Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe has explained why he believes that Metroid Prime Federation Force received a negative reaction from fans when it was unveiled during the Nintendo E3 Digital Event. Tanabe says that it is down to the fact that Samus isn’t an actual player in the game. However, he says she will feature in some capacity. Tenable says that he envisioned a backlash happening, but probably not to the degree that Nintendo received. He went on to say that once players get their hands on the game he expects them to be satisfied.
First off, I had in mind and expected that people would sort of act in a negative way when they find out that Samus was not an actual player. What I see happening is that once the players can actually have hands-on experience with the actual game, they’ll be able to understand and experience for themselves how the game actually feels and that the Metroid Prime universe atmosphere is there, and the music that is used in the game is also heavily related to the Prime series of course so while people would at first say, “oh this isn’t what I expected,” they’ll definitely understand the different perspective that we’re taking here and it’ll certainly make a difference once you get some experience with the game.