This week — at present, in truth — marks an astonishing 4 years for the reason that announcement that work on Metroid Prime 4 had been restarted from scratch and shifted over to unique developer Retro Studios.
All of us keep in mind the day when Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Govt Officer at Nintendo, spoke straight and apologetically to audiences to announce that “the present improvement progress has not reached the requirements we search in a sequel to the Metroid Prime collection”. The information got here as in some way each devastating and thrilling for followers of the franchise. Disappointing that Prime 4 was inevitably a really good distance off, but additionally heartening to see Retro again on the helm.
Since then, aside from a short replace (if you happen to can name it that) previous to the announcement of Metroid Dread, we have not heard a peep on how improvement is occurring the newest Metroid Prime title.
Except Nintendo has determined to save lots of the sport for its subsequent system — which is completely doable! — we think about some form of announcement or replace cannot be too far off. So, to mark the four-year anniversary since Metroid Prime 4 rebooted improvement, we thought we might check out half a dozen issues we might wish to see within the sequel. It has been fairly some time since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (over 15 years, in truth) and the gaming panorama has modified so much in that point; we’re clearly anticipating prettier graphics and a extra cinematic expertise in comparison with the primary three video games, however right here we’ll dive into extra particular wishes that we reckon would attraction to each long-term followers and newcomers alike.
So, set your visors to scan and dive proper in…
SPOILER ALERT: Remember that this text will comprise spoilers for a number of Metroid video games. When you’re not fussed, then crack on, however do not say we did not warn you…
#1 – A Renewed Deal with Isolation
To be clear, all three core Metroid Prime video games did a fairly good job at sustaining a way of isolation, requiring you to navigate your manner by numerous stunning, but harmful biomes along with your trusty scan visor energetic to search out out extra in regards to the native fauna and flora. Nevertheless, that because the collection went on, it launched extra motion components together with a bunch of secondary characters that didn’t really feel like they belonged fairly so nicely.
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption introduced a handful of bounty hunters on board to assist (and hinder) Samus’ progress, and whereas their total involvement within the plot was pretty restricted for probably the most half, it was nonetheless a jarring expertise for long-time followers, notably when a few them had been clearly meant to supply comedian reduction (which for a Metroid sport is simply bizarre, y’know..?).
Metroid has at all times labored greatest when Samus is on her personal. We wouldn’t thoughts a few secondary characters right here and there (we personally cherished Quiet Gown in Metroid Dread), however simply whack us onto a lethal, derelict planet with nothing however our arm cannon and morph ball and we’ll be good to go. Some characters and their video games simply work higher alone.
#2 – No Extra Darkish Samus, Please!
Darkish Samus is a good antagonist, there isn’t any doubt about that; heck, her involvement within the Tremendous Smash Bros. franchise is testomony to her impression on followers since her introduction. Truthfully, although, we have seen sufficient of Darkish Samus now, thanks very a lot. The character was kind of obliterated on the finish of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, so logically, we in all probability will not be staring down the barrel of her veiny arm cannon once more, however everyone knows how huge franchises wish to retcon their huge bads again into the fold.
The issue with Darkish Samus (for this author, not less than) is that exterior of Metroid Prime’s secret ending, her correct debut got here after the arguably superior Samus clone dubbed “SA-X” in Metroid Fusion. So by the point Darkish Samus swaggered into view, it was already a case of “been there, carried out that”.
Now that the character has featured as the primary villain in not one, however two Metroid Prime video games, we reckon it is excessive time Retro Studios retired Darkish Samus for good to deal with new, extra menacing beasties.
#3 – Resolve the Sylux Cliffhanger, However Rapidly
When you had been expert sufficient to finish Metroid Prime 3: Corruption with 100% of the objects obtained, then you definately would have been handled to an additional scene after the credit rolled. Right here, it depicts Samus boarding her ship and capturing off into the unknown, after which a second ship, confirmed to be piloted by Sylux, hovers for a second earlier than taking off after Samus.
Hold on… Who on earth is Slyux? Nicely, first launched in Metroid Prime: Hunters, Sylux is a bounty Hunter who harbours a deep hatred for the Galactic Federation and Samus. Little else is thought in regards to the mysterious character past very quick appearances right here and there, however followers of the collection expect him to play a giant half in Metroid Prime 4.
