It’s now been 5 years since Nintendo introduced that growth of Metroid Prime Four was being rebooted and handed off to a brand new steward, Metroid Prime collection creators Retro Studios. Nintendo has mentioned little in regards to the recreation since, resulting in hypothesis that the fourth Metroid Prime recreation will function both a swan tune for Nintendo Change or as a marquee launch title for that console’s successor, aka the “Nintendo Change 2.”
On Jan. 25, 2019, Shinya Takahashi, senior managing government officer at Nintendo, introduced that “present growth progress has not reached the requirements we search in a sequel to the Metroid Prime collection” and confirmed an indefinite delay of the sport. Growth on Metroid Prime Four had reportedly shifted away from Bandai Namco’s studios to Austin-based Retro.
Since then, Metroid Prime Four has remained on Nintendo’s upcoming launch schedule with a “TBA” launch date. The Change maker has not dedicated to any type of launch window, and with reporting that signifies the next-generation of Nintendo consoles is imminent, many Nintendo followers have questioned whether or not Metroid Prime Four will nonetheless be a Change recreation.
It nonetheless might be. It is also a next-gen Nintendo recreation, since Nintendo has a small however noteworthy monitor document of cross-generation releases. In 2006, Nintendo launched The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on each its ailing GameCube and the brand-new Wii. A little bit over a decade later, it did one thing comparable, releasing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on each Wii U and Nintendo Change.
With Change 2 reportedly that includes backward compatibility assist for video games launched on the unique Change, a dual-platform launch doesn’t appear out of the query.
Polygon reached out to Nintendo for an replace on Metroid Prime 4’s standing, however has not acquired a response.
We could get extra data quickly, nonetheless. For the previous 5 years, Nintendo has launched a brand new Nintendo Direct showcase every February. And with among the firm’s 2024 plans looming (e.g., Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Princess Peach: Showtime!, Paper Mario: The Thousand-12 months Door), Nintendo followers are due for updates on these video games and hopefully extra.
Nintendo lovers who’re hungry for brand new data on Metroid Prime Four have actually been digging in recent times. In 2020, job listings at Retro Studios revealed that the developer was seeking to rent a storyboard artist that might assist “outline emotional scenes that may resonate with audiences” and “discover fascinating and progressive scenes that elevate the narrative.” As Retro employed up, it introduced on builders with expertise on franchises like Grand Theft Auto, God of Battle, and Name of Obligation, underscoring the AAA ambitions of Metroid Prime 4.
Retro Studios beforehand labored on three Metroid Prime video games and the 2009 Wii assortment that bundled that trilogy collectively. Metroid Prime Four is the developer’s solely introduced venture and the studio is presently hiring for a wide range of roles, although it’s unclear whether or not these roles are particularly to work on the following Metroid Prime recreation.
And since Nintendo initially introduced Metroid Prime 4, approach again in 2017 at that 12 months’s E3, it has launched a handful of video games within the franchise to tide followers over. That features 2017’s Metroid: Samus Returns, a lavish remake of a Recreation Boy recreation; 2021’s Metroid Dread, a basic side-scrolling journey recreation that may go on to turn out to be the bestselling Metroid recreation up to now; and final 12 months’s Metroid Prime Remastered, an overhauled model of the GameCube unique.