According to creative director, Jean Pierre Kellam, in a blog post featured on Xbox Wire, protagonist Drew’s “Dragon Link” ability will allow the player to directly control his dragon, Thuban in the upcoming Xbox/Windows exclusive, Scalebound. A single button press, writes Kellam, will allow the player to switch in and out of the Dragon Link mode, allowing them to take advantage of both Drew and Thuban’s unique skill sets in an effort to exploit enemy weaknesses. When taking control of Thuban, however, Drew is defenseless and therefore players must keep their wits about them and use the ability very strategically to capitalise on this critical technique.
The creative director of Japan’s PlatinumGames also describes the nature of the Dragon DNA system, a feature of Scalebound that allows players to build a truly unique companion in the game’s beautiful and dangerous world; Draconis. The Dragon DNA is comprised of three separate components that will shape the player’s scaly partner – morphing, parts and armour. Kellam had this to write about the Dragon DNA experience:
“We’ve already shown off our three core dragon types to choose from – the Rex, Tank and Wyvern – but the possibilities are much grander with morphing. These types are connected in an evolutionary circle and by using gems at a dragon shrine, players will be able to blend both their physical and visual attributes, whether it’s the strength of the Tank or the swiftness of the Wyvern. You can even make our personal favorite – fat Rex. He’s a blend of a Tank and a Rex that is a bit slower than a normal Rex, but can also take and deal more damage.