Game Informer's Imran Khan recently dropped the juicy teaser that he's heard Nintendo is reviving a game that was officially canceled. Naturally, this has excited Nintendo fans around the world and triggered widespread speculation. What buried treasure could Nintendo be digging back up? One of the most popular suggestions is former Xbox One exclusive Scalebound from PlatinumGames, but we have our doubts.
As it turns out, so does Liam Robertson, the man who first broke the story that it was canceled. Robertson has a knack for getting behind-the-scenes info on PlatinumGames, and he's spent "a fair bit of time talking to people who worked on it" since its cancellation. Despite his digging, he has yet to hear any Scalebound rumors that he finds credible.
Robertson's latest video also outlines some of the obstacles that make such a revival unlikely. This includes the departure of key developers on the project (like Creative Producer JP Kellams), the fact that the game was struggling to run on Xbox One (much less Switch), Platinum's limited resources (they're already working on Bayonetta 3, Astral Chain, and more), and the fact that, as far as we know, Microsoft still owns the IP. While he can't rule the rumor out definitively, Robertson is fairly confident that a Scalebound revival isn't happening right now.
Additionally, he weighed in on the less popular rumor that the Nintendo revival could be Project H.A.M.M.E.R., a title canceled long ago by Nintendo Software Technology. He also finds this to be highly unlikely, but that's based mostly on the fact that the game's development was a total disaster that Nintendo likely isn't too keen to revisit.