Following Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase recently, head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke about how one of his favourite moments of the entire event was when Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age was announced for the platform.
"It's just an area of focus for us to make sure all creators globally feel like Xbox is a great platform for them and that they can deliver their games to a large global audience. It's an area that our team in Japan has really been working hard on."
Well, Phil, if you're perhaps interested in even more Japanese offerings on Xbox, why not consider reviving Microsoft's ambitious action role-playing IP, Scalebound? Although the original project developed by PlatinumGames is believed to be unsalvageable, in a recent interview with the YouTube channel GameXplain, Platinum director, Hideki Kamiya, and Platinum head, Atsushi Inaba, said they're still open to talking about it.
Here's the full translation:
Atsushi Inaba: We don't think that it's a forbidden topic or anything like that, we're happy to talk about it. Though, the IP does still rest with Microsoft, we do get a lot of fans still that do show interest in the title, and we're always happy to see if there are still people that are really interested in it coming out one day. The fans are thinking, you know like, there was a lot of possibilities, or a lot of cool things that looked like Kamiya might have been able to accomplish with that title, you know. And we also think, man, it would have been really nice to have that kind of opportunity, but it's not for us to say. Kamiya is just adding, if you want to see it again - please, send a letter to Phil Spencer.
Hideki tacked the following line onto the end of this in English, which was followed by collective laughter:
"Phil, let's do it again together"
Given how eager Microsoft is to crack the Japanese video game market, an exclusive IP like Scalebound from a prestigious local developer such as PlatinumGames (known for past hits such as Bayonetta and NieR:Automata) could be a great way to spike some interest.
What do you think, though? Would you like to see Microsoft give Platinum a second chance with the Scalebound IP? Do you think Microsoft needs more Japanese games in order to bring more players to Xbox? Tell us below.