Nintendo Senior Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, just issued an apology for further Metroid Prime 4 project delays due to a recent reboot of the project.
Rumored to be in development by Bandai Namco since the 2017 announcement, current producer Kensuke Tanabe will now be working Retro Studios instead. Many of the key people that made the original series such a hit are no longer with Retro Studios though, so a lot of questions remain unanswered. However, Nintendo seems committed to ensuring the latest installment doesn’t disappoint.
“The current development process has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series. We have decided to reexamine the development structure itself and change it.”
Shinya admits that such a shift in the project at this stage was a difficult decision, but based on his admittance that “-current development progress has not reached the standard we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” this was clearly the right choice.
While this delay may be a let down to fans, recent rumors suggest that Nintendo may be soon release a port of the Wii hit Metroid Prime: Trilogy for the Nintendo Switch.