When is the official release date for Metroid Prime 4? Nintendo Switch users have gone way past the phase of waiting for the much-expected Metroid Prime 4. It may seem the hype and excitement for the release of the game might have died down and players by now would be just trying out other Switch games. But there is still plenty of hope and desire among players to see the game on their Switch consoles. Four years since the announcement of the Metroid Prime 4 back in 2017, Nintendo has even released Metroid Dread just over two weeks ago, featuring protagonist Samus Aran, on 8th October 2021.
Metroid Prime 4 is a first-person adventure in development for Nintendo Switch. It will be the 4th main installment in the Prime series. The announcement for Metroid Prime came about ten years after the third entry, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was available. The 2017 teaser trailer of the game was short and did not reveal any clue about the gameplay or plot. It just displayed the name of the game with what seemed to be a mystifying blue cloudy atmosphere at the start. 2019 saw Metroid Prime 4’s development being scrapped and restarted. Check out everything that is currently known about Metroid Prime 4’s official release date.
Metroid Prime 4: When is the Official Release Date?
This may turn out to be rather disappointing but the release date for Metroid Prime 4 is just as uncertain at this point as it was when it was announced as being in development in 2017. Sadly, Nintendo has not even revealed a tentative release date for the game. This makes one wonder about the development progress of the game. One good news about the game is that when the restart of the project was announced in 2019, the return of Retro Studios was also revealed. Retro Studios would be taking charge of the project and working alongside the producer of the Prime series, Kensuke Tanabe.
It was during the E3 2017 that Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4. At the time, it was also stated that Retro Studios would not be in on this project. Retro Studios had developed the previous Prime games. Since 2017, there had been only a few updates about the game’s progress. Then, the general manager of Nintendo’s Development Division, Shinya Takahashi made a statement in a development update video on 25th January 2019. He stated that the game was not meeting Nintendo’s standards and that the project was scrapped and was being restarted with Retro Studios back on the project. This announcement had an impact on Nintendo’s share prices too as they fell down by 2.8% in the following week.
Takahashi also added that it would be a long road until the next time they would update players on the development progress. He stated that the development time would be extensive. This indicates that it will be indeed a couple of years at least until we can see Metroid Prime 4 on Switch. The only thing that can be confidently said as regards the gameplay is that it will be a first-person shooter. There are no hints or clues about the plot. One more promising thing that has surfaced since Retro Studios has returned on board is that they are recruiting some top-class industry talent. These individuals include some who have previously worked on big projects like God of War, Halo, Borderlands 3, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Grand Theft Auto.
At the E3 2021, Shinya Takahashi introduced another highly anticipated title, Metroid Dread. MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD are the developers of this action-adventure game. Like the earlier 2D Metroid games, this one has side-scrolling gameplay. The story takes place after the events in Fusion. Samus Aran sets off to a distant planet for investigation on behalf of the Galactic Federation. She is on the search for the remnants of the deadly X alien parasite. The X parasite can mimic any creature it infects. Metroid Dread is available on Nintendo Switch although it is being emulated on PCs in just two weeks of the game coming out.