Metroid Prime 4 Development "Has Restarted" With Retro Studios

Metroid Prime 4 Development "Has Restarted" With Retro Studios

We won't be seeing the game for a long time.

Metroid Prime 4 has been delayed, with Shinya Takahashi, senior managing executive officer on the game, revealing today that development on the game has effectively been restarted.

Takahashi revealed that after looking at Metroid Prime 4, the firm didn't believe it met the standards required of a sequel to one of Nintendo's most loved series. The good news for fans is that the restarted project is now being developed with producer Kensuke Tanabe working in collaboration with Metroid Prime creators, Retro Studios.

The original take on Metroid Prime 4 was announced on June 13, 2017, during Nintendo's E3 showcase video. It was one of the most anticipated Nintendo reveals in recent memory, although we got no more than confirmation the game was in development. Eurogamer reported the game was, surprisingly, in development at Bandai Namco Studios Singapore.

As such, the game has been severely delayed, according to Takahashi. "It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development process," Takahashi continued.

It's now anyone's guess when Metroid Prime 4 could eventually launch. Only one thing's for certain though: it's going to be a long time from now. For more on Metroid Prime 4, including the original details on its development, check out our guide to Metroid Prime 4.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Guides Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

Read this next

All the Metroid Prime 4 Information we Know so Far

Here's all the details we know so far about Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch.

Retro Studios is Hiring Key Positions for Metroid Prime 4

Retro is looking for a Lead Art Director and Character Designer, among other positions.

Metroid Prime 4, Friendly Fraud, and Our Dystopian Present

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Delay to anticipated Nintendo sequel wraps up a week riddled with negative news.

What the Metroid Prime 4 Remake Says About the Now Popular "Logo Reveal"

Logo reveals are a risky gamble, but they've become necessary.

The Games That Are Probably Not Coming Out in 2019

Sorry to be an agent of reality checks.

What We Want From Nintendo in 2019

Nintendo already has a strong 2019 in the works, but that doesn't mean it can't take steps to make it even better.

More News

Final Fantasy 14 May Have Just Been Confirmed for PS5

Will the realm be reborn again on a new console?

Destiny 2's Vex Offensive is Wrapping Up, But the Finale's Underwhelming

The Undying Mind's return left a little to be desired.

More on Switch

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's New "Bleached Form" Corsola Is an Oddly Relaxed Nod to Climate Change

The Pokemon world seems to have different environmental problems than our own.

8 of the Best New Pokemon in Sword and Shield, From Polteageist to Grapploct

Eight of our favorite new monsters from Pokemon Gen 8.

The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees

And Smash Bros. gets some belated acknowledgement.

More Action Games

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.

Best Places for Fishing in Red Dead Online

Fishing can be more profitable than any hold-up, if done right.

In Defense of Cal Kestis, Jedi: Fallen Order's Dorkiest Padawan

There's more to Fallen Order's red-headed Jedi than meets the eye.

We Tested Google Stadia at Dunkin Donuts, Safeway, and Panda Express, And We Were Surprised by the Results

Trying out Google Stadia in the real world is an interesting experience.