Metroid Prime 4 release date boost: Great news ahead of Nintendo Switch launch

Metroid Prime 4 is one of the biggest games coming to the Nintendo Switch, but so far it’s unclear when Samus’s next adventure will launch. Metroid Prime 4 was announced way back in 2017 during the first year that the Nintendo Switch was on sale. However, following that E3 2017 reveal the House of Mario at the start of this year announced some shock Metroid news.

In the January 2019 Nintendo Direct it was revealed that Metroid Prime 4 had been delayed with development on the project restarted.

Nintendo EPD general manager Shinya Takahashi said the standards of the scrapped version had not met those required of a Ninty game.

Since then development of Metroid Prime 4 has restarted with Retro Studios, the devs behind the original iconic trilogy.

The Metroid Prime 4 release date delay news was revealed during the January 2019 Nintendo Direct.

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Following on from this news there has been no further word from Ninty on the project, with no in-game pictures or footage being showcased so far.

However, there could be signs that development on Metroid Prime 4 is being ramped up ahead of its launch.

As reported on in a post on GamingBolt, a recent job listings suggests Retro Studios might have outsourced parts of Metroid Prime 4’s development.

Specifically, a job advert for a temporary position working on the environment art has been spotted on LinkedIn.

The ad mentions that the position is responsible for reviewing outsourced work and ensuring it is up to the standards of Retro Studios.

The job advert was spotted by YouTuber Doctre81 who in a post online talked about it.

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Here are the responsibilities for the role as per the LinkedIn advert…

• Collaborate with the Art Director to establish visual direction for the game

• Adopt a broad range of styles from realistic to highly stylised based on Art Direction goals for a given project

• Create concept art for characters, environments, and props

• Create storyboards, background illustrations, and promotional artwork

• Collaborate with Artists and Designers to creatively solve problems

• Assist Art Director and Art Leads by providing feedback and guidance to Artists

• Design visually cohesive fictional worlds and characters

• Perform research as necessary to support visual development

• Provide and receive feedback professionally

• Mentor less senior team members

If Retro Studios is outsourcing parts of Metroid Prime 4’s development then it could be a sign they are trying to fast-track progress on the project.

The Switch has been out for almost three years, and has built up a hugely impressive library of exclusive games.

But as we head into 2020 the number of upcoming exclusives pencilled in for the Switch is looking slightly bare.

We know for certain that next year will bring with it Animal Crossing New Horizons as well as the Xenoblade Chronicles remake.

But apart from that the release schedule for next year is looking lacking on the Switch exclusives front.

So it would make sense that Retro would be doing all they can to ensure a quality Metroid Prime 4 game can be released as soon as possible.

And if outsourcing helps expedite development without compromising quality then that will surely be great news for Nintendo Switch fans.

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