Nintendo hits reset button on Metroid Prime 4, original studio taking over development
The company announced in a video that the game will be delayed as Retro Studios starts the process over
Gamers are familiar with the age-old concept of starting over after coming to the conclusion that things aren’t going so well.
But it’s not too common for that to happen during a game’s development.
A new video from Nintendo’s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi confirms that Metroid Prime 4, the long-awaited sequel in the critically-acclaimed game series, has been delayed as Nintendo is restarting development and bringing in Retro Studios to work on the game.
Retro Studios, which is based in Texas, developed the original trilogy. The series dates back to the NES with Metroid in 1986. The Metroid Prime series began in 2002 on the Gamecube and had sequels in 2004 and 2007. The trilogy was re-released in 2009 for Nintendo Wii.
Eurogamer confirmed that Metroid Prime 4, which was announced at E3 2017 and did not yet have a set release date, was previously being developed by Bandai-Namco.
“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,” Takahashi said in the video. “However, we will continue developing the game so that when it is completed, it will stand shoulder to shoulder with the past Metroid Prime series titles.”
While the delay will likely prove disappointing for followers of the series, loyal Metroid fans should be excited to see the original trilogy’s development studio taking over.
You can check out the entire video below.