Metroid Prime 4 was officially announced by Nintendo at the E3 in 2017. It has been almost two years since then, but it seems that the developers haven’t made any significant progress. In fact, Shinya Takanashi, a senior executive of Nintendo, confirmed that the development hadn’t delivered the expected results, which is why they decided to return the project to the drawing boards.
In other words, Metroid Prime 4 will be developed from scratch. Furthermore, the company signed a partnership with Retro Studios, the company that worked on previous instalments in the franchise. That piece of news is encouraging as they have the experience required to know what the fans expect from the next sequel.
“The Metroid Prime franchise has established high standards, and the fourth core entry to the series hasn’t reached them so far. Nintendo won’t accept anything but the best game quality, which is why we decided that a change in development structure is needed. Metroid Prime 4’s producer Kensuke Tanabe will be tasked to work with Retro Studios, and the development will be restarted.” said Takanashi.
Although that means we won’t get to play the sequel any time soon, it also implies that Nintendo wants to ensure to make a superb game, which is precisely what fans expect.
Confirmed by Takanashi Himself
Even Takanashi has confirmed that we shouldn’t expect any news in the near future.
“The development will take a lot of time. The important thing is that developing will continue and, once it is done, the result will be a game that will be up to the standards set by the franchise. However, we do not know when we will release the next update regarding the development process.”
Although Retro Studios will again participate in designing the game, it is important to note that their team has changed over the last several years. In fact, the majority of the team that worked on Metroid Prime is now a part of Armature Studio. However, Retro continue collaboration with Nintendo and development Donkey Kong Country for multiple consoles and Mario Kart for 3DS.