If there’s one game for the Nintendo Switch we’ve heard pretty much little about since it was first announced, then it would definitely be Metroid Prime 4. Originally unveiled back at E3 2017 — and catching many people off-guard in the process — Nintendo have gone absolutely silent on anything and everything pertaining to Samus Aran’s fourth outing in the beloved Prime sub-series. But rest assured, development is still underway, according to Nintendo’s own Reggie Fils-Aime.
In an interview with Mashable UK, the president and COO of Nintendo of America stated that the game is “well in development”, even going as far as to proclaim that they “have expectations about when [Metroid Prime 4] is going to be released.” As you may recall, Metroid Prime 4’s presence at E3 last year, alongside the confirmation of a new “core” Pokemon game for the Switch was in development, proved to be a surprising deviation away from Nintendo’s regular modus operandi on revealing upcoming titles little more than six to twelve months away.
But as Reggie himself explains on the matter of announcing the game so early: “there are times for strategic reasons that we believe it’s important to message that a game is coming, we did that years and years ago with Zelda. We were messaging a new Zelda experience back during the days of the Wii U…it really depends on the game, it depends on the type of development that it’s going through, and it depends on how we feel the consumer is going to respond to the particular message.”
Well, no doubt the reception by fans to a new Metroid game (before we even knew of Samus Returns’ existence on the 3DS alongside) was positive to say the least but even with Nintendo’s own fiscal earnings release claiming Metroid Prime 4’s release date is still “TBA”, it’s fairly obvious that the game’s final release is still a way off. Here’s hoping we catch a glimpse of the game in some form at the upcoming Game Awards on December 7.