Metroid Prime 4 has had an extremely turbulent development, and it’s not over yet. Retro Studios, the development company behind the Metroid Prime franchise, is apparently looking for people to join their team to work on Metroid Prime 4.
We had hope that we’d see Metroid Prime 4 release on the Switch this year, but a recent Retro Studios’ tweet has all but crushed those hopes. The development house is looking for a Tools Engineer and a Technology Engineer to join them on their team, and the Prime 4 project is actually mentioned.
We are looking for a 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝗹𝘀 𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿 and a 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗿 to join us on our journey to develop Metroid Prime 4!#GameJobs #GameDev #GameDevJobshttps://t.co/NWVPLGvVVc pic.twitter.com/Kz7pGFEDDZ
— Retro Studios (@RetroStudios) January 27, 2022
Announced in 2017, Prime 4 was scrapped and restarted again in 2019. At the time, Nintendo halted the development of Samus’s fourth Prime adventure, at that time with Bandai Namco Studios, citing that the game had not met Nintendo’s high standards for a Prime game. Nintendo then moved development to Retro, the developer behind the original Metroid Prime trilogy.
What all is this means is that the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4 is still in development hell, and a 2022 release is extremely unlikely. Maybe this most recent delay will prompt Nintendo to release the much-rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch.