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This is bad because we want see MP4 any time soon,
on other hand I am glad because this means game will be better than it would be if they continued with current state of game.



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Oh boy! While I was watching the video (I have the Nintendo of America notifications activated on twitter and I saw it from there) and Takahashi said that the development was having a lot of difficulties, I was afraid of the worst and I thought that they were going to announce the cancellation of the game xD

On the positive side, I'm glad to know that they give Metroid Prime 4 the importance it deserves and that they want to be sure that it has the Metroid Prime series standards.



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h2ohno said:
As Miyamoto said, a delayed game is is eventually good (if the proper effort is put into it), while a rushed game is bad forever.  

Not blaming you specifically, but this quote gets brought up a lot and it's not really true in the day of heavy patches. Of course, it's always preferable to have a game launch in a better state than have to fix it after launch.

Also, Miyamoto's last game was delayed but still pretty ehh :P



Oh WOW, was not expecting to read this when I checked the site today lmao.... so many different thoughts about this

1) People were already wondering about if Metroid Prime 4 was gonna be a 2019 or 2020 title, but now this probably pushes it to 2021 at earliest, maybe even 2022.

2) What on earth could have happened during development or what state was the game in that was so bad that a COMPLETE restart was needed? I know the rumor was that it was Bandai Namco Singapore or whatever but damn

3) The fact that Retro Studios is working on this now leads me to believe that whatever project they have been working on for the past few years (the rumored Star Fox Grand Prix) is finally close to release thus giving them time to do this now so FUCKING SHOW IT TO ME ALREADY pls.

4) Props to Nintendo for making the right call here, even if it means it will be a few more years longer now before it's released, but it should be worth it in the end. Insert Miyamoto delayed game quote here. 



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It's good news that Nintendo clearly know it also.



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Pavolink said:

Btw, what could cause a development reboot? I find that decision pretty drastic.

If it was just graphics, they could focus on it, but this sounds more than that. Bad fundamentals of the game? Engine not working? Full of bugs?

Bolded, as that's what I got from the video. And yeah, if the fundament is shit, don't try to built something on top of it as it can only become shit, too



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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.

It was announced early for the same reason that Fire Emblem: Three Houses was announced early: A new 3DS game was announced at the same time, so it was reassurance on Nintendo's part that their priority is on Switch by putting the bigger and more important game on their new console.



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I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to know about a gaming situation more desperately than this.

I’m aching to know what Retro has been doing for five years, and what went wrong with Metroid Prime 4.



Nogamez said:
So.what has retro been doing last 5 years?

Well, the big rumour/'leak' last year was that a Star Fox racing game was in development and potentially scheduled for 2019. Kotaku ran the most detailed report, which suggested a second project had been in development for even longer - but that this second project also enountered severe difficulties and likely would be cancelled.

Given Retro weren't given Prime 4 in the first instance, I can only assume that in 2017, Retro Studios were unavailable for Metroid Prime 4 development duty - suggesting they had at least one project on the go. It's highly likely that Retro have spent at least some of the last five years working on a project which has been cancelled, as rumours and reports suggested in late spring/early summer last year. Rumours suggest we've got one of two scenarios:

1) At least one major project (Star Fox GP or the unnamed title) at Retro was cancelled last year, leaving them free to take over Metroid Prime 4 development.

2) Star Fox GP is nearly finished, the second project was either cancelled early in 2018 or never existed, and now they are taking on Prime 4 development.



Asriel said:
Nogamez said:
So.what has retro been doing last 5 years?

Well, the big rumour/'leak' last year was that a Star Fox racing game was in development and potentially scheduled for 2019. Kotaku ran the most detailed report, which suggested a second project had been in development for even longer - but that this second project also enountered severe difficulties and likely would be cancelled.

Given Retro weren't given Prime 4 in the first instance, I can only assume that in 2017, Retro Studios were unavailable for Metroid Prime 4 development duty - suggesting they had at least one project on the go. It's highly likely that Retro have spent at least some of the last five years working on a project which has been cancelled, as rumours and reports suggested in late spring/early summer last year. Rumours suggest we've got one of two scenarios:

1) At least one major project (Star Fox GP or the unnamed title) at Retro was cancelled last year, leaving them free to take over Metroid Prime 4 development.

2) Star Fox GP is nearly finished, the second project was either cancelled early in 2018 or never existed, and now they are taking on Prime 4 development.

I think the second one is the right scenarios. Btw it'sad to hear so bad news, but i'm also glad to see Nintendo doing this, they preferred to inform us than keep it secret



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