May 22, 2022

Metroid Prime 4 Developer Brings in Former DICE Art Director

Metroid Prime 4 Logo Reveal

Metroid Prime 4 Developer, Retro Studios, has brought in Jhony Ljungstedt, former Art Director with DICE. Having worked on games like Battlefield 5 and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, Ljungstedt’s art credentials speak for themselves.

Retro Studios Metroid Team

At the time of writing we still don’t know which projects Ljungstedt is working on, but it’d be fairly safe to assume it’s Metroid Prime 4. Notably, the studio has also hired Kyle Helfey and Stephen Dupree. Helfey being a former lead character artist on Halo, while Dupree was lead designer on Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze.

Metroid Prime art

Nintendo initially teased Metroid Prime 4 back in 2017, with just a logo. Nintendo then announced this time last year they would be making the rare move of restarting development. When Nintendo elected to restart development, they also decided to appoint a new development team. Enter Retro Studios, developers of the original Metroid Prime Trilogy – arguably perfectly placed to take over.

When the decision to restart came last year, Nintendo representative Shinya Takahashi stated the game had “not reached the standard we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series”. Now with a few talented additions to the team, hopefully Retro Studios can reach the famously high Nintendo standards.

A Potential New Date?

A few select outlets have also reported on a potential leak of Metroid Prime 4’s release date. According to Czech retailer Super Gamer, the title will release on 30th October 2020, but given the troubled development that seems unlikely. The more likely explanation being that the date is simply a placeholder until its official announcement.

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