    But still, I would pay for some solid leaks!

  5. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    January 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

    he gonna BAN microsoft on his twitter account!

  6. Bitterbear
    January 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

    With Microsoft’s history? They burn bridges, salt the earth, poison the wells, and shit inside the churches. Of course, as crazy as it might sound, it’s not on purpose.

  7. 2501
    January 11, 2017 at 11:21 am

    It’s nice to know that Kamiya has a positive outlook on this ordeal but I am really concerned about Platinum Games, if that studio doesn’t release a new magnum opus anytime soon they are going to be a studio thats tied to just making shitty licensed games.

  8. Madbrainbox
    January 11, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I’m Blaming MS for this.They fucked many devs in the past.

  9. sanic
    January 11, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Thought this was that J. P. Kellams guys baby… that he neglected to death.

  10. MusouTensei
    January 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Fuck MS.

  11. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    It’s time to make the Switch.

    Platinum… it’s time to go Nintendo exclusive.

  12. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Nier might just be what they’ve needed for the past year.

  13. 2501
    January 11, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I’m looking forward to NeiR but I think its high time that Platinum moved away from character action games and make something different. Scalebound had that ambition and now it’s gone.

  14. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    January 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I still don’t get why the cancelled it.

  15. randr01d
    January 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Ah Platinum, love you to death but you just haven’t been the same since falling out with Sega. Their best content was when partnered with them. Full creative freedom, Hardcore content.

    Too bad Sega botched the Anarchy Reigns release which seems to have soured the relationship. Shame since Sega seems to have their localization game in check now that Atlus is part of the fold. That whole mess probably wouldn’t have happened if all of it was happening now.

  16. SuuLoliBoob
    January 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Didn’t Microsoft twitter PR guy make a joke quite a while ago saying he saw Kamiya in the hallway, and hid so he wouldn’t be blocked by him?

  17. NeoTruth
    January 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    How would that help? Lol

  18. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    All of their best game sin the past several years have all been Nintendo exclusive. They haven’t put out a great non Nintendo game since Metal Gear Rising.

  19. perfectsword
    January 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Disappointing, but maybe Kamiya can now be free to work on a possible Bayonetta 3?!?!!

  20. NeoTruth
    January 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    The only exclusive titles were Bayonetta 2, Starfox Wii U and Wonderful 101. Star fox was not that great, so you can say there were only two note worthy games.

    Their upcoming releases NieR:Automata, and GRANBLUE Re:Link show that they don’t need to release only on Nintendo consoles to release good games. Being exclusive doesn’t automatically make a good game either, had Bayonetta 2 been released on more consoles it would have been better received.

  21. ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    ? Jokerino ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    January 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    MS should just pass it on to someone else since they don’t want it, call it something other than Scalebound (unless it’s fine then leave it) and let it come to PS4, PC and NS. So much work canned.

  22. Scorching Sirius
    Scorching Sirius
    January 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Like the Joker? XD

  23. InkBrush
    January 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    By chain and shackling then like what they did to Rare then throw them to the curb like a used tampon when a contract ends?

    Fuck that.

  24. BlueSkromanticies
    January 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    platinum games is worse than konami

  25. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Not unless Nintendo pays for it and hopes it sells on the Switch.

  26. Malcolm_Ecks
    January 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Because MS likely is sick of paying for exclusives from Japanese devs that don’t sell on their consoles, meanwhile random sleeper hits creep out of the PS consoles and do well in the West.

  27. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    January 11, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Yeah, I was disappointed when it was announced Scalebound wouldn’t be on PS4. Maybe it wouldn’t have died that way.

  28. porkbun
    January 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah that’s not their thing. They could’ve sold themselves to any publishers in the past few years but it’s obvious they want to be independent.

  29. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    January 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    It’s possible. Body Harvest for the N64 was originally funded and was going to be published by Nintendo. Nintendo wasn’t happy with the game and they cancelled it, but Midway salvaged the game and released it themselves.

  30. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    January 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I heard a rumor that Scalebound was originally going to be a Wii U game but Microsoft made a deal with Platinum to have the game be an Xbone exclusive. Go figure.

  31. Fenrir007
    January 11, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    They should make the Switch to Sony, instead. That way they wont have to worry about their games being butchered by lolcalization and censorship.

  32. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Name one time a Platinum game was censored on Nintendo hardware.

  33. Fenrir007
    January 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    It doesn’t matter. The risk is still there thanks to Nintendo being censorship-crazy and loving terrible localizations. The moment they decide to push the envelope, they will be dealth with the censorhammer.

  34. Scorching Sirius
    Scorching Sirius
    January 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Hyperbole at its finest…

  35. Zombie_Barioth
    January 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Could be, but Kamiya was complaining about their handling of the game on Twitter, so it sounds more like ‘creative differences’.

    And yeah, by ‘creative differences’ I do mean Microsoft execs thinking they know what people want and pushing it on Platinum.

  36. Lezard Valeth
    Lezard Valeth
    January 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Pretty sure it’s more MS at fault here, Platinum or Kamiya shouldn’t be the one to take all the blame here.

  37. sdmblack
    January 12, 2017 at 3:28 am

    It’s the opposite, it’s Kamiya’s dream game and he apparently went to MS for the publishing. MS now leaves with the IP, but Kamiya can always come up with another skin for the concept and make the game on PS4.

  38. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 12, 2017 at 4:07 am

    I agree there, Star Fox aside their recent output has been pretty samey. I don’t think they should move away from character action but more variety would be nice – like another Infinite Space or Vanquish type of game.

  39. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    January 12, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Take the Xbone thrown at you expect to be boned simple as that.

  40. Pooh Hardy
    Pooh Hardy
    January 12, 2017 at 7:11 am

    you think he blocked microsoft on twitter?

  41. Crizzyeyes
    January 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

    It was creative differences between Microsoft and Platinum. Apparently Microsoft demanded that they have certain features (I think multiplayer was likely one of them) and the features weren’t panning out for whatever reason, but Microsoft absolutely refused to relent. Also there were a lot of technical issues with the Xbox One. Those are the rumors I’ve heard. Also, Microsoft is removing all evidence that Scalebound even existed where it can.

  42. Ruto-hime
    January 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Oh hell yeah, I would love a Infinite Space like game on console, vita or PC… this game was great, while confusing at first.

  43. sanguis4k
    January 12, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    You realize you are saying the studio which built their name.of character action games. From the man who basically made them a mainstream thing. Needs to go away from what they are best at

  44. 2501
    January 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Platinum Games made their name from Capcom’s Clover Studio. Clover made all sorts of unique games, something that modern day Platinum is missing. I suggest that they give character action games a break because they are clearly recycling their own games. Let’s be honest, Transformers Devastation and The Legend of Korra are just shitty Bayonetta clones, and their TMNT game is a trainwreck.

  45. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    January 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    You don’t to apologize Kamiya, Microsoft should.

  46. Dawn Blast
    Dawn Blast
    January 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    how long do you give before Sony comes a knocking?

  47. kehkou
    January 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Maybe Nintendo will pick this up like with Bayo 2. The Xboss already said he likes Nintendo.