Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Metroid Prime 4 Announced

All Nintendo had to do was display a big "4" in space to win E3 2017. Metroid Prime 4. That's all we wanted from this E3 and that's all we needed to hear to be happy.

After the debacle with both Federation Force and the shutdown of Another Metroid 2 Remake last year, it's nice to finally get some real Metroid from Nintendo again with both this and a new 2D Metroid for the Nintendo 3DS.

That they're willing to tease a game this early in development already shows, how Nintendo wanted to make it up to the Metroid fans after last year. It's still a shame that we didn't get to see any actual gameplay yet and we might have to be patient until E3 next year.

The shocking news was that Metroid Prime 4 actually isn't developed by Retro Studios. What can happen, if some other team under the direction of Kensuke Tanabe takes over Metroid Prime, has been effectively demonstrated with Federation Force, which had very low sales. I don't want to bash the game all that much, because I still have to play it and it didn't feel that bad from when I tried it, but it's still not what people wanted from Metroid.

On the other hand the Retro Studios that we know and love isn't the same anymore after several key members have left the company. So, even if it still was developed by Retro Studios you would have to be cautiously optimistic. But let's hope for the best, because this is certainly a game that Nintendo doesn't want to screw up. The Metroid Prime Trilogy contains three absolute master pieces and we wouldn't want the sequel to face any drop in quality. Quite the opposite.

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