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, but we've heard very little so far. Having seen a shaky development, here's what we know about Metroid Prime 4.
Xbox Planned On Metroid Prime 4 Releasing Holiday 2020 - May 5, 2021
New documents from the Epic v. Apple trial showed that Microsoft believed Metroid Prime 4's release date would be holiday 2020, alongside Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's sequel and Bayonetta 3, Shin Megami Tensei V. Find out more here.
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
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.
Right now, we have no idea when Metroid Prime 4 is launching. Although fans are hoping for a 2021 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.
Back during E3 2017, Nintendo gave us a first brief look but sadly, we've not had anything since then.
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.
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's E3 Conference Start?
That begins at 9am PDT / Noon ET / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST on June 15. You can watch it below.