Development Scrapped on Metroid Prime 4, Will Be Restarted

Fans will be both disappointed—and maybe reassured by the honesty—to hear that Nintendo has issued an official statement with a Metroid Prime 4 update: namely, that the progress thus far on the game has been completely scrapped and restarted.

Nintendo’s Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi released the message in a video, thanking fans for their support and excitement, but stating that “the current development progress has not reached the standard we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.”

It’s disappointing, yes—but also refreshing to hear a company admit when they’ve taking a wrong turn and that they’re willing to forego all that money and time to start over for the sake of quality and happiness of their consumer base.

The development of the game has been completely restructured, with producer Kensuke Tanabe now working with Retro Studios—yes, that’s right. The team that developed the original Metroid Prime series.

This means the wait will be even longer, which Takahashi apologizes for in the video. However, he also promises the game will “stand shoulder to shoulder with the past Metroid Prime series titles” which reassures us that despite the setback, it will be worth waiting for.


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