While Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation gave players a closer look at several anticipated Nintendo Switch games, one title fans were hoping to hear more about was absent: Metroid Prime 4. While the company confirmed the game is still in development, it seems there isn’t anything to show yet.
In an interview with Game Informer, Nintendo’s Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff explained that Metroid Prime 4 wasn’t included in the E3 showcase because there hasn’t been enough progress on it to provide an update. “I think the main thing is, as people have probably realized by now, we show things when we think we’re ready to show them,” Trinen said. “And when we think we’re ready to show Metroid Prime, we’ll show Metroid Prime.”
While it might sound odd that a game that was announced a year ago doesn’t have any gameplay footage to share, Trinen said the new Metroid title was always planned to be released a few years after the Switch hit the market.
Last year was the first year for Switch at E3, so we took a bit of a departure from our usual approach to E3, which is to focus on more near-term stuff. Last year, because it was the first year for the hardware, we looked at things that were maybe a little further out. This year, you can see pretty clearly, we’re back to focusing on the near-term. We’ll have more to share with Metroid Prime 4 when we have something we think is going to wow people.
This news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to fans, though, as a previous earnings report from Nintendo listed Metroid Prime 4 for release in 2019 or later. Since then, the only major update came from multiple sources that revealed Bandai Namco Singapore would developing the game.
While it will likely be awhile before gameplay or a full-length trailer is shown for Samus’ next journey, Switch owners will have plenty of games to enjoy later this year. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will arrive this November, while Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will hit shelves in early December.
Source: Game Informer