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Scalebound Originally Had Dinosaurs and a Girl Protagonist, was Shelved Twice

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In an interview with Gamespot, Hideki Kamiya had revealed that Scalebound had been in the conception stage as early as 2006, roughly around the time Platinum Games was formed, saying it was the game he always wanted to make.

During that time, he had a completely different idea of what the game was gonna be like, initially having it feature a little girl who was controlling dinosaurs, and would have been developed for the Wii.

“When they first started, the idea was for a Wii game and we wanted to use a Wii remote to do the orders for the dinosaurs […] You were in control of the dinosaurs, you were ordering the dinosaurs around, and they’d do cool things. Then after we made Bayonetta, we started the prototype. The first thing that I made a change to was making it a dragon game.”

The reason for the change came when Kamiya wanted the protagonist to be a part of the combat and simply not a spectator.

“We changed the dinosaurs to dragons, but at that point the lead character was even weaker than [current protagonist] Drew is in the context of Scalebound […] She was actually a little girl who was with these dragons. As we were making this prototype, I realized that I didn’t want to just be watching the fight, I wanted to be more participatory in the fight. And I started talking with the staff about how maybe we should change this to be a swordsman or someone a little bit older. This was when the prototype got put on the backburner, so to speak, and the project was halted. Then we made The Wonderful 101.”

It’s always interesting seeing the process of a game changing dramatically as development continues and ideas change. We’ll probably never see what this original idea might have looked like, but maybe we’ll see a future project with this character in mind.

Scalebound is set to release exclusively on Xbox One sometime in late 2016.

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36 comments
  1. Muten
    Muten
    October 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

    >you would never be a magical anime little girl running around with a pet dinosaur

  2. Nani Sore
    Nani Sore
    October 1, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Why even live …

  3. Joel Leonheart
    Joel Leonheart
    October 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Damn Xbox One exclucive oh well maybe I might get that console for this and Sunset Overdrive (And thank’s to some/most Xbox 360 games compality that aswell gives an interest to get that console)

    Also girl riding dinosaurs/dragons that would have sounded nice :3

  4. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 1, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Interesting they call the protagonist incredibly weak, since Platinum is the company least likely to include a weak protagonist. Still can’t wait for St. Anita to complain about this and why Kamiya is a bald privileged white male since she already misrepresented Dinosaur Planet and The Wonderful 101.

  5. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    October 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Oh come on, we all know Microsoft is gonna port this to PC when it sells like shit.

  6. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I wouldn’t count on that with this of all titles.

  7. Joel Leonheart
    Joel Leonheart
    October 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

    It might be possible but doubt it..

    And besides not everyone can afford a high end computer gaming gear/part’s for PC gaming witch this title IF it comes to PC might require :/

  8. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Nah, no need to worry about that with these current consoles being as underpowered as they are.

  9. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    October 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I’d like to remind everyone that Drakengard 3 has a little girl in charge of a dragon and thanks to competant writing it’s one of the most badass things ever.
    She’s also the most intimidating character in the game.

    But you know…that takes effort.
    Let’s just make a Nero/Young Dante rip-off instead. That’s better than something unique and bizarre.

  10. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    October 1, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Pls come to PC

  11. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    October 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I fail to see how a little girl is more original than a young cocky guy

  12. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    October 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    It is always interesting to hear how games evolve from the conceptual phase until release. If this was on the Wii it could’ve been a slower more tactical game.

  13. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    October 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    She’s a willful idiot and blind puppet for the powers that be, sitting with Chelsea “Zoe” Valkenburg and other trust-fundee kiddies to cry harassment to the UN. Theirs are the swine who will decry sanity and sense for favor of attention and empowerment, which will leas to disempowerment by the very political powers they request censorship from and ultimately will lead to their downfall or death in the new society to come.

    They will either become dinosaurs to an even more fascist order built on the foundation of a society made schizophrenic by Cultural Marxism, or they will be one of the many to die when such social schizophrenia leads to the eradication and assault by those who have a solid yet evil foundation for their “superior” “culture”.

