In a recent interview with VGC, Platinum Games' studio head, Atushi Inaba, was asked if the upcoming Switch exclusive Astral Chain had been influenced by the previously cancelled Xbox One title, Scalebound. There are supposedly no similarities between the two games:
"I can’t go in to detail about how the different gameplay systems of ASTRAL CHAIN and Scalebound work, but they’re both very different. Any feeling of similarity between the two projects is not true. It’s all in your imagination!"
Inaba was also asked how Scalebound's cancellation had impacted Platinum:
"I wouldn’t say our experience with Scalebound influenced us to go towards self-publishing. Quite frankly, the reality is that we’ve had plenty of titles cancelled in the past: that’s part and parcel of what comes with making video games.
"Watching fans getting angry at Microsoft over the cancellation wasn’t easy for us to watch. Because the reality is, when any game in development can’t get released it’s because both sides failed. I think there are areas where we could’ve done better and I’m sure there are areas that Microsoft as a publishing partner wish that they could’ve done better. Because nobody wants a game to be cancelled."
Are you looking forward to the release of Astral Chain on the Switch this August? Tell us below.
I'm pretty hyped for the game, yeah.
I didn't see a connection to scale bound, I actually forgot about that game.
Super excited to learn more and will likely buy day one (or earlier).
Every Tuesday and Thursday that Nintendo of America posted a tweet on ASTRAL CHAIN, I have the sudden urge of hyping up my most wanted title since Bayonetta 2! August 30th, here I come!
Microsoft was just too scared of having a good exclusive on their shelves.
This and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 are my most anticipated games for the next few months. Finally getting some more 3rd party exclusives that look great!
I cannot waitttt for this game to arrive. It's one of those games you just know will be special
I want this game slot more than scalebound!
Astral Chains, Babylon's Falls and Bayo3
Super high on my list!
Still run around in Nier-Automata just for kicks - love this studio.
I bet some ideas from Scalebound were carried over to this game. I fail to believe that they would let Scalebound due and not carry over concepts from it for other games they make.
Still hyped for this. It's bound to make an appearance at E3. 😁
I do wish that Scalebound would be revived though.
I'm yet to be really blown away by any of Platinum's games that I've played (still haven't been able to really get into Bayonetta for whatever reason for example) but I'm actually pretty excited about this one. It looks really great.
Omg just stop it Platinum! 4 games! 4 games that I want to buy soon from you!
Bayonetta 1 and 2 and possibly 3 if I would love the first two games, and astral chain!! Just take my money lol
@BenAV I am sorry to hear that. I love Platinum games. Oh well, I hope you enjoy Astral Chain.
@michellelynn0976 I haven't played too many of their games though, admittedly. Bayonetta seemed fine and I'll try to get back to it before Bayonetta 3 comes out but it just didn't really hook me. And The Wonderful 101 I just didn't like at all. MadWorld was kinda fun. Hopefully this is the one that really hooks me though, as there's a lot about it that I like the look of.
another find game to add to my switch collection.
This game seriously has me hyped up and I am yearning to put the game card into my Switch...
@BenAV That's cool. I liked the Wonderful 101, but I admit it's an aquired taste. I do hope you give Bayonetta another chance though. Oh I love that game so much.
I think I have already preordered that one on amazon when it was announced. I am hoping for something halfway between Nier Automata and Bayonetta.
I cannot wait for this game. It will definitely be a day one purchase
Was disappointed when scalebound got cancelled hopefully that don't happen to this
I bought a Xbox One pretty much just for Scalebound and Rare Replay; so I was very disappointed when it was canceled.
Astral Chains and Bayonetta 3 for my Switch more than make up for it though.
Scalebound was a huge disappointment. Still, I'm looking forward to Astral Chains and B3. Hell I would take Wonderful 101 for the Switch. That game would sell big time!
This is so strong a denial that I don't believe it! Every Platinum game has similarities with other Platinum games, so the idea that at least some elements from Scalebound haven't impacted development of their other games is silly.
Developer who knows all about the game gives his honest and detailed answer on why Astral Chain and Scalebound really have nothing whatsoever in common, commenters on a Nintendo website, who know nothing whatsoever about the company's internal workings and/or decision makings say it's not true because they think that they "really" know what's actually going on, much better than any Platinum Games employer or developer does...
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This is a mandatory purchase for me
Astral Chain looks amazing. Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain, Daemon x Machina, and Luigis Mansion 3 are my most hyped Switch exclusives of 2019.
Outside of exclusives I'm hyped for Code Vein and Dragon Quest 11 S ( DQ 11 S has exclusive content, but it's not an exclusive game, so idk where to put it).
If Code Vein doesn't come to Switch, I'm buying it on PC.
Already preordered when it got announced. Can’t wait for this game!!
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