American subsidiary helms sequel game due to “very challenged” development
Nintendo announced on Friday that it has restarted development of its Metroid Prime 4 Nintendo Switch game at Retro Studios, Nintendo‘s American subsidiary that developed the original Metroid Prime game. Nintendo‘s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi appeared in a video for the announcement.
Takahashi said that the decision was made because “the current development status of the game is very challenged.” He said that the game’s producer Kensuke Tanabe is collaborating with Retro Studios on the game. The studio will “restart development from the beginning,” and Takahashi added that the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan.”
Nintendo announced the game for Nintendo Switch at E3 in 2017.
The original Metroid Prime game launched for GameCube in 2002. The Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube game followed in 2004, and the Metroid Prime 3: Corruption game debuted for Nintendo Wii in 2007. The first two main games in the series also received ports for Nintendo Wii.