Retro Studios Is Now Developing Metroid Prime 4 For Nintendo Switch

Retro Studios Is Now Developing Metroid Prime 4 For Nintendo Switch

The news was revealed in a video posted on YouTube that's presented by Shinya Takahashi, senior managing executive officer for Nintendo. Retro Studios was founded in 1998, and was the original developer of the entire Metroid Prime series, so they have a bit of experience on the subject.

"The current development status is very challenged, and we had to make a hard decision as a development team", Takahashi said in a video statement, embedded below. Whereas a company less confident in its gameplay pedigree or culture may have forced the game out anyway in order to meet demand, Nintendo's choice to restart development speaks volumes about how confident they are in their process, and more importantly, in Retro Studios' ability to make an awesome game.

What's notable here is how upfront Nintendo is being about the extent of the development troubles behind that delay. The good news is that, to complete and launch Metroid Prime 4 to Nintendo's high standards, the Japanese company will partner with the Prime series' original developers. Asked how Metroid Prime 4 was doing, Reggie Fils-Aimé said that development was "progressing well". We will keep you updated as news SLOWLY develops. This change was driven by the results that the studio developing the game previously (even that fact is still nebulous) was giving Nintendo.

It's been about a year-and-a-half since Nintendo first announced Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch, and many of us fans have completely understood that this is a production that wouldn't come to fruition overnight. The company said outright that it's not satisfied with how the development for the upcoming Switch title is going, and as a result, it has made a decision to restart development completely.

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This isn't the first time that Nintendo has delayed a game, nor will it be the last, but the degree of transparency shown in this video is, as far as I know, unprecedented for the Japanese publisher.

The game was initially announced in 2017 and expected to be released in 2019-2020. For the rest of us this means that Nintendo is putting quality over rushing a product to make a quick buck.

All three Metroid Prime games - developed by Retro Studios - were critically acclaimed, but after Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hit the Wii in 2007, the series vanished.

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