Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer of Nintendo, had some troubling news he dropped on us this morning. Takahashi provided fans an update on the development of Metroid Prime 4 – and apparently, it hasn’t been going well. Nintendo confirmed that work on the title has been scrapped, with plans to give the game to Retro Studios and have them start from scratch.
Retro Studios, of course, developed the original Metroid Prime trilogy. More recently they’ve been helming the Donkey Kong Country Returns series. Having Retro Studios back at the helm of the Metroid Prime series is reassuring, but it’s devastating nonetheless that years worth of progress is essentially being thrown out.
In a YouTube statement provided to fans, Takahashi confirmed the news, saying that series producer Kensuke Tanabe will “work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States and restart development from the beginning.”
Takahashi attempted to soften the blow, promising that “by collaboration and developing with Retro Studios, we believe we can make this game something that will meet our fans’ expectations.”
Nintendo’s overseer of development stated that Nintendo “did not make this decision lightly. This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed form our initial internal plan.”
As Shinya Takahashi wrapped, he offered the following apology hoping to alleviate the woes of broken-hearted Metroid fans:
“We strongly recognize that this delay will come as a disappointment to the many fans who have been looking forward to the launch of Metroid Prime 4. I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt apologies to everyone that the launch will be delayed. 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. 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. “
With Metroid Prime 4 development pretty much starting from scratch, don’t expect the game to arrive on Nintendo Switch for years. Likely sometime within 2022. Hopefully, Samus’ next big outing is worth the wait. Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster anyone?
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