Metroid Prime 4 Development Starting From Scratch

After a reveal at E3 2017, Nintendo’s been pretty quiet when it came to Metroid Prime 4. Now we know why.

This morning, Nintendo uploaded a video to their YouTube channel entitled “Development update on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch“. The video itself isn’t too long, but the message it conveys is huge: Metroid Prime 4’s development is being completely restarted.

Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer at Nintendo, gave the news in a clear and succinct fashion. “We must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” said Takahashi. “We had to make a difficult decision as a development team.”

The current producer of Metroid Prime 4, Kensuke Tanabe, is now going to be working hand-in-hand with Retro Studios, the team behind the original Prime trilogy. Together they will “restart development from the beginning.”

In collaborating with Retro, Nintendo hopes to make the game live up to fans’s expectations. It’s unusual for Nintendo to pull back the curtain and be clear and honest with their fans like this, but at least now we have some news on the state of Metroid Prime 4, even if it means we’ll have to wait a little while longer for it.

Have you been waiting for Metroid Prime 4? Do you think turning to Retro for help is the right choice? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for the latest gaming news.

Author: Diego Perez

Diego Perez is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Texas. Although he's working toward a degree in Telecommunication Media Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Diego spends his free time playing and writing about games. He's been writing about games for over two years at this point, and his work has been published at websites like The Outerhaven and Attack of the Fanboy. When he's not playing games, he's talking about games, and Diego does both a lot.

2 thoughts on “Metroid Prime 4 Development Starting From Scratch”

  1. Well, the news about restarting the Development Metroid Prime 4 from Scratch is a fortunate and unfortunate turn of events. Fortunate because the 4th game will finally be developed by Retro Studios, which I personally think is the only developer company that will pull it off. Bandai Namco is a great developer company but I feel certain that this is not for them. Plus, there’s a certainty that MP4 will come out incredibly amazing. Unfortunately, those who have waited long for MP4 will have to wait again.


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