Nintendo announced on Friday Morning they are bringing in Retro Studios to work with Metroid Prime 4’s producer and start over on game development from the scratch.
“Ever since the announcement, we have not been able to give you an update. 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 the Metroid Prime series,” explained Nintendo’s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi in a video. “We have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team.”
The news comes almost 2 years after the Nintendo announced the game was in development for the Nintendo Switch internally. Producer Kensuke Tanabe previously worked on a few Nintendo titles including “Metroid Prime: Federation Force,” “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,” and “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.”
Also, the development will be shifting to a new studio but it is not clear which team was developing the game in the first place. The team behind the original prime games ‘Retro Studios’ will now handle Prime 4. Takahashi said that by collaborating with Retro studios they believe they would make gaming better and more advanced.
“We have decided to have the producer, Kensuke Tanabe, work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States, and restart development from the beginning,” Takahashi explained. “We did not make this decision lightly. This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan. We strongly recognize that this delay will come as a disappointment to the many fans who have been looking forward to the launch of Metroid Prime 4.”
Last year at E3, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said that the development on the Prime 4 is going well but now that is not the case. In the video, Takahashi claims that the sequel will stand equals with Metroid Prime series titles when it comes.