Retro Studios have commented that they may return to the Metroid series at somepoint, though being “on one major project at a time” means that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is their focus for now.
“Well, we love Metroid,” Retro Studios president and CEO Michael Kelbaugh proclaimed to IGN. “We love Metroid Prime and we always will. It was a big part of our studio, the culture of the studio. The majority of that team is still at Retro.”
Then, as already reported earlier, Kelbaugh discussed how they simply had many ideas to share through the Donkey Kong series.
He continued, “When we finished with DK, we still had a lot of really cool ideas. That, in combination with what the Wii U could do, we really wanted to continue with that. Again, Retro Studios loves Metroid. We might do another one someday. But we really enjoyed working with DK as well.
“We’re pretty much on one major project at a time. We do a game every two years or three years. In the first year of that, we have some extra bandwidth, so sometimes… we helped out with Mario Kart 7. We helped Monster Games do the 3DS version. Sometimes we’ll have a little bit of extra bandwidth to help out other entities at Nintendo.
“We really feel strongly about helping out Nintendo as a whole, so if we have time, we’ll do that. Do we have the bandwidth to do two major projects at once? I don’t think so. A big project and a little project at the same time, we can do that.”
Nintendo’s executive officer Kensuke Tanabe added, “Basically I’m thinking of, not just Samus, but how we can expand the whole Samus universe.
“You remember Metroid Prime Hunters. I’m thinking about things like how we could make that go out further, with all these different bounty hunters as well.”
So Metroid fans, how would you like to see the universe expanded?