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It’s been a while since Metroid Prime 4 was announced for the Switch at E3 2017, which was the last official mention of the game, but most of us figured the game wasn’t too far off. It turns out things weren’t going nearly as smoothly as we expected behind-the-scenes, however, and in a recent video fronted by Nintendo’s Senior Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, we’ve learned that development troubles have essentially rebooted development of the game.

Before, all we knew about the development team was that they were “new”, but it turns out the game so far hasn’t been up to Nintendo’s standards. So, Metroid Prime 4 has been handed back to Retro Studios, who have “restarted” development from scratch.

It sounds like it’ll be a long time before we hear more from Metroid Prime 4, but it’s good to know Nintendo is taking its quality very seriously.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.