We heard earlier today from Nintendo that the development of the eagerly awaited Metroid Prime 4 hasn’t gone to plan and that the game wasn’t up to the standard Nintendo expects, so they have decided to start again. Retro Studios will be handling Metroid Prime 4 development and it is going to be quite some time before the game will be be shown off.
Game Informer’s senior editor Imran Khan has spoken on Twitter about what he has heard from his sources. It seems as though the game, which was being developed by Bandai Namco, was being made in different locations in different countries. Some of what was shown could have been fine in one location while development in another location could been troubling. He reports that he’s heard that Nintendo now believes it needs to be developed under one roof and that Retro Studios pitched their own idea and produced a great demo for the Kyoto-based company.
“Hearing that the big problem with MP4 development was Nintendo’s experimental ad-hoc development process; it was being made in parts in different countries. Some studios were trucking along saying it was going smoothly while it was on fire elsewhere.”
“Internal thinking was that it needs to be all under one roof to right the ship. Interestingly, Retro made the pitch for their involvement and put together a demo that Nintendo liked.”