Metroid Prime 4 was announced with little more than a logo at E3 2017, surprising fans after years of hoping and praying that Nintendo would continue the series that radically shook up what the Metroid series was.
"Specifically, the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which we understand is lead studio on the game in collaboration with Nintendo", Eurogamer said.
Needless to say, all of this remains in the realm of rumor and speculation until we get an official confirmation from Nintendo or from Bandai Namco.
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Of course, now that we have some firmer footing and we know that Bandai Namco is indeed working on Metroid, we're suddenly paying much closer attention to the other rumors which surrounded this one.
Since the announcement of this project, Nintendo has confirmed that Retro Studios will not be handling the development of this new Metroid title. We were, for example, discussing a Nintendo Switch exclusive Ridge Racer along with this Metroid project due to some of those LinkedIn posts. GameSpot contacted Bandai Namco regarding the report; the company simply stated it had no comment to make at this time. The game is being developed by Bandai Namco Singapore, which is the lead studio on the project. During a media pre-briefing, journalists asked Nintendo exactly who was behind the game.
For the uninitiated, the Metroid trilogy had you in the role of bounty hunter Samus Aran who was tasked with exploring varied, alien landscapes, battling space pirates, and solving puzzles along the way.