Nintendo gave the world its first look at Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2017, and while its grand unveiling consisted of nothing more than a logo slowly looming into view, it caused an understandable ripple of excitement.
It’s been more than a decade since the release of Metroid Prime 3, the last in a trilogy of games that successfully turned Nintendo’s Metroid games series into a first-person shooter. All three games were, it’s fair to say, fabulous, and a new edition for the Switch would be a more than welcome development.
There were high hopes, then, that E3 2018 would bring us more details about Metroid Prime 4 to mull over. With the expo now long since over, it’s pretty clear that Nintendo isn’t in a hurry to show us anything new.
Perhaps sensing the frustration among fans, Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime has provided a short update to Game Informer (thanks, Nintendo Life).
“This year, with so many games launching effectively between [now] and the first half of next year, we wanted to focus on those games,” Fils-Aime said. “Rest assured, Metroid Prime 4 is still in development and proceeding well.”
That’s good to hear, certainly, but it’s also a quiet indication that we shouldn’t be expecting Metroid Prime any time soon, either: if Nintendo’s focusing on games coming out between now and, say, June 2019, then Prime 4 probably won’t emerge until the autumn of next year at the earliest.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.