The reveal of Metroid Prime: Federation Force has caused some surprising ire online, with the E3 trailer roundly “disliked” on YouTube and even a Change.org petition to cancel the game that’s currently reached more than 20,000 signatures.
Speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé told Stephen Totilo that fans shouldn’t assume the existence of Federation Force, a four-player co-op first-person shooter set in the Metroid Prime universe, means that the company has forgotten about delivering a traditional entry in the series down the line.
“Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game,” Fils-Aimé told Totilo. “We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like [E3] and let them play it versus what other companies do, which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years. It’s just not the way we do things. We know the community wants to see a straight-up Metroid game. We know it.”
Fils-Aimé said that while Federation Force may not be a traditional Metroid experience, Nintendo has great confidence in the game, developed by Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Super Mario Strikers studio Next Level Games.
“We know what our fans want,” Fils-Aimé told Totilo. “We will also push the envelope in developing something that we know is high-quality and that we know will deliver in the marketplace.”
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is currently scheduled for a 2016 release on the 3DS. If you’re interested in checking out the reveal trailer that’s caused all the drama, it’s embedded below.