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Report: Metroid Prime 4 Being Developed By Bandai Namco Studios Singapore

by Jelani James


You may remember several months ago that Nintendo confirmed that Metroid Prime 4 was being developed by a company other than Retro Studios. Well, a new report from Eurogamer has surfaced which claims to know the identity of the mystery developer.

And the identity of this developer? Bandai Namco Singapore.

Here is a small excerpt:

“Specifically, 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. This studio houses some former LucasArts Singapore staff who previously worked on, among other things, the ambitious cancelled Star Wars 1313.”

Unfortunately, the article cites unnamed sources so its hard to ascertain the veracity of these rumors. At the very least, however, there is a good amount of circumstantial evidence that lends credence to thm, most notably Nintendo’s relationship with Bandai Namco.

At this point, it’s safe to say that both studios have a good working relationship with another, with Bandai Namco assisting in the development of some of Nintendo’s first-party titles such as Mario Kart Arcade GP, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and  Pokkén Tournament for Wii U and Switch. So the thought of Bandai Namco being involved with Metroid Prime 4 isn’t unusual at all; especially because, as stated before, we know that Retro Studios won’t be.

Assuming this rumor turns out to be true, there’s still next to nothing we actually know about Metroid Prime 4. For now, all we have is a short trailer and logo from E3 2017.

Check out the full report from Eurogamer here and the Metroid Prime 4 trailer below.

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