Scalebound Originally Had Dinosaurs, Not Dragons

The game was one of Platinum's first ideas after the company originally formed.

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Scalebound director Hideki Kamiya has revealed that the idea for the game has been percolating at Platinum Games since the developer's earliest days. The concept for game--"large-scale" encounters--remained the same over the years, but an earlier version had dinosaurs, not the dragons we know today.

"After I left Capcom and we established Platinum Games, the kernel of the Scalebound idea was actually one of the first concept pitches," Kamiya told Metro. "The other one was Bayonetta, and we had a few others. For one reason or another we went with Bayonetta first, but at that point it was not even dragons; it was dinosaurs."

"But the common theme here is that I wanted to realize this game in the way that these two large-scale creatures were going at each other," he added. "And how can we make this work where you are not just the observer of what's taking place but helping as well."

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That was the original concept for what would become Scalebound, but Kamiya admitted that "it needed more work." The game was put back on the shelf as Platinum worked on Bayonetta, after which the studio turned its attention back to the game and made a major creature change.

"So at that time we actually managed to pull together a prototype, and when we decided to make a prototype I switched over the subject matter from dinosaurs to dragons," he said.

Kamiya and his team put together a new prototype, this one featuring dragons, but the project never got off the ground because Platinum didn't find a publishing partner.

"So again, it went back into the closet," he said.

With Scalebound stalled again, Platinum shifted its focus to The Wonderful 101 for Wii U. After that game shipped, Platinum put together a "refined" version of the concept for Scalebound and pitched it to Microsoft.

"Fortunately, they were very interested, and they wanted to know more about it," Kamiya explained.

Scalebound launches in 2016 exclusively for Xbox One. At Gamescom earlier this month, Platinum confirmed that the game will have four-player co-op.

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Ten bucks says the goodguy's dragon turns evil and has to be killed in the game.

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a very sad Last guardian competitor

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It can do 15 FPS, dat super cinematic experience.

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um, neat, I guess.

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@magicalclick: I agree dinosaurs are way cooler than dragons and would have made for much more climatic fighting.

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@fatalscorpion: You mean you disagree?

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@bandd: when in Rome

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Looks good but won't be playing or buying it because I don't own a XBONE and have no inclination to buy one.

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@ShimmerManI have a one, but wasn't too impressed by what I saw. Seemed like Final Fantasy 15 to me. More excited for Horizon.

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So I wanna know when does Vanquished fall into this timeline at what point did they say we're putting Scalebound on hold then doing Vanquished and we come back to this later. And for that matter where does Metal Gear Rising fall into the timeline as well. I realize that Platinum has created a lot of games since they formed.

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Micro$oft : sssssshhhhh.....our competitor is recently making a game about a kid and his big griffin-like friends, Quick!, pay a japanese developer to make similar game, Quick!

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@xbhonner: If you are trying to sound like the most pathetic person on Gamespot, then congratulations. You've succeeded.

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@xbhonner: That's a bit strange considering TLG was still in development limbo at the time...

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@xenomorphalien said:

@xbhonner: That's a bit strange considering TLG was still in development limbo at the time...

thats not a bit strange since the trailer of the game was out in 2009, and from the trailer everyone can know on whats the game all about

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@xbhonner: Yeah, a game from 2009. After that nobody even knew if it would come out. I doubt Scalebound, a game announced in 2014, would be in response to a supposed PS3 game.

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@xenomorphalien said:

@xbhonner: Yeah, a game from 2009. After that nobody even knew if it would come out. I doubt Scalebound, a game announced in 2014, would be in response to a supposed PS3 game.

the trailer for this game was released in e3 2009, and anyone with half a brain surely knows what this game all about, by judging just by the trailer. DUUUUUH

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@xbhonner: A game that everyone thought was cancelled. A game supposed to be for PS3.

You're an idiot.

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@xenomorphalien said:

@xbhonner: A game that everyone thought was cancelled. A game supposed to be for PS3.

You're an idiot.

doesnt mean that this game is not meant as a competitor. doesnt mean that this game is not meant as a competitor.

you are an idiot

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@xbhonner: So an ARPG was made to compete with a supposed dead Adventure/Puzzle game.

You're seriously a facepalm generator.

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@xenomorphalien said:

@xbhonner: So an ARPG was made to compete with a supposed dead Adventure/Puzzle game.

You're seriously a facepalm generator.

so that DOESNT CHANGE the fact that scaleshit is meant to be a competitor to a higly anticipated games from playstation? How does your statement make any change?

that comment doesnt change the fact that microshit release a similar game, in the same fricken year to compete with Last guardian. Please quit making a stupid comment that wont change anything.

you are seriously a facepalm generator with every of your comment that always doesnt change anything, or does not prove otherwise.

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@xbhonner: You're a lost cause lol. If you have any official sources to back your claims, feel free to use it.

Do you have any proof that both companies knew when both games were releasing?

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@xenomorphalien said:

@xbhonner: You're a lost cause lol. If you have any official sources to back your claims, feel free to use it.

Do you have any proof that both companies knew when both games were releasing?

just a speculation, but looking at the last 6 years with gow 3, tlou, and recently uc4 and lg, its no need to make any speculation of what they are doing, its very obvious. A big company like microshit can get/steal information from competitor, especially due to the fact that they are working in IT fields.

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@xbhonner: "A big company like microshit can get/steal information from competitor, especially due to the fact that they are working in IT fields."

ROFL XD

Oh, you really know how to make a guy laugh.

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@xbhonner:

Honestly yea I can see the similarities although Microsoft's concept or at least the one Microsoft is getting(they never make their own stuff do they)looks a lot better. The Last Guardian from what has been shown so far looks pretty lack luster but I guess we'll see how it turns out once it's released.

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@Marky360 said:

@xbhonner:

Honestly yea I can see the similarities although Microsoft's concept or at least the one Microsoft is getting(they never make their own stuff do they)looks a lot better. The Last Guardian from what has been shown so far looks pretty lack luster but I guess we'll see how it turns out once it's released.

as you can see throughout the history, m$ actually always make similar of knockoff game for each and every highly anticipated ps games

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@xbhonner:

What are you talking about I can't think about any game that Microsoft did that was similar to Sony's?

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@xbhonner: Yes like the touch controll.... Wait, Nintendo did it first.
Maybe like Playstation All-Stars Bat-.... Wait, Nintendo did it first.
Maybe a dildo controller... Wait, Nintendo used stick motions controllers first.

Damn Sony and their originality.

Also you clearly didn't read the article since the game has been around since Platinum was first pitching ideas. It has nothing to do with TLG, which wasn't even seen for quite a few years after it's announcement. But basic logic seems to be a bit too far out of your reach, eh?

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@xbhonner: Yes like the touch controll.... Wait, Nintendo did it first.

Maybe like Playstation All-Stars Bat-.... Wait, Nintendo did it first.

Maybe a dildo controller... Wait, Nintendo used stick motions controllers first.

Damn Sony and their originality.

Also you clearly didn't read the article since the game has been around since Platinum was first pitching ideas. It has nothing to do with TLG, which wasn't even seen for quite a few years after it's announcement. But basic logic seems to be a bit too far out of your reach, eh?

touch control? the hell? smartphone did it first

dildo controller? kinect looks kinda like a horizontal dildo too in my eyes

most are done by nintendo, nothing coming out from m$? then i can tell that sony, sega, and nintendo are the only company innovating in gaming?

the game has been around since platinum was first pitching ideas? and when was it to be exactly?

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@xbhonner:

"touch control? the hell? smartphone did it first

dildo controller? kinect looks kinda like a horizontal dildo too in my eyes"

If you reach any further you may tear a muscle. Better be careful, bud. Smartphones are not a dedicated gaming device. Kinect is a motion peripheral, not a controller.

"most are done by nintendo, nothing coming out from m$? then i can tell that sony, sega, and nintendo are the only company innovating in gaming?"Is this a coherent sentence? I think you're trying to convey some sort of message but I can't figure out what.

"the game has been around since platinum was first pitching ideas? and when was it to be exactly?"

Platinum Games was first established in 2006, TLG wasn't even leaked online till 2008.

Sony doesn't own the rights to having a big mythical companion. TLG is a puzzle platformer and Scalebound is an ARPG. They're completely different games with the only thing being in common is what I said above.

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@VoidBeyond said:

@xbhonner:

"touch control? the hell? smartphone did it first

dildo controller? kinect looks kinda like a horizontal dildo too in my eyes"

If you reach any further you may tear a muscle. Better be careful, bud. Smartphones are not a dedicated gaming device. Kinect is a motion peripheral, not a controller.

"most are done by nintendo, nothing coming out from m$? then i can tell that sony, sega, and nintendo are the only company innovating in gaming?"Is this a coherent sentence? I think you're trying to convey some sort of message but I can't figure out what.

"the game has been around since platinum was first pitching ideas? and when was it to be exactly?"

Platinum Games was first established in 2006, TLG wasn't even leaked online till 2008.

Sony doesn't own the rights to having a big mythical companion. TLG is a puzzle platformer and Scalebound is an ARPG. They're completely different games with the only thing being in common is what I said above.

xperia play is a smartphone dedicated for gaming released in 2011. Shitnect is basically a controller, M$ even give a tagline "you are the controller", the exact same tagline that eyetoy used in 2003.

Sentence? not coherent? are you stupid? most of the thing that you mentioned before are contribution by nintendo. And i can tell that sony, magnavox oddysey, nintendo, and sega are the only company/console innovating in gaming.

Platinum games established in 2006? what the hell is that even mean? It doesnt change anything! Scalesh*t is still meant as a competitor to LG in my opinion.

of course sony doesnt own that? i never said that either. Scalesh*t is a competitor to LG, gosh, thats my point. can you grasp my idea? i never said that both game are the same exact thing.

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@xbhonner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFfEIneOos

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@VoidBeyond said:

@xbhonner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJFfEIneOos

thanks for admitting defeat, i win

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@xbhonner: Took you 4 days to come up with that? How cute.

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@VoidBeyond said:

@xbhonner: Took you 4 days to come up with that? How cute.

thats because im not online for 5 days probably? and can you count?

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@xbhonner: Wait, what?

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Too bad i was gona beat a trex with style

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This game is looking pretty great to me. Hopefully it ends up on PC so I can actually play it.

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@bacontophat45 said:

This game is looking pretty great to me. Hopefully it ends up on PC so I can actually play it.

They kinda said that some time ago, that any XOne exclusive game has the potential to come to Win10 or rather, they will all come eventually as long as there's demand for them and they sell on XOne well first.

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It would be great if it had destruction on the scale of crackdown but not likely.

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Yeah not likely heck from what we've seen so far there don't seen seem to be traditional buildings like in Crackdown so that type of destruction seems out of the question. It would have been cool though.

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riding into battle on a t rex.. make it happen as dlc plz!!!

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