Sometimes, video games need a reboot after development begins. It may take a lot of time but in the end, the decision to reboot development makes it all worth the while. That is what appears to have happened with Metroid Prime 4 as Nintendo has made the decision for the next Metroid game to receive a new developer.
After previously being worked on by well-known developer Bandai Namco, Senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi of Nintendo had this to say about the next Metroid game getting a reboot:
Although this is very regrettable we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to Metroid Prime series. Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis. From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of [Metroid Prime 4] is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure and change it.
With that said, the next Metroid game developer will indeed be Retro Studios. Retro has had a long partnership with Nintendo creating games like Mario Kart 7 on the Nintendo 3DS, Donkey Kong Country and of course, they helped produce the original Metroid Prime Trilogy. This only seems fitting for Retro Games to be working on the next Metroid game as they come full circle to help work on the development of Metroid Prime 4.
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