Nintendo: Metroid Prime 4 Is ‘Well in Development’ | Gaming News
But Nintendo of American President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime says fans shouldn’t take that as any cause for concern over its development, echoing what he told Tech about Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2018.
“Internally, we have expectations about when [Metroid Prime 4] is going to be released,” Fils-Aime told Mashable in a new interview. “We haven’t announced it, but yeah, the game is well in development.”
If the release window is still so far out following its announcement, many fans have wondered why Nintendo revealed the sequel so early. Fils-Aime admitted this was an exception to the company’s general rule of announcing games closer to their release date, but Metroid Prime 4 isn’t exactly the only exception to that rule.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Fils-Aime also said there’s little incentive for Nintendo to announce a release date now when it could take away attention from its holiday 2018 releases, like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“We do think deeply about the sequencing of our games, but having said that, Nintendo is well-known that if a game isn’t ready, we will push out the development in order to make sure that it is as strong as possible when the game launches,” Fils-Aime said. “During my tenure with Nintendo, we’ve pushed back development a number of times on key games — in the end it’s always worth it. Because our focus on quality is so strong.”
Fils-Aime’s comments are the closest things to Metroid Prime 4 news since E3 in June, where Nintendo of America Senior Product Manager Bill Trinen detailed why the Metroid sequel wasn’t on display at the show.
Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He can’t believe the wait from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption to Metroid Prime 4 has now been three years longer than the wait between Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. Follow him on Twitter.