Nintendo have announced that the development team for Metroid Prime 4 has been rebooted to meet the standards Nintendo fans expect of a Metroid Prime sequel.
In a video published on Nintendo’s Official YouTube channel Shinya Takahashi announced the update to the development team changes and the impact that decision will have on the release schedule.
“The current development process has not reached the standards we expect for a Metroid Prime sequel.”Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Nintendo
Metroid Prime 4 was first announced at E3 2017. Gameplay itself wasn’t shown but a teaser showing the logo and atmospheric music.
Nintendo did announce at the time that the game “was in development” and never announced the release date. We all hoped that it might be coming in 2019, however that now looks unlikely as the change in development team will certainly impact the release schedule.
The good news is that Kensuke Tanabe, the Producer behind the original Metroid Prime series for Nintendo, in collaboration with Retro Studios will now be taking on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch.
Although the game will be delayed, it’s good to see Nintendo have recognised the game wasn’t going in the direction perhaps they would have wanted and made this decision. The end result will likely result in a better game for the Metroid franchise fans and this can only be a good thing.