Xbox One exclusive Scalebound has been delayed to 2017. It had been due out in 2016.

In an update on its website, Platinum Games, maker of action game Bayonetta, insisted development of Scalebound was going well, but the game had to be delayed to make sure it met expectations.

Here's the statement:

As we enter into 2016, we want to provide you with an update on Scalebound, the upcoming Xbox One-exclusive action-RPG that lets you fight alongside a fearsome dragon named Thuban.

Development on the game is going well and we're really happy with how it's coming together. Scalebound is one of the biggest games PlatinumGames has ever created: an epic adventure filled with exploration and fantasy gameplay, inventive multiplayer, and action-packed battles on an unbelievable scale - all set in a beautiful and evolving world. It's the game our team has always dreamed of making.

In order to deliver on our ambitious vision and ensure that Scalebound lives up to expectations, we will be launching the game in 2017. This will give us the time needed to bring to life all the innovative features and thrilling gameplay experiences that we have planned.

We know you're excited to see more and thank you for your patience. Scalebound is a truly special project that's been several years in the making, and we are very proud and inspired by all the work our team has done so far.

We will be sharing more about our vision for Scalebound later this year and can't wait to give you a closer look at the world of Draconis and the incredible creatures and experiences we're building.

Platinum has - as ever - a lot on its plate. As well as Scalebound, the Japanese studio is making Nier: Automata for Square Enix and Star Fox Zero for Nintendo.

Martin Robinson took a close look at Scalebound back in August 2015. Hideki Kamiya, of Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry fame, is leading development.

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