The Metroid Prime 4 Developer Is Bandai Namco Studios Japan
Update: Eurogamer has since reported that Bandai Namco Entertainment’s core development studio in Tokyo, Japan, are also working on Metroid Prime 4 and are to take the lead on the game’s development, as Bandai Namco Studios Singapore shift their focus to another Nintendo Switch game.
Original Story: The Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 presentation had revealed that Metroid Prime 4 was in development for Nintendo Switch, but, when asked as to which developer was working on the game, Nintendo only chose to explain that it was “talented new development team.”
Now, Eurogamer reports that multiple sources have confirmed to them that Bandai Namco Studios Singapore is the lead developer on the game, and are working in close collaboration with Nintendo.
The hunt for information came after a YouTuber spotted references on Bandai Namco Studios Singapore lead designer Shawn Pitman’s LinkedIn profile to an unannounced IP that is a first-person shooter adventure and drift-based high-speed racing game Ridge Racer 8, which are both supposedly destined to be Nintendo Switch exclusives.
We know that Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe is helping to steer the project, which will look to bring “the action, isolation, and exploration of the Metroid Prime universe to life on Nintendo Switch.”
Previously, Tanabe had explained: “Metroid Prime 4 returns to the first-person adventure roots of the original Metroid Prime game and introduces a new storyline that ties together the events of the Metroid Prime universe and takes the storyline in new directions.”
It’s worth mentioning that Nintendo has built a strong relationship with Bandai Namco Entertainment, working together on games such as Mario Kart 8, Pokkén Tournament, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Wii Sports Club.