Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC game Scalebound was officially canceled yesterday, bringing to a close two and a half years of speculation that the game might never come out. Many took the news hard as they are fans of Director Hideki Kamiya, but it was Microsoft who came down the hardest.
In fact, it wants to expunge all evidence that the game even existed. As of writing, all Scalebound trailers that were officially published by Microsoft no longer load on YouTube. Other videos that still exist have been switched over to private videos and can’t be viewed by the public.
Naturally, gamers have set out to make sure the trailers can be viewed through personal channels, so just remember: if you see a Scalebound trailer from here on out, it is not officially sanctioned by Microsoft.
Reminds me a lot of Overstrike… you remember Overstrike?
All publishers have that one trailer or that one failed project they wish they could take back. Microsoft actually is attempting to take it back, but this is not the first time a highly anticipated game has gone astray after fans gathered around exciting trailers.
Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games had this problem with a game called Overstrike teased at E3 2011. The game combined Insomniac’s humor and unique weapon designs with all the motifs of a modern third-person shooter. The game looked like a lot of fun! Check out that trailer below.
Of course, this trailer never panned out, and the game was rebranded into Fuze, a much more serious game that lacked the character and pizazz of this original teaser. Insomniac clearly wished that it hadn’t put out the teaser following the backlash, and Fuze never managed to escape the original teaser’s shadow. If only Insomniac could have blocked the trailer and suppressed the memories.
It’s important to remember that Microsoft’s move is not coming from a place of malice. Scrubbing the trailers is merely its way of showing confused audiences that it no longer sanctions the game. It’s not done out of spite towards the game or ill will towards it ever existing. Microsoft just can’t spread confusion to those who don’t know better.
These things happen, and the decision is purely a business one.