Metroid Prime 4 development moved to Retro Studios, starting game from scratch

A quick look back at 2018 and you’ll find that most Switch owners will tell you that the second year for the Switch was nowhere near as impressive as that huge first year that included The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, along with several other big names for the format. 2018 would just never get close to that, except for Super Smash Ultimate. 2019 has some catching up to do and Metroid Prime 4 was the game most players anticipated. Unfortunately that is not to be.

A video that launched on Friday afternoon had the senior manager executive officer, Shinya Takahashi, dropping a bombshell – Metroid Prime 4 is going to be removed from their current development partners (believed to be Bandai Namco) and moved to Retro Studios. Retro Studios are the developers that worked on the Donkey Kong Country games in modern times and also created the original Metroid Prime Trilogy. It’s good to see the series returning to its original creators. The bad news is that game development up to this point for the title will be scratched and completely redeveloped.

Drop any hopes of seeing the next game in the series for at least another two to three years. We are at the very least happy that Nintendo would rather scratch a game in turmoil and not release it, as so many other big corporations would normally do. It’s a bitter sweet moment.

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