Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch already finished claims insider
More details have emerged about the reboot of Metroid Prime 4, as speculation grows on what Retro Studios were working on beforehand.
Although there was never any guarantee it would happen, many Switch owners were hoping for a surprise-filled Nintendo Direct this month, detailing a bunch of new games and release dates for the year ahead.
They got a surprise all right, but not one they were hoping for: work on Metroid Prime 4 has been scrapped and restarted with series creators Retro Studios.
Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan commented on the news over the weekend, being one of many to point out that, ‘There’s not a lot of old Metroid Prime people there anymore, so the experience is all just in the name’.
According to Khan, the problem with Metroid Prime 4 is that development was spread across different countries, and a lack of communication was causing problems.
Nintendo has never said who the developer was but rumours suggest it was a Bandai Namco studio in Singapore, staffed by a team of ex-LucasArts developers.
The reason Nintendo went for Retro Studio is that not only was everyone under one roof (and they own the company) but that they put together a demo for their vision of the game that Nintendo liked.
Although this creates a mystery of what Retro Studios has been working on for the last four years, since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, with some linking them to last year’s, so far unsubstantiated, rumours of a game called Star Fox: Grand Prix.
No matter how well things go now it’s going to be years until anything substantial is seen of Metroid Prime 4, which means Nintendo is probably going to try other ways to keep the Metroid name relevant in the meantime.
One obvious way is with remasters of the original three games – the first two of which were GameCube titles and third of which was released for the Wii.
According to Khan the remasters have ‘been long done’ and were supposed to be announced last month. The problems with Metroid Prime 4 are presumably the reason they weren’t.
Metroid Prime Trilogy was already released for the original Wii back in 2009, but it remains to be seen whether this would be essentially the same thing or if these will be brand new remasters.