Months of speculation have come to end, with a report by Eurogamer stating that the developer of the much-anticipated Metroid Prime 4 will be Bandai Namco Singapore.
The article says “the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch exclusive is being developed by Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, which we understand is lead studio on the game in collaboration with Nintendo.” Eurogamer does not state its sources.
Nintendo announced Metroid Prime 4 back at E3 2017, however they gave fans little to go on other than a logo and music. Speculation has been rife as to who will develop the title, with Nintendo refusing to comment, other than saying it would not be Retro Studios.
Bandai Namco had always been a contender, but it’s only in the last week that serious rumours about them being involved have emerged. In particular, one YouTuber noticed that on a Bandai Namco employee’s Linkedin page, they had written under experience “unannounced IP (first person shooter/adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)”.
Further digging by Press Start also found that many employees of Bandai Namco Singapore had been drafted in from LucasFilm after the cancellation of Star Wars 1313, and had phrasing like “working on a well-known unannounced IP” in their profiles.
Nintendo and Bandai Namco do have some history of working together, with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, as well as Pokémon spin-off Pokkén Tournament for Wii U and Switch under their belt.
Fans haven’t exactly been jumping for joy at the news, and with the anticipation for a new 3D Metroid title at an all-time high, the pressure is certainly on Bandai Namco. We should remember though at one time, giving the Metroid licence to original Metroid Prime develop Retro Studios seemed like a big risk. With a little luck, Bandai Namco will it pull it out the bag like Retro did.