Here is the factor, although. Since we all know so little about Sylux, why ought to we be so invested in him? 15 years have handed since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and we do not learn about you, however our curiosity on this explicit cliffhanger has waned significantly in that point. We would not be stunned, subsequently, if Retro Studios will take a leaf out of Metroid Dread’s e book and reference the character briefly, however finally take the story in a separate, recent course.
Alternatively, the entire Samus Vs. Sylux plot may nicely be the primary narrative thread that drives the brand new sport. Which might be high quality, if predictable. Both manner, although, let’s get this factor sorted.
#4 – New Visors, Weapons, and Fits
That is considerably of an apparent need, however one now we have to say.
The Prime trilogy did an amazing job at introducing new objects and skills, which is nice since it is a key consider offering the quintessential ‘Metroidvania’ expertise. We have seen glorious visors (Thermal, X-Ray, Echo) together with superior fits (Gravity, Phazon), however moderately than deliver these again once more for Metroid Prime 4, let’s attempt one thing fully new, we could? The identical goes for the weapons.
In fact, the very primary talents want to stay intact. The Scan Visor — important to gaining info in your whereabouts and enemies — was key in making the Metroid Prime video games stand aside from their 2D counterparts, and if this is not current within the fourth entry, then one thing’s up. Aside from this, although, we hope Retro Studios actually go wild with the talents in Metroid Prime 4, new fits that present safety in opposition to excessive components are frankly too apparent, and we wish to see one thing that can actually shock us.
Like what, you ask? Hey, we’re not sport devs! How a few swimsuit that absorbs the DNA out of your enemies, letting you tackle their talents in true Kirby-like vogue? Or maybe a visor that scans for hidden objects in adjoining rooms or areas? You may have to assist us out with your personal concepts within the feedback for this one!
#5 – Take What Works from Metroid Dread
The truth that Metroid Dread even exists is truthfully a miracle, however that it turned out to be among the best Metroid video games in the whole franchise was astounding. It is high 5, not less than, proper..? So we reckon it could be silly to disregard the brand new components it introduced and implement them into Metroid Prime 4.
So which components can we imply, precisely? Nicely, the slide skill involves thoughts before everything. This was a superb option to shortly manoeuvre your manner by small gaps within the surroundings with out impacting your momentum, and we won’t think about it could be unattainable to implement in a 3D surroundings. Heck, a number of different first-person shooters have already added a slide as customary, so it simply is sensible.
The opposite core skill is the melee assault, which Samus can utilise defensively or while she’s on the transfer. Launched in Metroid: Samus Returns and expanded upon in Dread, it is truly mindblowing how nicely this parry works with out hampering that iconic ‘Metroid really feel’.
This is perhaps a contact trickier to implement in a 3D surroundings, however we reckon Retro Studios has the talents to make it work inside the Prime universe.
#6 – Introduce a New AI Companion
Sure, we all know this form of goes in opposition to our need for extra isolation, however hear us out. Metroid Fusion and Metroid Dread each featured an AI that Samus affectionately named after Commander Adam Malkovich, a member of the Galactic Federation who featured closely in Metroid: Different M (and sure, earlier than you say “nicely, truly…”, we all know it wasn’t technically Adam for almost all of Metroid Dread). The AI would present up in Save Rooms to supply Samus with hints and background info to assist her in her mission.
We consider the AI companions present a pleasant break from the in any other case relentless isolation within the Metroid titles, so for us, bringing this characteristic again and including it for the primary time in a Prime title makes some sense. Now, timeline-wise, we’re fairly certain an AI companion in Metroid Prime 4 would not be named after Adam, for the reason that occasions of Different M, Fusion, and Dread all happen after the Metroid Prime Trilogy.
Then once more, may Retro Studios actually go wild with this one and set it up as a type of quasi-sequel to Metroid Dread? Stranger issues have occurred..!
So there you will have it, these are six issues that we would like to see in Metroid Prime 4! Now we simply have to attend for the factor to get revealed correctly, by no means thoughts launched… Good issues come to those that wait, apparently.
Now, we might like to know what you assume. You should definitely vote within the under ballot and tell us what you’d wish to see most within the subsequent Metroid Prime entry. Remark along with your alternative and share your opinions on the place Retro Studios may take the subsequent sport!