RUMOR: Nintendo has plans to revive a 'Dead and Buried' game (Update: Possibly Scalebound?)

What will it be?


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Cow Mengde

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Wasn't the original idea for Scalebound to have dinosaurs instead of dragons? That sounds way more appealing.
 

mazi

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Money for selling the IP and goodwill
money? MS doesn't need the pittance that the scalebound IP would be worth
goodwill? goodwill from who? nintendo fans while fucking over their own fans by cancelling a game they were looking forward to only for it to show up later as an exclusive for another system?
MS has no reason to sell the IP to nintendo, and if somehow PG got it back and it resurfaced as a switch exclusive that would be a major PR fuckup for microsoft. they won't be pleased.
 

MaitreWakou

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Not exactly sure why I should blindly assume that he's right. Assuming he has sources, often sources are second or third hand, and they often speak vaguely enough even when they aren't.

Having seen Scalebound in action, Astral Chain's description pretty much describes what I saw.
If you don't want to believe him then I don't understand what there is to discuss in here tho, this thread is all about HIS rumor lol
 

Principate

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Not exactly sure why I should blindly assume that he's right. Assuming he has sources, often sources are second or third hand, and they often speak vaguely enough even when they aren't.

Having seen Scalebound in action, Astral Chain's description pretty much describes what I saw.
I mean the dude works for Game Informer. Chances are he has good sources.
 

Dracul

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An IP that never got off the ground is worth absolutely nothing. If anything comes of it, it'll be a spiritual successor. There is literally not one good reason why Scalebound would be revived under anyone but MS.
Have Nintendo finance the development, cut the MP part, make it a Gamepass title after 6 months of being a Nintendo exclusive. Everybody wins.
 

DrScissorsMD

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Yet they still released Crackdown 3.
I think they were effectively in a situation where they could only afford to cancel one perception-wise, and they chose to cancel the new-ip that was more of a risk versus what is effectively a more polished version of an existing game that’s kind of an MS cult classic. Both had troubled developments.
 

Ethifury

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So, the mechanics are there but the skin is different, you say?



That's assuming Imran has heard more than "Scalebound is coming back."
That’s a possibility.

Not exactly sure why I should blindly assume that he's right. Assuming he has sources, often sources are second or third hand, and they often speak vaguely enough even when they aren't.

Having seen Scalebound in action, Astral Chain's description pretty much describes what I saw.
You should, since Imran is very credible and he posts on here all the time. I knew more about his presence on ERA before finding out he works @ Game Informer. I’m not saying Imran is suggesting it’s Scalebound. All I’m saying is that him and RGT-85 mentioned it’s a non-Nintendo developed game and it’s in development. That rules out Astral Chain since it’s coming out in August and is near completion.
 

Zen Hero

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I really don't think Astral Chain has much of Scalebound in it. They said it was Taura's original idea, and it's his directorial debut. It feels like a passion project from him, not leftovers he is picking up from Kamiya. Also it just looks too different. The setting / story / world seem pretty deeply integrated with the gameplay, it doesn't look like something they swapped late in development.

It may have some tech shared, like I'm sure is shared among many of Platinum's games. But personally I doubt a large portion of Astral Chain is from Scalebound.
 
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A share of revenue for putting Banjo on the N64 Classic, potentially a share of revenue from a DK64 virtual console release, however much third parties get from Smash DLC revenue if any. In addition, they get the best possible advertisement for a potential Banjo 3 and for playing Banjo games on Xbox One.
Hmmm good points actually. Hadn't thought of that.

Well the latest rumour is Platinum has brought back the IP from MS. Anything is possible if that’s true.
Interesting. That could mean Nintendo has seen in what state the game is and thought it's worth it. Should be interesting to see what the results will be. Still hope it's MS and Nintendo teaming up and having it released on both systems. That would be one killer E3 announcement. Especially after all the negativity MS received when they canceled it. And of course because the hardware will do it more justice.
 

HockeyBird

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Have Nintendo finance the development, cut the MP part, make it a Gamepass title after 6 months of being a Nintendo exclusive. Everybody wins.
Don't even need to include Microsoft. Just release game with different title, make some changes to characters and environments, and there you go. Brand new action series from Hideki Kamiya that is not related to Scalebound.
 

