February 18, 2019

Bandai Namco Working on Metroid Prime 4, Sources Confirm

09 February 2018, 05:58 | Dale Webster

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Development of this latest installment in the beloved Metroid Prime series will be a partnership between the Bandai Namco team and Nintendo's in-house developers.

After years of Nintendo dancing around fans' pleas for a new Metroid game, the studio finally made a decision to drop a humble reveal for one of the most anticipated games of the last ten years right in the middle of their E3 2017 showcase.

We recently reported on the rumors about Metroid Prime 4 possibly being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore and "multiple sources" have confirmed its accuracy according to a new report from Eurogamer. This was all lumped together in the post that outlined the first-person shooter that we now know to be Metroid Prime 4. They have robust credits developing and publishing many popular franchises, including the Tales games, Ace Combat, .hack// games, Soul Caliber, Xenosaga, Tekken, Dark Souls, and I could keep going on.

The Eurogamer report also mentions that development for Metroid Prime 4 is still in its early days, and that its release shouldn't be expected anytime this year. Rumours began appearing on forums like Resetera and were then widely reported elsewhere. Again, some high-profile talent who worked on the ambitious (but cancelled) Star Wars 1313 project, among other triple-A games, are now reportedly part of BN Singapore.

"Specifically, the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which we understand is lead studio on the game in collaboration with Nintendo", Eurogamer said.

The same profile also states that Ridge Racer 8, a "drift based high speed auto racing game" is in production and will also by exclusive to Switch. The developers were the ones behind Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U and Pokken Tournament and Pokken Tournament DX for Wii U and Nintendo Switch.

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