Metroid Prime 4 Being Developed by Bandai Namco

Image via Nintendo

Image via Nintendo

According to Eurogamer, sources have confirmed to the outlet that Bandai Namco is the studio behind Metroid Prime 4. Rumours have been swirling around all week following the discovery of several Linkedin profiles alluding to a secret project the Singapore staff of Bandai Namco was working on. This time around Bandai Namco Studios Singapore is the lead studio on the game collaborating with Nintendo. Reading the report directly, however, none of their sources explicitly said the game was Metroid Prime 4 (at least in what they published). Out in the open, this turns out to not be entirely surprising, given that Nintendo and Bandai Namco have partnered together in the past, specifically with Pokken Tournament for Wii U and later the Nintendo Switch. It states that company is working on a first person shooter/adventure, an unannounced IP which would be exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Metroid Prime 4 was announced at E3 a year ago, though no lead developer was revealed, and no gameplay or trailer was shown.

Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2 and Metroid Prime 3 were developed by Retro Studios, a division of Nintendo.

When contacted, a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer it did not comment on rumour or speculation. 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. Bandai Namco won't be able to stray too far from the things we love about Metroid without Nintendo's explicit blessing, and yet straying in deliberate, innovative ways may be just what Nintendo wants given their adventuresome nature on the Switch. The original trilogy was developed by Retro, which most recently made Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.