  14. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    October 1, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Both are a dime a dozen these days. If I wanted something more unique for an action game, I’d ask for a middle aged ara-ara aloof high class and traditional milf lady. Not enough of those particularly in lead positions.

  15. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    October 1, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I can dig this. I can dig it a lot.

  16. TheCynicalReaper
    TheCynicalReaper
    October 1, 2015 at 11:54 am

    On the face of it, it’s not, but if you knew what they did with this character you’d see how original it is, both in context of action and moreso in lore.

  17. Muscle Wizard
    Muscle Wizard
    October 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Wow, Kamiya actually fucked up.
    >You will never be a cute little girl running around with dinosaurs OR DRAGONS
    >You will never be a cute half dragon girl or half dinosaur girl

  18. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    October 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Yeah, maybe I should play it

  19. Tyrannikos
    Tyrannikos
    October 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    While the original concept sounds interesting, I’m happy that it wasn’t changed due to corporate meddling. It’s good to see the natural evolution of a game.

  20. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    October 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    We got Donte over a loli? That sucks.

  21. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    October 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    It has competent writing only in the original version. 8-4 massively fucked it up, changing Zero’s personality entirely to something shallower.

  22. Reon
    Reon
    October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    not to sound like an SJW but I would have much preferred to play as a helpless little girl that indirectly commands dinosaurs in combat, just give her some involvement in the combat as support and some decent micro management of her dinosaur party

    final design still looks cool though, might try it if it ever comes out on something besides the xbone

  23. Reon
    Reon
    October 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    there’s a special category of scumbag reserved for people like that
    when there’s a big international body created to deal with real issues like post war deppression, child labour and soldiers,human right violations on weak democracies and such, and you go and take that organization’s time to tell them how the mean tweets you see from the comfort of your macbook while sipping a starbuk hurt your feelings and need to be stopped
    that’s the lowest a human can get

  24. Reon
    Reon
    October 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    originality is overrated at this point, almost everything’s sort of done, instead good execution of an idea matters more

    others have done it before, but you were the first to get it right, or the one that did it the best

  25. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    October 1, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I hope this doesnt stir up a potential freak out from the “progressives.” Though not to say that the concept is new since there was Panzer Dragoon Orta for the Xbox360( If you havent heard of it yet, play it!).

  26. fnd
    fnd
    October 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Only weird dudes play with little girls if you know what i mean, so good call Kamiya :^)

  27. Feniks
    Feniks
    October 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    His smile and optimism gone.

  28. Feniks
    Feniks
    October 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Would be great to have dinosaurs you can have a romance with.

  29. Reon
    Reon
    October 2, 2015 at 12:31 am

    of course it will stir something
    those people are not reasonable types that will listen to an argument on how and why something happened, understand it and accept that as good enough

    they are always waiting to raise CONTROVERSY in all caps over anything, damned be the facts

  30. Maiq TheLiar
    Maiq TheLiar
    October 2, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Would buy loli DLC though and not sorry at all for it.

  31. Joel Leonheart
    Joel Leonheart
    October 2, 2015 at 2:13 am

    ….Right sure…Now if you excuse me I think I’l go enjoy playing video games before this turn’s into another “graphic”/”power”/”fanboy” “conversation”..

  32. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    October 2, 2015 at 7:02 am

    exactly

  33. Sylveria Shini
    Sylveria Shini
    October 2, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Mhm.. a female lead with this game might have been enough to win me over to shelling out the money for an Xbone.

  34. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Just pointing out how given the known specs of the console(s), the requirements for a PC that would run a ported game at a similar or higher level of performance should be known already as well… and as such, the same would go for the price.

  35. British_Otaku
    British_Otaku
    October 3, 2015 at 6:56 am

    That was probably the point, I don’t think it would have been impossible for Kamiya to make a typical Platinum action game with the controls but the Wii Remote would probably guide and instruct dinosaurs while she moved and other actions with the nunchuk.

    I wish we got a chance to see it, but having one take on a similar idea is cool too.