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Metroid Prime 4: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer And Everything You Need To Know

It's been over a decade since the last Metroid Prime game released. One of Nintendo's longest-running franchises, they announced a fourth entry to this sub-series back at E3 2017. Having seen a shaky development, we've heard very little so far.

Not many details are currently available, though a Nintendo Direct presentation arrives on September 23rd, which could bring new info. However, given that Metroid Dread is close to launching, we wouldn't count on it. In the meantime, here's what we know about Metroid Prime 4.

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Nintendo Confirms They're Working Hard On Metroid Prime 4 - June 16, 2021

While Nintendo's E3 2021 conference offered Metroid Dread's reveal, they advised that Retro Studios are "working hard" on Metroid Prime 4. As told by Shinya Takahashi, he confirmed:

Currently, we're working hard on the latest game in the Metroid Prime series, Metroid Prime 4, which we previously announced.
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Xbox Planned On Metroid Prime 4 Releasing Holiday 2020 - May 5, 2021

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Nintendo Have Nothing To Share About Metroid Prime 4 - December 17, 2020

Polygon recently interviewed Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's President, about in-development games and whether they plan to share anything soon. Doug Bowser said the following:

You’ve followed Nintendo long enough to know that as we progress on any title, and we deem it’s the right moment, we will share with the community where we are in the development. At this point, though, I have nothing more that I can share on those titles.

Retro Studios Is Still Staffing up - December 15, 2020

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According to a tweet from developer Retro Studios, the team are looking for a Boss/AI designer to help with Metroid Prime 4. So, if you were expecting an announcement soon, you'll likely be disappointed.

Release Date

Right now, we have no idea when Metroid Prime 4 is launching. Although fans are hoping for a 2022 release, we doubt this'll be the case. Back in 2019, Nintendo revealed the game was undergoing a complete do-over.

Stating they weren't happy with development progress, they scrapped it and started over, passing duties to Retro Studios once more. A new announcement may arrive soon, but with the Metroid Prime Trilogy potentially being remastered, that release date might not come soon.

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Trailer

Back during E3 2017, Nintendo gave us a first brief look but sadly, we've not had anything since then.

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Developers 

After Nintendo removed the previous development team, Retro Studios are leading this project. Having worked on the previous Metroid Prime games - later moving onto Donkey Kong Country Returns - many fans celebrated this news.

Since then. Retro have hired a number of VFX artists, including Adad Morales (Battlefield Hardline), Bryan Erck (Shadow of the Tomb Raider), and Nicholas Wilson (Borderlands 3). Jon Marcella joined as an environment designer, while Bharathwaj ‘Bat’ Nandakumar is working as a lead engineer.

Gameplay

Right now, we don't have any specific gameplay details, as the previous trailer only confirmed the game was in development. However, as a direct Metroid Prime sequel, we'd expect it to retain that same first-person action-adventure gameplay, one that focuses on exploration over combat.

When Does Nintendo Direct Start?

That airs on September 23rd, 2021, starting at 3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm BST / Midnight CEST. You can watch it below.