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Metroid Prime 4 Is Still Very Far Away Suggests New Retro Studios Job Listing

A new job opens up at Retro Studios seemingly every few weeks, sending fan speculation out of control. Today, they announced that they were looking for Lead Producer for Metroid Prime 4. 

By Charlie Wacholz

August 14, 2020

Metroid Prime 4 is seemingly bordering on Duke Nukem Forever territory. The sequel to 2007’s Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was announced during Nintendo’s E3 presentation in 2017 and has hit roadblock after roadblock in its development ever since. In January 2019, Nintendo released a video titled “Metroid Prime 4 Development Update,” in which they announced that the game was restarting development and being given to Retro Studios.

In the time since then, a new job opening of some kind appears on Retro Studios’ website seemingly every few weeks, sending fan speculation (and fear) out of control. Today, Retro Tweeted that they were looking for Lead Producer for Metroid Prime 4. 

According to the listing, some of the lead producer’s roles would be maintaining the pace of development, working with the various departments at Retro, and work with staffing to maintain a full team to work on the game.

Lead producer is far from the only opening for developers at Retro, however. The studio is hiring several project leads, like a lead graphics engineer, a senior level designer, and a lead animator. These openings and other openings, like a concept artist opening suggest that the game likely still has a ways to go before we see anything resembling gameplay.

Even the most optimistic Metroid fans are becoming worried about the game’s future, considering it’s had such a troubled development period. Since Nintendo canceled the game because it wasn’t up to snuff before and because Retro Studios has a very strong track record, the fact that they’re making sure they do Metroid Prime 4 right is reassuring, to say the least.

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It would have been a great surprise to see Metroid Prime 4 as part of Nintendo’s holiday lineup, but considering the game is likely a year away at the very least, here’s hoping they have something to show off in the coming months to help the Switch keep up its miraculous sales numbers, like the very heavily-rumored 3D Mario collection.

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