There have been many rumours over the past few years regarding Metroid Prime 4, and none of them has come to fruition. From making an appearance at E3 to a Metroid Prime Trilogy HD port for the Switch, we haven’t gotten anything regarding the Bounty Hunter Samus Aran.
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This year, however, could be different, as it is Metroid’s 35th Anniversary. With E3 officially announced as an online event, we could see some sort of Metroid presence during the event.
While Metroid isn’t quite as popular as other Nintendo properties, such as Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda, which are celebrating its 25th and 35th Anniversary this year, respectively, it still has quite a dedicate fanbase that Nintendo can’t exactly ignore.
Metroid Prime 4 first showed up during E3 2017 in the form of only a logo and an announcement that it was in development. No footage or any additional details about the game was shown besides the 43 second clip of the logo.
Despite this, it was still considered to be one of the highlights of the Nintendo Direct. Some would even say that it was an important moment out of everything in E3 that year.
It’s easy to see why: after the success of Metroid Prime, which is now regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, the two sequels (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption) was never able to match its predecessor.
They aren’t bad games by any account; in fact, they’re still games that were critically well received, but neither reached the same level of sales as the first Prime game.
Afterwards, Metroid: Other M, a game not part of the Prime series, was released to lukewarm reception. That, alongside with the not-so-welcomed Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the Metroid series saw turbulent times.
Other than Metroid: Samus Return (a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus), fans have not gotten a good game since Other M in 2010 or an amazing game since Corruption in 2007. It’ll be many long years before Metroid Prime 4 is announced, which is why fans are so excited for this new entry to the series.
However, after its reveal in E3 2017, there was radio silence from Nintendo. It wasn’t until January of 2019 was there finally an update on the game: it had restarted development from scratch, being given to Retro Studios, the developer of the original Prime trilogy.
Since then, there has been nothing, but with this year being Metroid’s 35th Anniversary, we can be a little optimistic that Nintendo will give Samus Aran some much needed spotlight.
While an update on Metroid Prime 4 is not very likely (but not impossible) this year at E3, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities of an Metroid Prime Trilogy HD for the Nintendo Switch to keep us occupied until they’re ready to show up the fourth entry to the Prime series.
Of course, this is all speculation. Even a supposed leak showing that a Prime Trilogy was releasing on June 19, 2020 had more evidence, it never came to fruition. The prediction of any Metroid presence at E3 hinges purely on the year being the series’ 35th Anniversary.
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