Nintendo has announced a long awaited return to the Metroid franchise. It was revealed during their E3 stream that Metroid Prime 4 is in development for the Switch. A simple title card backed by music from Metroid Prime was shown as a teaser, with no word yet on a possible release date. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hit shelves nearly 10 years ago, and a sequel has been rumoured ever since the ending credits scene depicted Samus’s ship being followed by bounty hunter Sylux from Metroid Prime Hunters. While the Prime series held universal acclaim, more recent instalments to the series fell flat, from Metroid Other M to Federation Force. This most likely contributed to the long wait for the series return.
The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise—to return to the Prime series after so long—however back at E3, 2015 series producer Kensuke Tanabe noted that the series could return on what is now the Switch. This will not be the first time the series has jumped console releases, in this case from the Wii to the Switch, bypassing the Wii U. There was an eight year gap between the SNES’s Super Metroid and the Gamecube’s Metroid Prime, with the N64 being released in between. It has been nearly seven years since the release of Other M, and depending on the release date for Prime 4, it is likely Nintendo will be breaking the eight year record.
Nintendo has also confirmed the game will not be developed by Retro Studios, it is being lead by series producer Tanabe and a new development team.
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