Metroid Prime 4 For Nintendo Switch Being Developed By Bandai Namco--Report

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Earlier this week we discovered that Bandai Namco is seemingly working on an unannounced first-person shooter exclusive to Nintendo Switch. Now, it appears that FPS is in fact Metroid Prime 4.

Eurogamer states "multiple sources" have confirmed to the site that the exclusive game is indeed Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer also says the game's lead developer is Bandai Namco Studios Singapore--a studio formed in 2013--in collaboration with Nintendo. GameSpot contacted Bandai Namco regarding the report; the company simply stated it had no comment to make at this time.

Metroid Prime 4 was announced at E3 last year, though no lead developer was revealed, and no gameplay or trailer was shown. The only other details we know about the game is that it may not be released in 2018 and that series producer Kensuke Tanabe is overseeing the project. The original trilogy was developed by Retro, which most recently made Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.

During a Bandai Namco earnings briefing in November last year, the company talked about how the it's adding more resources to Switch game development. President Mitsuaki Taguchi said, according to the Wall Street Journal, "It's a shame, but we didn't think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast."

Bandai Namco Singapore's jobs page shows at least five open positions. However, none of the listings say what kind of game the candidate would be working on. The job ads call for people with experience working on AAA games.

One high-profile upcoming Switch release from Bandai Namco is Dark Souls Remastered, which is due out in May. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, along with a better frame rate and improved resolution.

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After three atrocious games by Retro I don't see how Namco can possibly make a worse Prime game, the fact Namco Bandai has some serious talent under their wings makes them a very interesting choice of developer, this could actually make for the first good Metroid Prime game ever. Too bad it's on such awful hardware, so the chances of it looking average and barely passable by the standards of 5 years ago slim to nil, but at least there's a chance it will play well enough to not be literally unplayable like the previous Prime games, so there's at least that slim glimmer of hope.

Still, even at it's potential best it's going to be another dudebro FPS with lots of redundant waiting around during artificial scanning time with probably lots of aimless wandering about with no good direction and repetitive backtracking, as is tradition to the spinoff Prime series thanks to the talentless hacks at Retro who haven't been able to make a playable game in their entire career to date, but hey, at least this one has a chance to be playable control wise, we might even be able to look around AND move around at the same time, just like many old PlayStation games did a generation before the GameCube came out and somehow Retro STILL managed not to implement properly somehow!

So basically at best it'll probably be a bad game with passable controls for what became a standard over 20 years ago, so good on Nintendo for finally giving this spinoff FPS series a chance to move up in the ranks of a genre that other developers reached in the late 90s, kudos for that at least.

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Oh geez!!! They take an awesome franchise and give it to Edward Scissor-Hands to make a mess? Nintendo rather put their own resources towards making cardboard cows with Labo than investing in a classic, REAL game??!!! I think the last game that Bandai Namco actually made that was any good was Ace Combat (the earlier ones). Sure, they published a few alright games, but I definitely wouldn't put a staple franchise in their hands. Hopefully this studio in "collaboration" with Nintendo has actual Nintendo developers involved. Otherwise.... I don't know what they are thinking.

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@Vodoo: Just saying, that skeleton DJ is very cute.

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I will punch a kitten if this is an on-rails shooter

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@moonco: That punch would go to waste on a kitten, better direct your anger towards someone who can appreciate it.

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Why does Samus Aran look like she is steroids?

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@Sindroid: To make the Ridley feel inadequate.

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It's worth noting that Bandai Namco did release a decent exploration-heavy FPP game, Get Even, in 2017. It was a bit lacking in the action department but it proves Namco can do something else than another fighting game.

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Damn. I was hoping for 3rd person.

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Remember their names on dark souls dragon ball fighterz and project Cars all great games. As long as Nintendo keep an eye, and keep a high budget this can still be good

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@rodoxthedark: None of those games are made by Namco, they are published by them, not made by them. I dont think they have any in-house experience with adventure or FPS games.

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@Ha2e: People always doubt first, which i get, but Retro got so much shiz for turning metroid into a first person game, and that turned out well. Then went on to make the best 2D donkey kong games ever made. This new team at Namco Bandai will have Nintendo all over them so i’m not worried.

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@Ha2e: I know they were only published, but I sort of meant Nintendo will be keeping a close eye on things, they can’t afford this to be crap. Namco have put out good stuff that’s all I mean. I’d be more worried at this point if the likes of ea got hold of it

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Well I didn’t expect Retro Studios to return for MP4, but Bandai Namco are certainly not known for their recent ventures.

