Earlier this week we discovered that Bandai Namco is seemingly working on an unannounced first-person shooter exclusive to Nintendo Switch. Now, it appears that FPS is in fact Metroid Prime 4.
Eurogamer states “multiple sources” have confirmed to the site that the exclusive game is indeed Metroid Prime 4. Eurogamer also says the game’s lead studio is Bandai Namco Studios Singapore, in collaboration with Nintendo. GameSpot contacted Bandai Namco regarding the report; the company simply stated it had no comment to make at this time.
Metroid Prime 4 was announced at E3 last year, though no lead developer was revealed, and no gameplay or trailer was shown. The only other details we know about the game is that it may not be released in 2018 and that series producer Kensuke Tanabe is overseeing the project. The original trilogy was developed by Retro, which most recently made Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.
During a Bandai Namco earnings briefing in November last year, the company talked about how the it’s adding more resources to Switch game development. President Mitsuaki Taguchi said, according to the Wall Street Journal, “It’s a shame, but we didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast.”
Bandai Namco Singapore’s jobs page shows at least five open positions. However, none of the listings say what kind of game the candidate would be working on. The job ads call for people with experience working on AAA games.
One high-profile upcoming Switch release from Bandai Namco is Dark Souls Remastered, which is due out in May. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, along with a better frame rate and improved resolution.
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