Shinya Takahashi, the development boss over at Nintendo, revealed that the company is gutting all development on Metroid Prime 4, and starting from scratch with Retro Studios taking over.
The Austin-based developed is known for their work on the Metroid Prime subseries of games made fameous during the GameCube era, as well as Donkey Kong Country.
Metroid Prime 4 was revealed in June 2017, and since then has had no updates made available. We do know that development was being lead by Kensuke Tanabe, who was a producer on the Prime series, and was leading a “talented new development team” on this project.
“The current development status of the game is very challenged and we have made a very difficult decision as a development team,” Takahashi said in the subtitled video. “We have decided to reexamine the development structure and change it.”
“This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan,” Takahashi pressed on. “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development time will be extensive.”