Here’s why Nintendo revealed Metroid Prime 4 so early

One of the biggest news at E3 was the announcement of Metroid Prime 4 for the Switch. After many years of waiting, Nintendo finally confirmed that they are working on a new Metroid game.

But they didn’t give a release date, not even a year (unlike the new Kirby and Yoshi games, which will be released in 2018).

Speaking to IGN, Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime said that gamers were very eager for some Metroid news, so they decided to announce the game before having any gameplay footage, which isn’t normal for Nintendo.

“For certain games, games that will be in development for, let’s call it a decent amount of time, like Metroid Prime 4 — also, given that it’s a franchise that we know people have been very eager to get some news — that’s when, fine, we’ll share it. We’ll share it early.”

As you can see above, Metroid Prime 4 will be in development “for a decent amount of time”. In Nintendo-time, that’s probably a few years. Or five years. Who knows.

At least we know that the game is in development (although it isn’t developed by Metroid veterans Retro Studios).