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.
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