At E3 last week, Nintendo made a bold move by revealing Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a Metroid game does not feature Samus at all. For Metroid fans, this was a slap in the face. The Metroid fanbase has been very vocal in that they want a return for the Metroid series in the vein of the Metroid Prime trilogy (there was Other M, but we don’t speak of that). And yet, it’s been a very long time and we have no word on whether that’s ever going to happen at all. Speaking on this matter, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to Kotaku and stated the following:
“Look, we know that the fans want a straight Samus Aran game,” Fils-Aime told Kotaku. “We also know that the best way to launch a game like that is to surprise and delight them, to give them a launch date, in an environment like this let them play it vs. what other companies do which is to announce a project that you may not see for five, six years.”
Now some will note that this is kind of what is happening with Legend of Zelda Wii U, where it was announced and then disappeared. The game was meant to come out in 2015, until it was delayed. Most likely, Nintendo is trying to prevent that with it’s major 1st party titles, of which Metroid is definitely one of. But when will we hear about the next true Metroid game? Only Nintendo knows.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is due out in 2016.