As one of the oddest exclusive game announcements to ever stem from an Xbox conference, Scalebound certainly turned heads when it was first announced during E3 2014. Featuring dragons and headphone-wearing protagonists, the title's initial reveal left many gamers equal parts intrigued and confused about the actual premise of the final product. Now, thanks to Microsoft's Gamescom presentation, fans have a better grasp on what playing the game will entail.
Taking the stage, Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya showcased the first ever in-game footage of Scalebound. Featuring a massive dragon companion, the trailer itself built on what was previously known about the much anticipated title and then proceeded to showcase new aspects of the wholly original third-person adventure game.
It's been known for some time that Scalebound would receive a proper gameplay reveal during Microsoft's Gamescom 2015 presentation, and the house of Gates made good on those promises. Featured alongside highly destructible landscapes of Crackdown 3 and the time-jumping antics of Quantum Break, Platinum Games' latest stands out as a very unique experience unlike anything that's been seen anywhere else before.
While the action and dialogue sounds very reminiscent of existing Platinum-developed properties, it still manages to stand against what the studio has released thus far. While the massive dragon certainly has something to do with that, it'll be interesting to see what other uses the beast has outside of being a neat-looking mount or player-directed ally.
While the single-player component will definitely appeal to longtime fans of the studio, the end of the trailer also showcases a four player co-operative element. While this multiplayer option hasn't been confirmed to feature throughout the entirety of Scalebound, it does look like immense boss monsters will at the very least activate the option to team up with friends and strangers alike over Xbox Live.
Now the wait for Microsoft's newest exclusive begins, and it'll be a long wait still before gamers are saddling up on a dragon and battling giant insect-like monsters and regular-sized knights. Set to arrive during Holiday 2016, it looks as if the wait will end up being worth it if Scalebound delivers the same action and innovation that it appears to in its newly released Gamescom trailer.
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Scalebound is slated to release exclusively for Xbox One at some point during Holiday 2016.