Metroid fans are no stranger to the waiting game. Ever since the 2017 E3 reveal of a Metroid Prime 4 Nintendo has kept things pretty radio silent. However, a new interview with Reggie Fils-Aime suggests that the company has a Metroid Prime 4 release date they are considering.
The interview conducted by Mashable covers a wide array of topics with Nintendo from the upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate to the work/life balance that the company is proud of. The interview gets interesting when Reggie brings up the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 which the company has been very quiet about.
“Internally, we have expectations about when (Metroid Prime 4) is going to be released. We haven’t announced it, but yeah, the game is well in development.”
As you probably gathered from that quote, Nintendo is keeping pretty hush about when that release date is. Though the phrase ‘well in development’ gives a lot of hope that the game is very far along. If that’s so it’s very likely we could get a new trailer and maybe an announcement of that release window very soon. Maybe as soon as The Game Awards? (Merely speculation and dreaming of course, but not impossible.)
What is very interesting about Nintendo’s approach to not giving us a definitive release date is answered by Fils-Aime in the interview. He explains that Nintendo likes to keep a very short amount of time between the game announcement and the release. He does say that there are exceptions when they want the fan base to know that the game is being worked on and to not worry.
“Typically six months to maybe a year out is what we like to do, but there are times for strategic reasons that we believe it’s important to message that a game is coming. We did that years and years ago with Zelda. We were messaging a new Zelda experience back during the days of the Wii U… It really depends on the game, it depends on the type of development that it’s going through, and it depends on how we feel the consumer is going to respond to the particular message.”
Nintendo may be sending a positive message to the game industry with this strategy. The recent plague of crunch among popular game developers has really left a sour taste in many consumers mouths as of late. It’s never good to hear that peoples personal lives and mental health are sacrificed for the goal of hitting a release date. And it looks like Nintendo is concerned with that too.
“Our company really has a strong commitment to that work/life balance. Certainly I can speak to it from a Nintendo of America perspective, we’re not involved in the development of our content — ours is a sales, marketing, distribution company — but certainly our mentality is that we will balance the workload, we will make sure that we deliver our results, but we do it in a way that really respects the employee.”
So when Metroid Prime 4 does finally come out we can rest assured that there was probably no crunch. That knowledge in itself is worth every bit of the wait.