Nintendo gave fans quite a shock during 2017’s E3 presentation when they teased Metroid Prime 4. However, one of the biggest pieces of information they left out of that announcement was who was working on the game. Of course many had assumed that Retro Studios would be at the helm, considering their history with the series. Though Nintendo was quick to confirm that Retro Studios would not be working on the new Metroid game. But it seems sources have confirmed to Eurogamer that Bandai Namco is the studio behind Metroid Prime 4.
It was discovered that Bandai Namco’s Singapore Studio, was at the helm of Nintendo’s Metroid Prime 4 through a series of job descriptions posted by one of the studio’s workers via Linkedin. The job description was described as a “First Person Shooter/ Adventure Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch”. As you can see this description really only brings one game to mind and that would be Metroid Prime.
Of course, going off just the description of an exclusive first-person shooter for Nintendo Switch is not enough to confirm that the game is Metroid. However, Eurogamer has come out to confirm that multiple of their reliable sources have assured them that the mystery game is indeed Metroid Prime 4.
Also discovered via the Linkedin post was that the same studio is working on a brand new Ridge Racer game exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. This is pretty big news considering the franchise has not had a console released game since 2012.
This is not the first time that Nintendo has teamed up with Bandai Namco on a game. In fact, the two studios have collaborated quite often on a number of different titles. Some of the more notable games they have partnered on together include Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS, Pokken Tournament, Star Fox Assault, and Mario Super Sluggers.
It remains to be seen if this new installment in the Metroid Prime series will vary from Retro Studios past work, given it is in the hands of new developers. Bandai Namco’s Singapore studio is the home to many former LucasArts staff that worked on the ambitious, canceled Star Wars 1313 project. Either way, it seems like the game is in good hands. All that is left to do now is wait for Nintendo to reveal more information about the game. Including a release date, as we still know very little about the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4.