July 5, 2022

Retro Studios rebooting Metroid Prime 4 from the ground up.

Since its E3 2017 teaser trailer, which showed off a Metroid Prime 4 logo stating the game was currently in development, we didn’t know what had become of the game during this 18 month time frame. Until now that is. Nintendo released a development update video today with regards to Metroid Prime 4 and what came out of it was a big surprise.

Nintendo executive Shinya Takahashi went on record to say that the company took the decision to restart the development process from scratch. Now there was some speculation last year that the developer working with Nintendo on the project was Bandai Namco and according to news website Eurogamer, they had multiple sources which proved that the Japan studio developing the game was accurate.

Meta Ridley fight from Metroid Prime

However, this was never officially confirmed by Nintendo themselves. Instead, the company has given people a reason to feel optimistic about Metroid Prime 4’s development moving forward as they announced that Retro Studios, the original team responsible for the successful series of games will be taking over development, with the Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe leading the team.

Shinya Takahashi also expressed the way the development had been going and was pretty transparent about the current situation, stating:

“The current development status is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team,” Takahashi said in a video statement, embedded below. “We have decided to re-examine the development structure itself and change it.”

“We did not make this decision lightly,” Takahashi continued. “This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan.

“We strongly recognise that this delay will come as a disappointment to the many fans who have been looking forward to the launch of Metroid Prime 4.”

“I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt apologies to everyone that the launch will be delayed. It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development time will be extensive.

“However, we will continue developing the game so that when it is completed, it will stand shoulder to shoulder with past Metroid Prime titles.”

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While fans will be feeling disappointed that Metroid Prime 4 will not be hitting the Nintendo Switch in 2019 and possibly 2020 if their development has to start from the ground up. There is a sense of optimism all round, knowing the development team behind the original Metroid Prime trilogy and even as a company developing the recently acclaimed platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, are back in the mix to hopefully create the best game they possibly can.

Personally, I say, let it cook in the oven and give it the time needed to produce a quality title that hopefully meets the standards of the previous Metroid Prime games.

Source: EurogamerNintendo UK

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