Bandai Namco is working on Metroid Prime 4 – Rumor
Confirmed by Eurogamer, rumor has it that Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch is being developed right now by Bandai Namco. Fans spotted recently several Linkedin profiles alluding to a secret project the Singapore staff of Bandai Namco was working on.
“Metroid Prime 4 was briefly announced via a logo shown during Nintendo’s E3 2017 broadcast. During a media pre-briefing, journalists asked Nintendo exactly who was behind the game. Nintendo declined to reply, except to say that Retro Studios, which created the original Metroid Prime Trilogy, was not behind the project.
Since then, speculation has been rife over who was working on Metroid Prime 4, but nothing more has been announced about the game since.
It is still relatively early in the game’s development – there’s no suggestion Prime 4 will launch this year (which, perhaps, might just leave room for a port of the Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation to get Switch owners up to speed on the story so far).
In particular, Press-Start noted how Bandai Namco Studios Singapore staff members had not tried very hard to conceal they were working on something exciting.
Looking through their profiles, I saw staff saying they are working on a “secret” game, an “ambitious AAA title”, a “very interesting unannounced project” and a game which will see “more exciting details” announced “soon (or later)!”One staff member in particular, a lead designer, described themselves as working on an “unannounced IP (first person shooter/adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)”. This staff member also listed themselves as overseeing work on an exclusive Ridge Racer 8 for Switch, too – something Eurogamer has yet to also verify.
Namco is, of course, no stranger to working with Nintendo on the latter’s biggest franchises. It developed Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, as well as Pokémon spin-off Pokkén Tournament for Wii U and Switch.”
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