Retro Studios, the developer behind games like Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, is rumored to be working on a new Star Fox racing title.
Reported on Eurogamer, a new round of rumors from Reddit and image boards suggests that Retro Studios has been working on a project titled “Star Fox: Grand Prix,” a sci-fi racing game said to feature elements of Nintendo’s own F-Zero with an action game twist.
The Reddit rumor described the game as “Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero” and is said to feature “an adventure mode of some kind, boss fights, and a hub world.”
If these rumors are true, this would be the first game for the studio since the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in early 2014, though the developer did a large amount of the porting and new content work on the recent Switch re-release.
The last Star Fox game was Star Fox Zero for the Nintendo Wii U, which launched back in 2016 with less than remarkable reception.
The project has yet to be confirmed, and Nintendo has not openly talked about what Retro Studios has been up to since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The only information Nintendo has given was during last year’s announcement of Metroid Prime 4, stating that Retro Studios is not working on the game and that a new developer will be working on the title.
Nintendo has been struggling to keep the franchise relevant with games like Star Fox Zero and the addition of Star Fox 2 on the SNES Classic, so a racing game with the license gives some hope that maybe Retro Studios has something special in store for us. Just the idea that Star Fox: Grand Prix will be made in the style of F-Zero makes me excited for it, especially since we haven’t seen anything out of the F-Zero series since 2003.
Keep your eyes on the Mammoth Gamers for further developments on the next probable Star Fox game.