Metroid Prime 4 Confirmed for Nintendo Switch.
Won't be developed by Retro Studios; Kensuke Tanabe still on as producer.
Posted on 2017-06-13 by CiaoCiao

Easily the biggest surprise of Nintendo's E3 conference was the announcement trailer for the long-awaited fourth installment in their Metroid Prime series. Not much was talked about beyond the initial teaser, but Nintendo did provide a press kit fact sheet shortly after their conference. To summarize:

Metroid Prime 4 introduces a new story which ties together the events of the Metroid Prime universe and takes the story in new directions. As one would expect, Prime 4 will be a first-person adventure game focused on action, isolation, and exploration.

Unlike previous installments, Metroid Prime 4 will not be developed by Retro Studios. This has obviously upset a few fans. To give my own two cents, I myself am conflicted on this news. Retro Studios is one of the best developers that Nintendo owns and their expertise is part of what made the original Prime trilogy amazing. It will be difficult for other studios to match Retro's craftsmanship of level and gameplay design, but I have faith in whichever development team series producer Kensuke Tanabe has formed. The reason why I'm not completely distraught by this news is because I personally wanted to see Retro Studios tackle a different or even new IP. Plus, at the very least, we are getting two different games instead of just one: Metroid Prime 4 and a new Retro Studios project.