PlatinumGames has been around for about 10 years now; having worked on amazing titles like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Bayonetta 2. The developers have worked with many different publishers and have had their toes dipped into multiple licensed franchises. With the recent announcement of their Microsoft exclusive title, Scalebound, being cancelled, what does this mean for the development team; are they spreading themselves too thin?
PlatinumGames is known for developing titles that are already part of a franchise; whether it be licensed games or sequels/spin-offs. They developed multiple exclusives for the Nintendo Wii U; The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 2, and Star Fox Zero. These games were fine and received pretty decent ratings from critics. The company also developed some licensed games that didn’t pan out so well. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan published by Activision, has a Metacritic score of 44/100 for the PS4 version. On paper, this is the worst game that Platinum has worked on, with the best being Bayonetta 2. That Turtles game was even removed from sale from all digital storefronts on January 3, 2017; less than eight months after its release.
The developers have released 7 titles since 2013, which is a lot of work when you look at it. This is one team that is definitely being spread too thin. They have their hands in so many things which causes everything to fall apart. They’re currently developing a sequel to the cult hit, NieR, which comes out in March later this year. After playing the demo, this might be the best work that they have done. The team was also working on a Microsoft exclusive title by the name of Scalebound which was cancelled; announced today by Microsoft themselves. This action RPG was set to release last year (2016) and feature 4 player co-op with giant dragons and a beautiful world to boot.
The statement by Microsoft concerning the cancellation reads “After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for “Scalebound.” We’re working hard 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. For more information on our 2017 plans, please visit: https://news.xbox.com/2017/01/05/xbox-closes-milestone-year-in-2016/.”
Apparently the cancellation came down to some very important “business decisions”. Was PlatinumGames having trouble juggling the development of both NieR: Automata and Scalebound?; probably.
This cancellation is big, giant punch to the face of Xbox One owners everywhere. This was the next big AAA title coming exclusively to the system and now Microsoft fans have to go elsewhere for that Action RPG experience.
I’m sure that this is only a good thing when you look at how good NieR:Automata seems to be shaping up. The demo alone has people freaking out at how good the combat feels. Let’s hope that PlatinumGames continues to shine and that they stop spreading themselves too thin. They can’t make everything; they’re only human.