Some former staff of the studio even worked on the infamous Star Wars 1313 game
Rumors have emerged this week that the upcoming Metroid Prime 4 game will be developed by Bandai Namco based on a job listing which was reported by many people, alongside of Nintendo Life and VG247. The job listing was for “Projects – Unannounced IP (First Person Shooter/Adventure Exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)” clearly indicating the project being Metroid Prime 4. Other games also being listed are Ace Combat 7 for PS4 and PS4 VR and Ridge Racer 8, which will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch. Something that is in itself quite a nice leak reveal because I personally liked the Ridge Racer series and I am looking forward for it on the Nintendo Switch.
So who is working on Metroid exactly?
As Eurogamer confirms today their inside sources all point to Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which is supposed to be the lead studio in collaboration with Nintendo. Retro studios, which was behind the previous entries in the Metroid Prime series, was confirmed by Nintendo in an E3 2017 pre-briefing, is not developing Metroid Prime 4. What’s interesting about the info that Bandai Namco Singapore is developing the game, is the fact that in this studio also some former developers of LucasArts Singapore are active right now. LucasArts Singapore was involved with the infamous cancelled Star Wars 1313 game, which many fans had a lot of hope for, but sadly was cancelled before any gameplay made it to the public.
When can we expect to see more official info?
Well your guess is as good as mine. All I can hope for is another E3 close Nintendo Direct that will reveal more about Metroid Prime 4 than what we have seen so far. The only thing that’s officially out right now is the logo and a short reveal trailer.