A remaster of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Nintendo Switch has already finished development and is awaiting release, it has been claimed.
It is according to respected VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, who stated in a Giant Bomb Show this weekend (pay wall) that Nintendo retained release and announcement in part because of limited QA resources during the pandemic, and possibly to align it more closely with the release of Metroid Prime 4.
This corresponds to claims made by another key industry journalist until 2019, and even what VGC has been said to be independent of.
“The game is done and Nintendo holds it,” Grubb said in his show Giant Bomb. “I think the Metroid Prime trilogy is done and that Nintendo will relaunch it sooner or later depending on other factors.
He added: “I think the game will be put in its pocket every time Nintendo decides it’s the right time, and Nintendo did very very little recently, so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign of a bad thing. that happens, it’s not a sign of a lack of faith in Metroid … Nintendo can afford it [to sit on it] and that’s how they treat it. ”
Grubb went on to say that a big reason for the alleged delay in releasing Trilogy was due to restrictions on Nintendo’s QA testing processes during the pandemic.
“I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite a while during the pandemic was QA … I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects in turn and that meant some games that were basically finishers were sitting on the side while they had their lockdown safe QA processes focused on one or two more important games, ”Grubb said.
“Japan is still dealing with these problems, so I don’t think those processes will open soon.”
He added: “The other factor for Metroid Prime Trilogy is that it will definitely be a marketing battle for Metroid Prime 4, almost certainly. So now we get it. Metroid Dread This year and later I imagine that the Metroid Prime trilogy is something they will release close to the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever it is. ”
The Wii version of Metroid Prime Trilogy, which added Wii remote control controls to the first two games, was released in 2009.
An old man Retro Studios chief designer who worked on the Metroid Prime trilogy said recently that he was skeptical the games will be ported to Nintendo Switch.
Mike Wilkan, who was a design director for all three Prime games before leaving Retro a few years later, made the comments. Facebook. The concept’s skepticism involves the complexity of translating the third-generation Metroid Prime’s Wii motion controls into the standard Switch configuration, which he said would be “a herculean effort”.
Nintendo recently announced Metroid Dread, the first major 2D installment in the series in nearly 20 years, for release on the Nintendo Switch in October.
And in 2019 Nintendo announced that it had decided to “restart development from the beginning” for Metroid Prime 4, with the producer Kensuke Tanabe calling in Retro to pick up the project from its original, unannounced developer. Retro has been hiring for Metroid Prime 4 since.