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Old 01-25-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Metroid Prime 4 development restarted at Retro Studios

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Metroid Prime 4 development restarted at Retro Studios

A long road ahead for the anticipated sequel.




Development on Metroid Prime 4 has been restarted from scratch at original series developer Retro Studios, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi said in a video message.

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I am Shinya Takahashi, and I’m responsible for development at Nintendo. Thank you so much for playing Nintendo games. I wanted to speak with you today to give you an update on Metroid Prime 4, the newest title in the Metroid Prime series.

We deeply understand the high anticipation that Metroid Prime series fans have for this title. We have felt it especially from the passionate words from fans we heard when we first announced this title at E3 the year before last.

Ever since the announcement, we have not been able to give you an update, but as a result of the continuing development since that time, we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.

Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis. If we’re not satisfied with the quality, we aren’t able to deliver it to our customers with confidence and the game will not live up to our fans’ expectations.

From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. 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.

By collaborating and developing with Retro Studios, we believe we can make this game something that will meet our fans’ expectations. 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. I’d like to extend my deepest, heart-felt apologies to everyone that the launch will be delayed. It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development will be extensive. However, we will continue developing the game so that when it is completed, it will stand shoulder to shoulder with the past Metroid Prime series titles.

On behalf of Nintendo and Retro Studios, I sincerely appreciate your understanding.

Thank you very much.

https://gematsu.com/2019/01/metroid-...-retro-studios
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:06 PM   #2
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Disappointing but I gotta say I respect that move. To recognize what you're doing isn't good enough and NOT try to push a shitty game out anyway is very respectable in a corporate climate that tends to only care about the bottom line.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:29 PM   #3
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Why didn't they do that from the start eh? Retro hasn't done anything but help since tropical freeze.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:07 PM   #4
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makes sense of why they haven't shown anything now.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:32 PM   #5
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The shitty game can go to 3DS, at least you get something new to play.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:25 AM   #6
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Man, Bamco must have really messed up for them to scrap the whole thing and give it back to Retro. Why they didn't just do that in the first place is the most confusing thing.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:49 PM   #7
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Who was working on this originally? Nintendo Proper? Wait... Namco??? Also how has Retro Studios been able to stay in business and keep employees since... whatever the last game they worked on was? I must admit I don't know much about them, but I know I rarely ever hear anything about work they they do other than Metroid Prime.

Anyway, I'm not disappointed. I'm glad. Retro Studios should have had this since the beginning. Why the hell didn't they?
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Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze was their last game.
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