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​Nintendo Scraps 'Metroid Prime 4' Development, Restarts With Original Devs

​Nintendo Scraps 'Metroid Prime 4' Development, Restarts With Original Devs

It's no secret that Metroid Prime 4 development has been a slow one. But in an announcement today, Nintendo revealed that the game will be going back to the drawing board - to "restart development from the beginning" - because it doesn't currently meet the standards that the company expects.

Nintendo says that it "did not make this decision lightly," but essentially scrapping the game means that its long-awaited release will be pushed back even further. How long? This is currently unclear.

But Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer at Nintendo, noted how Prime 4 will no longer follow the company's internal plan - a 2019/2020 launch. So the earliest you'll see the fourth Prime instalment is 2021 (though, it could be longer).

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"Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis," Takahashi explained. "If we're not satisfied with the quality, we aren't able to deliver it to our customers with confidence, and the game will not live up to our fans' expectations.

"From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure itself and change it."

But that's the bad news out of the way. The good news is that, to complete and launch Metroid Prime 4 to Nintendo's high standards, the Japanese company will partner with the Prime series' original developers.

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That's the American company, Retro Studios. Since its last Metroid release, Metroid Prime: Trilogy, released in 2009 for the Wii, the studio has worked on Donkey Kong Country Returns, Mario Kart 7, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

Back when Prime 4 was announced at E3 2017, Metroid fans were surprised to discover that Retro wasn't on board. Instead, Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen revealed that a "talented new development team" would take care of the project. Well, that worked well.

"It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress," Takahashi continued. "Development time will be extensive". Ah well. Prime Trilogy replay, anyone?

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What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Metroid Prime 4? Are you surprised at its delay? Let us know.

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Topics: Entertainment, Nintendo, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.