Metroid Prime 4 Is ‘Well Into Development’

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Here’s some good news for all the long-suffering Metroid fans out there; Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé has only gone and given an update on Metroid Prime 4.

During a recent chat with Mashable, Mr My Body Is Reggie himself was discussing Nintendo’s approach to its release schedule, revealing that the company does have an estimated release date for Prime 4… but it’s currently an internal expectation and not something Reggie can share with us just yet. The tease.

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He explained:

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.

All we’ve seen of Metroid Prime 4 so far is a logo flash up on screen during E3 2017, alongside the news that the game was “in development” – so the fact the game is now apparently “well in development” can only be called progress. 

Reggie went on to say that Nintendo does like to try and keep the wait between reveal and release as short as possible for the fans, but this doesn’t always work out. The five thousand years we waited for Breath of The Wild certainly springs to mind.

He told Mashable:

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.

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It’s doubtful that we’ll be seeing Metroid Prime 4 arrive on Switch before 2020, but here’s hoping Nintendo can tide us fans over with a proper reveal trailer at next year’s E3.


Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.