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Update on Metroid Prime 4: Development restart. Retro Studios + Tanabe now working on it

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mZuzek said:
I still think whoever was expecting Prime 4 information at the Game Awards was heavily misguided. It was just never gonna happen, not on the eve of one of Nintendo's biggest ever releases. There's no way they'd decide to shift attention to another game at a time like that.

Looking back at that rumor, I agree with you. It's usually not Nintendo's MO to overshadow their biggest release (especially since it was releasing mere HOURS away) with one other one that will come in the future.



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super_etecoon said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Just checked. The reports that Retro Studios was a bad place of management came not from LinkedIn, but from GlassDoor, which are completely different sites in terms of reliability. I could probably make a GlassDoor account if I wanted, lie about Retro entirely, and it would never go down.

In fact, one of the reviews used for journalists to "report" on Retro's possible mismanagement even goes as far as to say that "half the team is expecting Nintendo to shut it down", even though the month after this was reported Nintendo confirmed that Retro was still hiring. How do those two ideas gel together? Now to be fair, that GlassDoor review came from May 14th, and the Retro hiring was reported on in August. But you have to assume that beyond the reporting, for those that were actually on the scene, the fate of the company couldn't have changed in such little time. Especially because they were probably hiring the entire time.

It sounds incredibly fishy.

And again...as I mentioned in a previous post, Nintendo knows more than we know about Retro's last 5 years.  They evidently still have tremendous faith in this developer or they wouldn't take this PR disaster and name Retro their savior.  That would be like doubling down on a bad mistake.  At some point in time we have to start trusting Nintendo's actions and less the rumored disgruntled employee who may have some personal beef with the company.

At this point no one in this thread will be right or wrong about any of these statements.  It's all conjecture.  The date of release, Retro's current state of affairs, whether this game will be on Switch or Switch 2 or both.  The only thing we know for certain is that Nintendo just gave the smackdown to some unknown (to us) developer and told them to stop messing with an IP they obviously value very much.  I've been hoping Retro would be involved in this project since it was announced and whether by accident or design that's exactly where we are right now and I couldn't be happier...I mean, all things considered.  

After Federation Flop this shouldn't surprise anyone. As for Retro, I'm surprised Tanabe is producing this with them. They were rumored to not be on good terms and they supposedly asked for more autonomy (which likely played a part in everything else that was rumored there). 



IIRC Retro has been working on a new game since the Wii U days. So we might get that in 2020 and Metriod in 2023.



If Nintendo scrapped years of work just to get it right... I think with the right guidance we will see greatness. I would also love to see local and online multiplayer as well... and if there must be cutscenes, let them be steamy moments with Samus!



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mZuzek said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Will this ultimately accumulate to an entry which is "more of the same, but in HD" and doesn't take risks with the Prime formula?

To be fair I already had this concern from the moment the game was announced. There's so much to improve upon the established Prime formula, they could make a truly mindblowing game if they took risks and tried doing something new, but it's far easier to just lean on the past and make a "bigger and better" Prime 1. I think it's only reasonable to expect the latter, but hey, if it turns out as good as the original I guess I won't have much to complain about... I just wish they have the boldness to go beyond.

Metroid Prime Federation Force 2 !



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Mar1217 said:
mZuzek said:

To be fair I already had this concern from the moment the game was announced. There's so much to improve upon the established Prime formula, they could make a truly mindblowing game if they took risks and tried doing something new, but it's far easier to just lean on the past and make a "bigger and better" Prime 1. I think it's only reasonable to expect the latter, but hey, if it turns out as good as the original I guess I won't have much to complain about... I just wish they have the boldness to go beyond.

Metroid Prime Federation Force 2 !

I'm going to sleep now.



Pretty happy about this, feel more confident seeing Prime go back to one of my favorite developers.



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That sucks but I super appreciate Nintendo letting us know what's going on. I'm also happy that Retro's doing it now, tbh I kind of don't trust Japanese dev's with Metroid...

Kresnik said:
couchmonkey said: 
Oh snap! In my opinion, Nintendo really shouldn’t have announced the game so early, Switch was already selling great. 2017 me would slap me for asking this, but I wonder if Retro is still up to the task? It’s been like a decade since the last one. Still more faith than putting it in some brand new hands.

It is slightly odd. This announcement felt very much like Nintendo in 2013 Wii-U mode where they announced a load of stuff that was years away like Xenoblade and Zelda. Not sure why they felt the need to do that! But to be fair, Sony has done it plenty too despite leading the pack for years.

I think the scenario was, that if they didn't, people were gonna be pissed that a Metroid game was announced for the 3DS but not the Switch. They didn't want another Federation Force like reaction that'd cause Samus Returns, to bomb.



Disappointing but if they feel the game was not up to par then so be it.

better to make that decision and tell the fans then release a crap game.



 

 

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