I think we all understand the basic situation, but in brief, Retro's last game was 5 years ago. Presumably, they haven't spent the whole last half decade performing epic staring contests and sharpening their practical joke skills. They've got to work on something new. Metroid Prime 4 went to another developer because, presumably, Retro was busy on something else or just wasn't interested. Fast forward 18 months later and Retro still hasn't released a game, but are suddenly able to take up their biggest challenge in over a decade. What does this mean?
To add on top of it, there have been rumors of a Star Fox racing game, rumors of development difficulty and possibly cancelled original IPs, and rumors of employee disenchantment and a leadership vacuum. Again, though, it's hard to square Retro being a studio in chaos and unable to produce anything with Nintendo trusting them with Metroid Prime. The weird thing though, is that this is precisely the story of how the first Metroid Prime game was created back in 2002. I believe three games were cancelled and a large amount of the staff dismissed because of production difficulties and everything was put into Metroid Prime. If anyone was following games back then, you'll know how incredulous we all were about this failing studio who couldn't do anything being able to pull off a Metroid game, and in 1st person perspective no less. I have no difficulty admitting, I was among those scoffing.
The thing is, though, Tropical Freeze was an exceptionally polished game (and probably the game whose reputation has benefited most from a Switch port). Granted it was a 2D platformer, but the studio still had its fastball for putting out quality not long ago.
The first possible explanation would probably be the happiest. Retro's finishing up work on their latest game and we're just waiting for the big reveal and release sometime this year.
Another possibility is that they are continuing to work on whatever game(s) are in the pipeline and shifting talent around.
The final possibility is that Retro has wasted the last five years, had their project cancelled by Nintendo, and are being given one last chance with Metroid Prime 4.
Or they could be working on multiple projects and it can be any combination of the three. In either case, what are your thoughts?Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 25 January 2019