The Last One

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In my mind both Silent Hills and Scalebound were the less likely choices by far. It's funny that now Scalebound is the one probably happening.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I was sure it was going to be mother 3 until I saw the op say it’s not a Nintendo game.

In regards to scalebound, could platinum handle developing that whilst also developing Bayonetta 3 and astral chain?
 

jschreier

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This Nintendo Insider site doesn't seem to understand the difference between IP ownership and trademark registration:



Anyway, didn't Platinum literally just announce an action game with co-op multiplayer as a Switch exclusive? I guess it's possible that Nintendo is also paying for Scalebound, but why would they bother? My guess -- and please be clear that this is a guess; I am not confirming or denying anything -- is that Platinum re-used a lot of Scalebound's design and tech for Astral Chain, and people are just getting their wires crossed.
I'll add to this that "Scalebound is coming to Switch" was absolutely a rumor floating around last summer.
 

mazi

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Have Nintendo finance the development, cut the MP part, make it a Gamepass title after 6 months of being a Nintendo exclusive. Everybody wins.
despite what people think, the actual scalebound IP and name aren't worth shit. nintendo could just as well fund a game with the same concept under different name for kamiya and not owe anything to microsoft for it. that's why this rumor doesn't make any sense.
 

Ethifury

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If he had such precise information, don't you think he'd have written it on his own outlet, instead of hinting to it on someone else's podcast?
Nah, with Kinda Funny there’s more reachability with gamers, especially on ERA. And don’t start doubting Imran’s credibility like others stated. This thread was created solely based off his source. Regardless of the “Scalebound is a Switch exclusive” rumor discussion that’s going on.
 

Big G

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I'll admit that I never thought Scalebound looked particularly great in any of its showings, but I'd still love to see it resurrected. If nothing else, it would mean that one of the most talented game designers in the business didn't have 3-4 years of development go completely to waste.
 

matrix-cat

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If it's Scalebound I'm going to die for real. I couldn't take that hype.

I'm not going to get my hopes up, because Nintendo leakers have been on a particularly bad run of late, but oh man if it is...
 

I KILL PXLS

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I don't think enough people realize this.

More precisely Astral Chain sounds like Scalebound's ideas with a new skin.

It would make zero sense for Platinum to be making two games based on very similar ideas for the same console, at the same time.
Ehhhhh. Other than the fact you have what is likely an AI companion fighting with you, I don't see any connection in the gameplay we've seen so far. I wouldn't be surprised if a couple elements (like the companion) were inspired by their ideas for Scalebound, but not enough to say Scalebound evolved in to Astral Chain.
 
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The Wolf Among Us 2 would be cool, yet somehow disappointing; I don't really think it needed a sequel.


These poor folks. Keep the hope, guys, perhaps it'll happen in the future, like a collection :(

I'll add to this that "Scalebound is coming to Switch" was absolutely a rumor floating around last summer.
Well then. It's gonna be a ride. Waiting for Imran's words.
 

Ethifury

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I’m..... not saying it’s astral chain
My bad. I was just putting it out there

I'll add to this that "Scalebound is coming to Switch" was absolutely a rumor floating around last summer.
Hmm....

So what Alanah stated was true about hearing that last year. 🤔

The guy literally said that he wouldn't write on it until he had more sources.
Doesn’t mean that rules out Scalebound. Jason AND Alanah both heard about the rumor of Scalebound coming to Switch last year
 

Abriael

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Nah, with Kinda Funny there’s more reachability with gamers, especially on ERA. And don’t start doubting Imran’s credibility like others stated. This thread was created solely based off his source. Regardless of the “Scalebound is a Switch exclusive” rumor discussion that’s going on.
If you don't mind (or better, regardless of whether you mind it or not), I'll doubt whatever I feel like doubting.

Even when you have an internal source, it happens very often that you're offered a very partial view on the facts, often vague, and things get even more muddled if the source is second-hand, which is unknown.
 

Emperor_El

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Oct 29, 2017
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Figured Scalebound had turned into Astral Chain since the combat looks like what SilentRob & other members of the press described about the press only showing from a couple years ago.
 
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