An investigative sleuth over at the NeoGaf forums has discovered that Retro Studios, the developer behind Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns, has hired staff from Uncharted 3 developer Naughty Dog and Darksiders staff from Vigil Games. Eric Kozlowsky formerly from Naughty Dog claims this new project could be one of his crowning achievements as an artist.

I am going to work on another project that I am super excited about. I can’t talk about it too much but if all goes well it might just be one of my crowning achievements as an artist….

– Eric Kozlowsky formerly from Naughty Dog, now at Retro.



    • Ya. An artist who worked on Uncharted saying this is his crowning achievement. That probably means it’s gonna look sexy pretty. Hopefully they are making another metroid game…


  1. hopefully its on Wii U instead of 3DS, no offense to the 3DS, but if Nintendo wants to stay in the home console business then they need to stop putting 85% of their time into handhelds and go 50-50.


    • they have separate developement teams for handheld games i think

      but i kinda agree seeing how many awesome games are coming for the 3ds in march-feb-april they can put more emphasis on WiiU titles


      • The 3DS just came out and disappointed many people. I think Nintendo realizes that and is trying to make people happy with the 3DS by putting games that people want on it.

        I’m sure (and hope) that once the WiiU comes out a lot of games that people want will start being released.


        • No, they would have released all of these games anyway. Announcing and releasing the 3DS too early is arguably their only mistake. There was the pricing as well but, who knows, if they had had lots of good games available at launch they may have sold well regardless.
          Unfortunately they’ve also revealed the Wii U too early, which I think they had to do because info would be leaked, but I doubt they’ll have any good titles available at launch with the launch window they’re giving at the moment. Personally I hope it gets pushed to around christmas, because that would also bring in a lot of extra sales from people who wouldn’t buy it otherwise.


          • Yeah they were pretty much forced into showing it. You guys remember all those “inside” reports from websites, etc, they just kept pushing with new info like every few days and everybody started getting on Nintendo’s case to show it


            • This is the whole problem. Developers started talking, media outlets wouldn’t let up, and lots of widespread Wii dismissals and misguided analysts advising the “Wii HD” had to come only exacerbated tensions. Of course Nintendo could have done a better job revealing the Wii U (like actively showing the console as well), but their arm was twisted.


    • You have to remember the major 3DS titles from Nintendo this year was Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Everything else, such as Zelda: OoT3D, Four Swords 25th Edition, Star Fox 64 3D, were outsourced, meaning it was enhanced by outside companies.

      Remember how many studios Nintendo have? TONS. Intelligent Systems is probably working on Fire Emblem 3D and Paper Mario 3D, Game Freak on a new Pokemon game, Sora on the next Smash Bros, Camelot on Mario Tennis 3D, and EAD on the next Zelda game, but besides from that, there are still a lot of development teams of which we don’t know what they’re working on for a long time now.
      If anything, they’re probably working on the Wii U and trying to work on a great launch line-up.


  2. I’m sure that Nintendo and Retro Studios will be like the mid-1990’s when the big N was with developer Rare. Best of luck to Eric and the developers from Texas in the good ol’ US of A. Let’s all hope that game will be of epic proportions.


  3. Smells like zelda to me, both U3 and Darksiders are adventure type games with some puzzles included, and the “crowning achievement” thing. One can hope…


    • I like the idea of Star Fox, but Metroid is my biggest hope right now. I’m not for or against Zelda, but It’s not as if Nintendo has any problems making that series.


      • True.

        Star Fox needs a serious facelift though. That series is almost in dire straits, if not already.

        The biggest question with Metroid right now is what direction they’re going to take it next. Their intention with Other M was to give Samus what they believed to be her true personality. I wonder if they’ll build on it. I heard Retro only made Samus silent because they didn’t know how to portray her, so who knows.


        • ^ This.

          Starfox would be great, but it does need a face-lift badly. Seems everytime they try, it looks worse.

          Starfox is one of those games that I think could be boosted by better graphics.

          Maybe something along the lines of Rogue Squadren? (Terribly misspelled, I know)


  4. I was talking about Retro and Metroid Prime earlier today, and I need that to happen. I need them to watch over the 3d series (wherever they go with it) because I love the trilogy so much. I think they would best utilize better graphics as well, especially because Primes look better than many HD games.


  5. Unrelated to the news, but who would ever waste money on an Uncharted strategy guide? Those guides, in general, are useless because of both the internet and the easiness of games. Plus, Uncharted is more linear than Line Rider, who needs a guide for that?


  6. I’ve never played Uncharted(as I don’t have a PS3) but I know Retro studios is good and I really liked Darksiders, so it’ll probably be hard for this to fail.


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