Development on Metroid Prime 4 to be restarted with veteran developer Retro Studios at the helm
For a series that tends to fly under the radar and is usually forgotten, Metroid has an avid (if small) fan base. We’ve heard almost nothing about the development of the latest installment in the Metroid franchise, Metroid Prime 4, since its announcement at E3 2017. That may be for a good reason.
In a video to fans, senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi said that the “current development progress [of Metroid Prime 4] has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” Takahashi stated that Nintendo was not happy with the quality of the game and has decided to completely erase everything that has been done so far and to restart development.
That basically resets the clock on a game highly anticipated by Nintendo fans. There is a silver lining to this news. Retro Studios, the development studio behind the first three Metroid Prime games and the much-beloved Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze, will be taking over development of Metroid Prime 4.
This may be a smart move by Nintendo. Considering how dedicated and vocal Nintendo fans can be (especially diehard fans of the Metroid series), Metroid Prime 4 needs to be a well-polished game to see any kind . Bringing the development studio that catapulted the Metroid Prime series into critical acclaim on board may be what Metroid Prime 4 needs for its best shot at success.