June 2017 saw an E3 announcement like no other! Nintendo told the world that a long-awaited sequel to the Metroid Prime series was indeed in production for the Switch. But then a few days ago (Friday 25th January 2019) we got the news that would shock millions of Switch fans worldwide, Metroid Prime 4 was to get a major delay! Now, why was this? Surely the last year and a half since the announcement must have been enough time to develop a certainly pleasing entry to the franchise! Turns out that Nintendo were not happy with the progress that had been made by the unnamed studio (which many believe to be Bandai Namco) and made the difficult announcement.
While we may not know all of the facts, we have been informed by Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi that Retro Studios will take the reins and go back to the series they helmed for the trilogy we have already enjoyed. The studio will start the game from the very beginning and seemingly scrap all assets that already exist. I should also say that Kensuke Tanabe will also be back as producer for Metroid Prime 4 to help create the best game possible.
With this news, it is safe to say that the game will possibly not return until 2021 at the very earliest, which could be a tough wait for any fan. But since this news arrived, there was been a number of sources offering some information on what comes next. Imran Khan from Game Informer has offered updates on Twitter about the studio switch, what was going wrong and also discusses THAT Metroid Prime Trilogy collection!
While Khan says that 4 was being made by multiple developers and this ultimately saw its downfall, he also mentions that the Trilogy was due to be announced in December 2018 but was pulled at the last minute. This looks like the change to Retro was part of the reason for the delay, but we can only hope that the collection will be announced in a Nintendo Direct which may be revealed on January 31st! Why 31st? Well I honestly think this would be the best time to open the year by discussing the successes and now give a focus to the other big titles since Prime 4 will not see a release for a long time.
So, we could have Metroid Prime Trilogy HD coming to the Nintendo Switch in the next few months, but could we also see some other Metroid titles make the cut and come to the console while we wait? The original NES game is already available to play with the subscription to the online service, maybe it would be easy enough to send the other classics our way to lessen the blow.
This could also have an impact on the release schedule as many believe that 4 was due to come out by the end of the year. With Pokémon, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing and hopefully Bayonetta 3 on the way in 2019, we may see some games get a bigger push to replace Samus’ next adventure. Personally, as long as Pokémon Generation 8 and Bayonetta 3 are great, I think I can wait for Prime 4. If that Trilogy which has not stopped being discussed is indeed ready, release it now please Nintendo and just let the people have something for now!
Thank you for checking this article out and I look forward to reviewing discussing mentioning thinking bringing any scrap of news about Metroid Prime 4 to you in the future!
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove