Last year at Microsoft's E3 press briefing, renowned game director Hideki Kamiya took the stage to announce Scalebound, a new project for his team at Platinum Games. The presentation consisted of a short teaser that showcased a young protagonist in a fantasy world - with a central focus on dragons.
At the time, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Was it more of a fast-paced action game along the lines of the developer's typical style, or is this title something a little different?
More than a year later, Kamiya took the stage again in Cologne at Gamescom to debut gameplay for Scalebound, which he referred to as an 'Action RPG'. The footage features open landscapes and real time combat. Set to release in late 2016, here's the premise of the game as provided by Microsoft.
In Scalebound, you will experience the journey of a young loner named Drew, who is pulled into the strange, beautiful, and dangerous world of Draconis – where he is bonded to a fearsome and noble dragon, Thuban, the last of his kind. These two lone-wolf heroes, thrown together by fate, must learn to fight as one to defeat the powerful enemies that threaten Draconis, Earth, and a vast universe of parallel worlds.
You’ll explore the beautiful and dangerous world of Draconis, as you and your dragon companion work to defeat legions of enemy soldiers and epic scale beasts. Scalebound’s accessible-yet-deep (and very stylish and over-the-top!) gameplay gives you the power to fluidly chain attacks with your dragon to, creating devastating combos to unleash upon your foes.
You can even customize your winged pal: Choose your favorite dragon shape (winged serpent, four legged tank, and more), and then evolve your companion’s unique abilities and attacks, as well as its appearance.
The fact sheet is below, highlighting the key features of the game. Scalebound will also feature a 4-player cooperative mode, although details for that are currently unannounced. We have the Gamescom trailer below, and IGN has an eight minute extended demo of the title as well.
- Explore the beautiful and dangerous world of Draconis as you and your dragon companion work to defeat legions of enemy soldiers and epic scale beasts.
- Master accessible but deep “stylish action” gameplay. Fluidly chain attacks with your dragon to create devastating combos to unleash upon your foes.
- Adventure on your own or join forces with other players and their dragons to complete custom quests and battle massive creatures together... *
- Choose your favorite dragon shape (winged serpent, four legged tank – and more) and then evolve your companion’s unique abilities and attacks as well as its
Gamescom Gameplay Trailer
IGN Extended Gameplay