Metroid Prime 4 Development Officially Restarted

A lengthy delay to likely follow.

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 01/25/2019 07:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

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Fans waiting for new information on Metroid Prime 4 will probably be waiting for some time. In a surprising video released this morning, Nintendo Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi announced that development on the game was officially starting over, with Retro Studios now at the helm. According to Takahashi, the title “has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” You can watch the video embedded below.

Outside the obvious, there are multiple reasons today’s video is notable. This is a lot of transparency for a company as notoriously tight-lipped as Nintendo. In the past, Nintendo would likely have kept a lid on this sort of thing. Perhaps fan demand for new details prompted a response. What’s also notable is Retro’s involvement; the developer has been quite quiet since the 2014 release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. While they did help with the game’s port to Switch, we don’t know what else they’ve been up to. Does this mean that the game they were working on is nearing completion? Or will that see a potential delay, as well?

While today’s news will come as a disappointment to fans, it does speak to Nintendo’s commitment to releasing quality titles, no matter how long development may take. Shigeru Miyamoto famously once said “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” Hopefully Metroid Prime 4 will prove worth the wait.

Source: Nintendo

One Response to “Metroid Prime 4 Development Officially Restarted”

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    penduin says...

    This is a relief! With all due respect to whomever was handling it before, Retro’s Metroid Prime 4 is the one I want.

    I enjoyed Hunters, but it felt like Quake with a Metroid skin. If I were willing to give Federation Force the time of day (I am not) then I might come to a similar conclusion there. “Metroid Prime” minus Retro has resulted in games not nearly as beloved as the prime-Prime series. :^)

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