In an almost unprecedented move by Nintendo, the company have issued a development update for Metroid Prime 4 by Shinya Takahasi, head of development at Nintendo.
He explains that since Metroid Prime 4 was announced back at E3 2017 and development was started, the project has not progressed as well as expected and was not meeting the company’s high standards. The game has notably been absent from Nintendo Directs during this time. As such, they’ve taken the drastic measure of restarting the project with series producer Kensuke Tanabe reuniting with Retro Studios, who revitalised the series with the first Metroid Prime game on GameCube.
This naturally means that the game will not be releasing when Nintendo had originally intended, even though that date and time frame was never publicly announced. For series fans, however, this might instil them with renewed confidence in Metroid Prime 4, with some doubting that rumoured partner Bandai Namco were up to the task, and with hopes that Retro can find that magical spark that made the Prime series one of the best on GameCube.