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There have been some rumors this week regarding Bandai Namco and Metroid Prime 4.
Metroid Prime 4 was briefly announced via a logo shown during Nintendo’s E3 2017 broadcast. During a media pre-briefing, journalists asked Nintendo exactly who was behind the game. Nintendo declined to reply, except to say that Retro Studios, which created the original Metroid Prime Trilogy, was not behind the project.
Since then, speculation has been rifle over who was working on Metroid Prime 4, but nothing more has been announced since last E3. It is still relatively early in the game’s development – there’s no suggestion Prime 4 will launch this year.
This week, fans began connecting the dots after various teasing job descriptions were spotted on LinkedIn. Rumors began appearing on forums like Resetera and were then widely reported elsewhere.
One staff member in particular, a lead designer, described themselves as working on an “unannounced IP (first person shooter/adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)”. This staff member also listed themselves as overseeing work on an exclusive Ridge Racer 8 for Switch, too – something Eurogamer has yet to also verify.
Namco is, of course, no stranger to working with Nintendo on the latter’s biggest franchises. It developed Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, as well as Pokémon spin-off Pokkén Tournament for Wii U and Switch.
Nintendo or Bandai have yet to comment on the rumors, but it’s highly likely at this point that Bandai Namco are the team working on Metroid Prime 4.