metroid prime

By now news has surely reached the farthest reaches of the globe regarding the unfortunate delay of Metroid Prime 4. While this is saddening news, there seems to be a rumor regarding a Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch that just refuses to go away.

Back in December of 2018, a Swedish retailer listed the Metroid Prime Trilogy as a Switch title, with a supposed release date for sometime in February of 2019.  Now, when this rumor dropped it was speculated that the announcement for the trilogy would be during the Game Awards 2018. Here we are rapidly approaching February 2019, with no official announcement regarding the new Switch title though.

If a thread of tweets from Game Informer’s Senior Editor Imran Khan are to be believed though, not only is the trilogy port real, it’s been done for quite some time!

On top of this bombshell (which should still be taken with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement from Nintendo!), Khan went on to give us some insight into why development of Metroid 4 has been restarted.

All of this makes sense from a development perspective. It’s painfully clear that Metroid Prime 4 is at least 4-5 years out now, maybe 3 if Retro Studios really has a solid idea of where they want to go with a new Metroid. A Metroid Prime Trilogy would be the perfect way to hold fans over while simultaneously keeping the hype alive and well for a new installment.

The question now becomes “when?” as Retro begins development from the ground up, does this mean we will now need to wait even longer for this supposed trilogy remaster? If anything, confirming and releasing this trilogy would be an awesome way to keep fans happy and give us something to tide us over while we anxiously await a new title.

The hard truth is that this new development regarding the reboot of Metroid Prime 4 has probably changed other Metroid related news and timelines. It’s almost a no brainer to expect Nintendo to give us a fantastic Metroid Prime Trilogy on one of their best consoles. While I’m confident this is in the works, or even already done like Khan pointed out, the release of this alleged title is now unknown. It will come down to if Nintendo wants to release it now, as originally intended, or if they feel like keeping its release closer to Metroid 4 for marketing or revenue purposes. Regardless of what it might be, we just want to know for sure either way!

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