Nintendo provided an update on the status of Metroid Prime 4. In video, senior executive executive officer Shinya Takahashi accepted that the development of the game has not yet reached the standards the publisher wanted and the project was rebuilt. Additionally, Retro Studios, the Texas-based team that developed the three previous entrances in the series, was returned to work in the sequel.
"Although this is very unfortunately we must tell you that the current progress has not reached the standards we are looking for in the pursuit of a Metroid Prime series," said Takahashi. "Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase, we challenge ourselves and face whether the game lives this quality every day.
"From this perspective we have decided that the current development of [Metroid Prime 4] It is very challenging, and we have had to make a decisive decision as an evolving team. We decided to re-examine the development structure and change it. "
Takahashi went on to confirm that Kensuke Tanabe, a game producer, will work "in faith and cooperation with the study that developed the original series Metroid Prime, Retro Studios … and restart the development of the beginning." This collaboration, he said, will allow Nintendo to make a sequel that will meet the expectations of the fans.
Takahashi has also tried to restore some of these expectations, especially about how soon people can see and hear more about Metroid Prime 4. "This change will basically mean restarting the development of the beginning," Takahashi repeated, "so the game's end will be delayed our initial internal plan.
"It will be a long way for the next time that we can update you on the progress of the development, and the time of development will be extensive. However, we will continue to develop the game, so that when it is finished, it will be the shoulder to the shoulder with the past titles of the Metroid Prime series. "
Metroid Prime 4 was first announced at E3 2017, with a very short teaser that just showed a logo and message that read "Metroid Prime 4 – Now evolved for Nintendo Change". Shortly after his disclosure, it was confirmed that Retro had no participation in the project. Reports later suggested that Bandai Namco worked in the game in some capacity. Bandai Namco has collaborated with Nintendo in several Smash Bros games. But its participation with Metroid Prime has never been confirmed.
Retro Studios's return will definitely be a good news for fans of the Metroid Prime series. The team itself changed a bit because it finally worked with Metroid, with the main members of the First-developed team leaving Armature Studio to be established. Retro Studios has maintained a strong relationship with Nintendo, developing Mario Kart 7 for Nintendo 3DS and various games from Donkey Kong Country for Wii, 3DS, Wii U and Switch.