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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Main character is a blend between all generic final fantasy protagonists and the guy from uncharted. It sucks.

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@galva86:

The main character seems a lot more like Dante to me who is a favorite of mine so I think he looks cool. Nice touch with the headphones as well hopefully the game has a good soundtrack and the headphones is a good way to explain where the music comes from.

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@galva86: That is an insult to FF and Nathan Drake.

He's more Don'te from DmC.

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@davem1992:

Yea morel like young Dante from Devil May Cry 3.

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@davem1992: lets add Dante to the suck list.

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@galva86:

What's wrong with Dante he's a badass.

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@Marky360: read the whole conversation before posting

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@galva86: Don'te from DmC I hope, old Dante was awesome.

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@davem1992: he's a bit of both just not as good, but that's pretty much what I thought when I watched the trailer

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@davem1992: sorry i thought it was a typo. We add that guy and remove the other one sir.

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They saw Horizon for PS4 and knew they had no chance and said maybe we can use dragons

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@drizzygadget:

Well honestly I feel Dragons are better then dinosaurs so eve if that's true they're better off now.

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@drizzygadget: That doesn't make any sense. We knew there were dragons in Scalebound last year. Horizon was revealed this year.

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The main character is so polarizing to literally EVERYTHING in the game play trailer. I am assuming there is a story reason for this..

Oh yeah, has a sword and shield, wields sword 1 handed, doesn't draw shield? Okay.... whatever...

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What I originally thought was the game being about giant monster battles that you can either control or fight against, just not limited to having only an AI pet dragon.

I think I just want to have a (giant) monster game where I can fight all kind of other monsters instead of having another human protagonist. It's a shame that the execution of Evolve and Godzilla failed miserably as they could've bring something fresh.

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I hate the main character

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@fvckgabenewell: According to the devs,the dragon is more in focus but yeah,ppl dont like the "main" human character very much.

I hope the guy isnt always like the typical stereotype japanese cool/unbeatable dude without a serious note and character edges.

The relatinship with the dragon will hopefully also evolve Drews behaviour.

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@sladakrobot: I hope you're right, but I'm not sure how the dragon can be a focus if its only an AI companion.

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@northArrow: That is what the dev said.
There will much more equipment,visual and other possibilities for the dragon.
The dev want you as player to feel more about the dragon.
When the dragon dies in a battle so dies also Drew.

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@sladakrobot: Im getting it from what I have seen.

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I saw Scalebound on my Xbox1. While the game looked nice as a video, I thought the game would suck as a game. Typical Dragons means no imagination. Tons of games have Dragons for the longest time. How about coming up with creative ideas to improve the premise of games period? I won't even consider playing much less paying for this game unless its offered free and that's a "Maybe".

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@excelsciors: Why dont you read some interviews with the devs about the game,gameplay and the role of dragons in the game?

That could change your stance about the game

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@sladakrobot: It's funny, the gameplay changed my stance on the game entirely.

I went from no interest in the game but liked the look of the main lead to wanting the game but HATING the main lead.

So weird.

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@davem1992: Indeed...weird :-)

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@sladakrobot: btw do you know where I can vote on what 360 games could be made BC?

I wanna vote for the JRPGs.

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@davem1992: Here:
https://xbox.uservoice.com/forums/298503-backwards-compatibility

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@sladakrobot: Danke, Vesperia is only at around 7000 votes, depressing as ****.

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@davem1992: Indeed.
For me it is very strange that Tales of Vesperia didnt attracted more Sony fans into buying the X360 since Vesperia is only available for the X360 outside of Japan(in an english version).

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@sladakrobot: As amazing as Vesperia is (my fav game in the series), Tales isn't a system seller series amongst JRPG players.

Now if it had been Persona or Dragon Quest, that would've been a bigger deal.

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main char corny af

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Yea....Ark: Survival Evolved did it first so Scalebound changed to dragons.

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@berserker66666: Facepalm

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looks like monster hunter with Rathalos on our side.

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Edited By immortality20

Always interesting to learn history of a game's development, and this change was for the better. Glad Microsoft picked this up, going to be a great game.

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@immortality20: I wonder if they'll include dual audio, might make the main lead a tad less annoying if they gave him a badass japanese voice.

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They should scrap the dragons for zombies.

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@flyincloud1116: What about zombie dragons?

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@suicidesn0wman: Even better.

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Commanding a large dragon and the large monster fights would be pretty cool. And it being multiplayer with everyone having their own large dragon is pretty nito too.

Ground combat looks boring though, and the main character isn't likable nor does he fit in with the theme of the game. He's out of place, which really is a turn off.

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All I want is for them to completely rewrite the main lead, he was easily the only bad thing about the gameplay trailer.

I may not be the biggest Xbox fan but Scalebound looks like it could be my favourite Platinum game when it releases, Nier 2 however might change that.

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@davem1992 said:

All I want is for them to completely rewrite the main lead, he was easily the only bad thing about the gameplay trailer.

I may not be the biggest Xbox fan but Scalebound looks like it could be my favourite Platinum game when it releases, Nier 2 however might change that.

Yeah they should really change the main protagonist or AT LEAST make him fully customization in the game...

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@davem1992 I absolutely hate the main character too. I might be able to tolerate him if the game ditches the headphones, which has no place in a game like this

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@northArrow: But without the headphones he cant listen to the Prodigy song :-)

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Edited By sladakrobot

@davem1992: Nier 2 must do better in almost every aspect comapared to Nier 1.

The stroy/atmosphere was the only thing i found great

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@sladakrobot: I still have Nier 1. I just pulled out a couple boxes full of PSOne, PS2, and PS3 from the garage, and I saw it in there.

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@flyincloud1116: You should play it even if you have now the new consoles hooked up.
The story and the sidequests are awesome and (next to The Last Odyssey) the best i ever experienced.

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@sladakrobot: They've got a good dev team behind it this time so I'm not worried.

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@davem1992: Yeah I wasn't feeling the main character at all, not one bit. He looks like that new DMC Dante and I hope there's at least a character customization.

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I really want to see more gameplay of this.

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@Tiwill44: Sorry but I agree with sladakrobot on this. We already saw one gameplay trailer, that is enough and I don't want to be spoiled by more trailers as it is. I also hope Sony doesn't show too much for Horizon cause I too will get that game since I'm cool with Guerilla Games.

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@Tiwill44: No...too much spoilers :-)
I ve seen enough to get me interested in the game and from now on i will avoid every vid/gameplay until i bought the game.
I did the same with Witcher 3 and will do the same with Quantum Break.
I just want to fully experience the games by myself instead of knowing too much of the game before i even started.

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@sladakrobot: Yeah, I mostly just want to know what the co-op gameplay is like.

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