Metroid Prime 4 development restarted at Retro Studios

Metroid Prime 4 development restarted at Retro Studios

The entire development process will be essentially restarted, said Nintendo in an unusual video, with original Prime developer Retro Studios taking charge.

Development on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch has been restarted about a year and a half after the game was first revealed by Nintendo, Nintendo's head of development Shinya Takahashi announced in a video Friday. Please take a look.

Metroid Prime 4 is being rebooted before it's even been released, with development now being handled by Retro Studios, who developed the original Metroid Prime series.

Given the Retro Studios' history with the Metroid Prime series, this is incredibly exciting news as the first three games in the series are considered some of the best of all-time.

Nintendo has never confirmed the studio that was initially working on Metroid Prime 4.

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Takahashi ends on a sobering note, indicating this is the last we'll hear of Metroid Prime 4 for some time.

"The current development status of the game is very challenged and we have made a very hard decision as a development team", Takahashi said in the subtitled video.

In a Twitter thread, Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan described some of the troubles that Metroid Prime 4 had behind the scenes. Takahashi did not give a window for a release date, only saying that "development time will be extensive". "We have made a decision to re-examine the development structure and change it".

"We did not make this decision lightly", Takahashi said. The hiccup will delay the game's launch by what could be a couple of years, pushing the title much later into the Switch's lifespan than Nintendo initially hoped for. Make that, restarting development from the beginning.

Naturally, a change of this magnitude will delay the game's launch.