According to a recent post from EuroGamer, it would appear that Bandai Namco, the publisher behind the recently released Dragon Ball FighterZ, will be taking the reins in developing Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch.
During a presentation at E3 2017, Nintendo had officially revealed the development of Metroid Prime 4 in a video merely displaying the game’s title and no more. Metroid fans the world over lost their minds with excitement, not to mention that Nintendo would be releasing Metroid: Samus Returns just a few months later.
Amid the excitement, questions of who would be the developer behind the latest project began to spring up. Logically, it was assumed that the Austin, Texas-based Retro Studios, the original team behind the Metroid Prime Trilogy, would take up the Metroid Prime mantle once again. However, Nintendo declined to comment following the game’s initial reveal.
It turns out that Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, specifically, will be the true developer of the long awaited sequel. The team is composed of former LucasArts employees whose most recent work, before the Disney-Lucasfilm acquisition, was the cancelled Star Wars: 1313 project. This isn’t a surprise, considering that Namco has collaborated with Nintendo before such as with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, as well as Pokken Tournament.
The announcement is further supported by Press-Start, evidencing that a Bandai-Namco employee’s LinkedIN profile shows a listing for an “Unannounced IP (First Person Shooter/Adventure Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch) among other current projects. The same posting also deems the employee’s LinkedIN profile legitimate, with work spanning 20 years among reputable publishers.
Metroid Prime 4 is still in the infancy of its development, and a Holiday 2018 release would be unlikely. However, there’s always the possibility that a cinematic trailer with some alpha build gameplay could be shown at E3 2018. Wishful thinking of course.
Another interesting thing to bide the time would be if Nintendo releases an HD port of the Metroid Prime Trilogy to the Nintendo Switch, thereby allowing newcomers of the series to become familiar with the sequence of events leading up to Metroid Prime 4.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption ended on a cliffhanger in which the game’s protagonist, Samus Aran, goes to lightspeed in space but is soon pursued by a mysterious assailant on the hunt for her. It turns out this character was Sylux, first seen in Metroid Prime Hunters, and harbors a fierce hatred toward Samus.
“So it was Sylux, another hunter from Metroid Prime Hunters at the end of Metroid Prime 3. Personally I’d like to create a story centering around Sylux and Samus,” said series producer Kensuke Tanabe in a statement two years before Metroid Prime 4’s reveal. However, we still don’t know if this will be the focus of the plot for Metroid Prime 4.
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