12:45 pm EST, January 25, 2019

‘Metroid Prime 4’ development scrapped in favor of return to Retro Studios

Sometimes, starting back over from scratch is the best thing to do, as is apparently the case for the Metroid Prime 4 development.

Nintendo announced today that the Metroid Prime 4 development was not meeting their quality standards, and is therefore moving the project stateside for developer Retro Studios to take the reigns. This announcement came well after Metroid Prime 4‘s announcement at E3 2017, and breaks a resounding silence surrounding the hotly anticipated title’s development.

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Retro Studios is known for having developed all three of the previous Metroid Prime games. Nintendo had purchased Retro as an in-house development team, and had also entrusted Retro with the development of a couple of other triple-A titles, such as Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 7.

Metroid Prime 4 is a title of pride for Nintendo, with Prime 1 remaining one of the highest reviewed titles of all time, and Prime 2 and 3 following steadfast in the first title’s footsteps. To take the steps needed to get both the quality needed in a Metroid Prime title, along with bringing Retro Studios back into the mix, Nintendo has won over fans’ appeal with this developmental delay.

In the announcement, Senior Managing Executive Officer for Nintendo Shinya Takahashi relates that this delay will test the patience of Metroid Prime fans. At that, the reception seen around the internet has been that this delay is indeed a good thing.

As Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto once aptly stated, “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild faced a similar development struggle, with the game being delayed multiple times in order for it to be developed into the beautiful title that we now know and love. All good things come to those who can wait, and when it comes to the Metroid Prime 4 developement, fans are ready to buckle down and weather the storm.

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