Keen to play “Metroid Prime 4” following the project’s announcement by Nintendo over a year ago? You’re going to be waiting at least a year if not longer than originally planned.
Nintendo has brought in Retro Studios to work on the project and, together with the game’s producer, the plan is to scrap what’s been done so far since late 2017 and start development on the project all over again as what has been done hasn’t “reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series” according to the company.
In a rare video from Nintendo on Youtube on Friday morning, Nintendo’s General Manager of Entertainment Planning & Development Shinya Takahashi says:
“We have decided to reexamine the development structure itself and change it. Specifically, 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.
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′.”
Nintendo still has plenty of games on the way for 2019 including new iterations of “Bayonetta,” “Luigi’s Mansion,” “Animal Crossing” and “Fire Emblem”.