5 January 2016

Xbox One Suffers Body Blow As Exclusive Scalebound Delayed Until 2017

If there’s one thing the Xbox One desperately needs right now, it’s reasons to pick up the machine in the first place. Microsoft’s big holiday 2015 title was Rise of the Tomb Raider, which has been a commercial flop, despite critical success, and that’s jumping ship to PC in a matter of weeks. The problems are then compounded with the announcement that the hotly anticipated Scalebound has been pushed all the way back to 2017.

Platinum Games’ ambitious action title has players fighting alongside a gigantic fire-breathing dragon called Thuban, who can be commanded in battle. Scalebound is all about grand scale and pitched battles basically, and the gameplay demo at E3 2015 certainly looked very promising, if potentially over ambitious. It looked set to be Microsoft’s big Xbox One game of the holidays, so this could come as a blow to the struggling system.

“In order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017,” write PlatinumGames in a statement. “This will give us the time needed to bring to life all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences that we have planned.”

That leaves the Xbox One looking a little threadbare when it comes to exclusives. There really aren’t many games available only on Xbox, and PC gamers are only too obliging to sit back and hoover up the ports a few months later.