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zorg1000 said:
spemanig said:
My eyes couldn't possibly roll any further back. What has Retro been doing since 2013 then?

The rumored Star Fox Grand Prix, if real, might be really close to finished so they have the resources to start the early phases of a new project?

If this rumored game is real, I´d find it very weird and unusual that we don´t know if the damn thing even exists, if it´s indeed really close to finished. 

They could´ve definitely said or showed something about it by now if it´s like, at least 80% finished.



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JamesGarret said:
zorg1000 said:

The rumored Star Fox Grand Prix, if real, might be really close to finished so they have the resources to start the early phases of a new project?

If this rumored game is real, I´d find it very weird and unusual that we don´t know if the damn thing even exists, if it´s indeed really close to finished. 

They could´ve definitely said or showed something about it by now if it´s like, at least 80% finished.

Idk they release a lot of games shortly after announcing them. Just last year for example

Mario Tennis announced in Jan, released in June.

Smash was teased in March, formally announced in June and released in Dec.

Pokemon Let's Go was announced in May, released in Nov.

Mario Party was announced in June, released in Oct.



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Apparently there is a little more to the delay, according to Game Informer's senior editor Imran Khan and his sources.
https://mynintendonews.com/2019/01/25/game-informer-senior-editor-tweets-what-hes-heard-regarding-metroid-prime-4/

It looks like Nintendo initially aimed to have multiple teams from different countries work on different aspects on the game, which apparently is not an uncommon practice in AAA development at least. Then, as development was not going where Nintendo wanted it to go to meet their standards, they decided to redo everything under their own internal team under one roof with Retro Studios.

Edit: duplicate phrase in the last sentence.

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Welp, that's one less game I can worry about this year.

In all seriousness, I'm willing to wait as long as necessary if it means Prime 4 will be on par or even better than the first Prime, which probably won't happen considering how legendary that game was, but time will tell I guess.

On an unrelated note, to anyone attached to Miyamoto's "a rushed game is forever bad, a delayed game is eventually good" quote, pls don't; that was what he said when Star Fox Zero got delayed, and I'm pretty sure most of us can agree that a delay didn't automatically turn that game into a masterpiece...



Well that sucks.



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Ultrashroomz said:

Welp, that's one less game I can worry about this year.

In all seriousness, I'm willing to wait as long as necessary if it means Prime 4 will be on par or even better than the first Prime, which probably won't happen considering how legendary that game was, but time will tell I guess.

On an unrelated note, to anyone attached to Miyamoto's "a rushed game is forever bad, a delayed game is eventually good" quote, pls don't; that was what he said when Star Fox Zero got delayed, and I'm pretty sure most of us can agree that a delay didn't automatically turn that game into a masterpiece...

Nah, he said that several years before the Star Fox Zero delay, it's a classic quote. Of course, when Star Fox Zero did get delayed, that's the quote everyone turned to. I know I'm in the minority of people who like that game, but let's be real, it's not exactly a good one.

I do get more BotW vibes from this, though. 1. game has an empty announcement/trailer that's all we have to hold on to for years; 2. "Zelda will not appear at this year's E3" and today's announcement give off quite similar vibes imo, as did the 2017 delay announcement; 3. we're getting remasters of older games to hold us over (WWHD/TPHD back then, MPT HD highly rumoured now). Of course, any parallels the games might have has no real bearing on the quality of the end product, but hey, it's something to make me feel more comfortable about Prime 4's future.

What is probably a better reason to feel safe about it is Retro Studios' track record, though they haven't exactly been known for innovation so I guess it's best to expect just another Prime 1 without much in the way of new ideas.



Ultrashroomz said:

Welp, that's one less game I can worry about this year.

In all seriousness, I'm willing to wait as long as necessary if it means Prime 4 will be on par or even better than the first Prime, which probably won't happen considering how legendary that game was, but time will tell I guess.

On an unrelated note, to anyone attached to Miyamoto's "a rushed game is forever bad, a delayed game is eventually good" quote, pls don't; that was what he said when Star Fox Zero got delayed, and I'm pretty sure most of us can agree that a delay didn't automatically turn that game into a masterpiece...

He never said that during Star Fox Zero's development.

And times have changed since he made that quote. Of course, we have games like Fallout 76, Star Wars Battlefront, Evolve, No Man's Sky, etc. that had fundamental or special feature flaws that affected their reception when they initially released. Yes, patches are a thing, but you still want a fundamentally sound game with enough features to satisfy consumers from the jump during this day and age. Patches can improve a game, but it cannot bring back everyone waiting for the games to be good or functional, especially since there are so many other games awaiting to get people's attention.



aight nvm, I swore he said that when Zero got delayed, lmao.



I didnt expected it in 2019, and i hadnt would be surprised if it wasnt in 2020 as well.
Now is going to take a long while. They have their retro project in development, and also could have a prime trilogy in between to calm the fans, so, they might not have it in full development for a while yet. It might be a 2023, 2024 game, maybe same situation of BotW, but for switch/switch 2
But is good to know that the are pursuing quality above all. I hope it can be like the BotW of metroid.



I wasn't expecting the game to come until 2021 anyway so I'm good. 2019 is already well packed imo.