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Well I don't know what to say. Anyway, I hope this + bayonneta 3 will be good because I'm seriously wondering why I bought a Switch. (wish it was retro studios)

Before people tell me a list of games I don't care about. No, I don't care about Odyssey, I already beat BotW and I'm not a huge zelda fan to begin with so meh, I don't like splatoon, the only game i really wanted on the switch before metroid and bayonetta announcement was Xenoblade 2 and honestly that game was a disappointment I would much rather beat the first game for the 3rd time instead of giving it another chance.

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@dadlm: Admit you bought it because of the hype? I'm a Wii U owner and have had reason to upgrade. I'm holding out for the Switch Slim coming in April 2019.

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@dadlm: You need better taste in games bruv.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I have all the games I want on PC don't worry about my taste. You need a better understanding of different opinion, though.

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@dadlm: No really, why DID you buy a switch?

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@dadlm: lol pc gamer. That says it all.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I'm a gamer in general, I owned every consoles. I just have a strong preference for PC since it offers way more but from your replies I'm just wasting my time on a troll lol have fun dude.

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@dadlm: I'm not sure why you bought a switch either.

It's a great system with a pretty solid line up. But at the end if the day, it's a Nintendo line up, and if you're not interested in that brand of games, it seems like a really poor use of $300.

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@Ohaidere: I do like Nintendo line up but mainly Super Smash, Bayonetta, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Jrpgs like Pokemon or Bravely Default. They do have some good indies for sure but, if it is available on Pc I will simply get it for the later.

There is also Monster hunter that has been on Nintendo platform too, which is a series I enjoy.

Dark souls remastered is tempting to get on the Switch, though.

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@dadlm: by your comment I have no clue why you bought a Switch. You beat BotW even though you hate Zelda. Don’t like Splatoon 2 or interested in Mario. To you Xenoblade 2 was a disappointment. If have all these problems about the games then why did you buy the Switch. The 2 games you want won’t be out for awhile. Metroid 4 at least a year. You may get Bayonneta this year.


I’m guessing you bought the Switch because you wanted to be one of the first to have one. You pretty much knew you were getting Odyssey, Xenoblade 2, Splatoon 2, and the ports. There are a ton of games in the store that are worth $10-$15. If you can’t find a game to play on the switch it’s your fault it collects dust.

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@face76: I bought it for Xenoblade 2 tbh, didn't thought I wasn't going to enjoy it since I've put more than 100 hours on the first one.

I don't hate Zelda but I'm not his biggest fan.

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Considering Namco's track record, this has to be one of the worst possible choices of developers to make a game of this type. They make good fighting games and JRPG's, not much else. The only worse developers would be platinum or team ninja.

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@kreegan64: Exactly my thoughts. Even when Namco made Star Fox for Gamecube it wasnt anything special and they made Ace Combat.

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@Ha2e: Exactly. Nintendo needs to stop giving beloved franchises in the hands of people who wouldn't be able to make a game that lives up to the expectations. That'd be like giving the rights of making an Alien movie to M. Night Shyamalan

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Ninendo can’t create there own studios can they to make this games.

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@playstationzone: they can, but this is their way of allowing third party devs to benefit from their legendary list of IP. An olive branch if you will.

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@playstationzone: Is that supposed to be a rhetorical question?

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@asnakeneverdies: I think it's a kōan.

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@Renunciation: Potayto, potahto.

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Okay. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but I remain excited about it. I would love to see the trilogy be remastered though and put on the Switch. That'd be awesome.

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I have faith. Namco gave me some good childhood memories. Lately? Not so much. But I think this is as good an opportunity as any to return to form. At any rate, with such a high profile franchise, Nintendo won’t be placing that coveted seal on the game until they get it right.

Plus they’re making another RRRIIIIIIIDGE RRRACERRRRRR!!!!! so I’m giving bonus points for that.

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Which is one of the saddest stories on the Internet today. Namco, really?! Why not just, I don't know, hire the team that made the last three?!?!

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Because the team at Retro are busy making another game.

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@doctor_mg: if it's another DK game, I'll fly over to both Texas and Japan to slap everyone at Retro and Nintendo.

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@mechzahnclay: Correct me if I'm wrong but I think most people who were involved with the Metroid Prime series at Retro aren't part of that team anymore.

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@lebanese_boy: true

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No, just no. Namco has a bad history with 3D shooters(Dead to Rights, Breakdown).

Plus if anyone remembers, Nintendo already let Namco take a stab at one of their properties over a decade ago. Star Fox Assault was so bad that Nintendo put it on the shelf for a decade.

It's going to be one of those wait and see games, as this just doesn't sound like something to get day 1 after you find out who developed it.

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@supermariomelee: Technically, they still released Starfox Command for the DS a couple years later, but Assault definitely didn't live up.

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@supermariomelee: Wtf Breakdown is a straight cult classic. Dead To Rights is passable but it isn't horrendous or anything.