Nintendo presented up-to-date information on the state of Metroid Prime 4. In the video, senior executive Shinya Takahashi admitted that the development of the game so far has not reached the standards the publisher wanted and the project has been restarted. In addition, Retro Studios, a Texas-based team that developed the previous three tracks in the series, was returned to work on the sequel.
"Although this is a pity, we must let you know that the current development has not reached the standards we are looking for over the Metroid Prime series," Takahashi said. "Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase, we face the challenges and face the challenge of whether the game is doing this every day.
"From this point of view we have found that the current state of development of the [Metroid Prime 4] was very challenged and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We decided to review the development structure and change it. "
Takahashi has confirmed that Kensuke Tanabe, producer of the game, will work "in trust and cooperation with the studio that has developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios … and restarts development from the start." This collaboration will allow Nintendo to make a sequel to meet the expectations of fans.
Takahashi has also tried to rethink some of these expectations, especially about how soon people will be able to see and hear more about Metroid Prime 4. "This change will mean essentially resuming development from the start," Takahashi repeated. the game will be delayed from our original home plan.
"Until the next time we will be a long way in which we will be able to inform you about the progress of development and the time for development will be extensive. However, we will continue to develop the game, so when finished, it will stand side by side with the Metroid Prime series titles. "
Metroid Prime 4 was first announced on the E3 2017, with a very short tease that just showed the logo and the message that reads "Metroid Prime 4 – Now in Development for the Nintendo Switch." Soon after his disclosure, it was confirmed that Retro had no involvement in the project. The reports later suggest that Bandai Namco works in the game in some capacity. Bandai Namco has collaborated with Nintendo in many Smash Bros. games, but his participation in Metroid Prime has never been confirmed.
The return of Retro Studios will undoubtedly come as good news for fans of the Metroid Prime series. The team has changed somewhat since it last worked for Metroid, with key members of Prime's development team leaving Studio Armature. Retro Studios maintains a strong connection with Nintendo, developing Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS and various Donkey Kong Country games for Wii, 3DS, Wii U and Switch.