Early this year we were told that Metroid Prime 4 has been rebooted and is now being developed at Retro Studios, the team behind the original trilogy, after spending quite a long time in the making at several studios such as Bandai Namco Singapore without reaching an adequate level of quality.
This happened in late January, so it was a given that Retro would’ve required more time to have something to show us — they’re still hiring for the job, from what we’ve learned recently. However, someone was expecting the game to be at least talked about at E3 2019, which has not happened.
Eurogamer asked director Yoshihito Ikebata why, and he replied that he wanted to focus on Luigi’s Mansion, which he is working on now with the cooperation of an external team called Next Level Games (that has worked on previous chapters in the series).
“I shouldn’t say, it’s a little tricky…,” Ikebata said. “To be completely honest, at this E3, I just want people to pay attention to Luigi. If I mention something about Metroid Prime 4, people will focus on that. But when the time comes, I am so ready to talk about it!”
Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 have been missing in action games from the Nintendo Switch portfolio for a while. Bayonetta 3 is still being worked on at Platinum Games so it could release late next year, while for MP4 we expect development times to be much longer.