E3 2017: Reggie Fils-Aime Explains Early Reveal of Metroid Prime 4

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Metroid Prime 4

Without a doubt the biggest surprise of Nintendo’s E3 Spotlight was the reveal of Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch. While details are scarce fans were not only ecstatic to see return of the series on consoles, but also relieved the series had not been permanently shelved. Needless to say, most everyone is happy, but some were curious why Nintendo revealed the project relatively early, since more recent game reveals from the company are usually accompanied with gameplay. IGN asked Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about the current state of events.

For certain games, games that will be in development for, let’s call it a decent amount of time, like Metroid Prime 4 — also, given that it’s a franchise that we know people have been very eager to get some news — that’s when, fine, we’ll share it. We’ll share it early. Others, we want to hold closer in and reveal it when the gameplay is going to be available. It literally is game by game, title by title, how we make that decision.

It’s not surprising given the unbelievably negative reaction to the spin-off title Metroid Prime: Federation Force. With the announcement of both this upcoming Switch title, Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS and brand new Metroid and Samus amiibo, the series is back in a much more positive spotlight.

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  • Mr0303

    That was a non-answer. My guess is that they really need the Switch to succeed and to do so Nintendo will need all their major IPs to reassure customers that it will be properly supported and there won’t be a Wii U situation.

    Plus with an announcement like this they can really steal attention at E3. Nothing else from their line-up could do that.

    • Panpopo

      It was a great way to generate buzz, and to keep the switch momentum going. Just the announcement made me happy.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      How is it a non-answer? He was asked why they would show something early without gameplay and he gave a proper answer. It’s the same situation as when they discussed Breath of the Wild back in 2013 without showing anything about it.

    • Mr0303

      “Because people were waiting for news on it” is not a proper answer. It’s an obfuscation. It’s not giving the reason for the early reveal, it just states that there’s a fanbase looking forward to Metroid games.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Given how long people have been waiting for a mainline game, “Because people were waiting for news on it” is absolutely a proper reason.

    • Mr0303

      Again – people waiting for it is not a good reason to reveal it without anything to show, not even a trailer or give any details. People may be looking forward to any sequel to a dormant franchise, but companies don’t decide to reveal it early because of that – it’s always a business decision. Plus if we want to be technical about it you can’t look forward to news of a game that you don’t know exists.

  • Andrewmated

    After all the whining from Metroid fanatics over the last few years I’m glad they announced this and Samus Returns to shut them up for a bit! (Not completely serious, but it is a nice perk.) Seriously though, this announcement needed to happen in order to give a bit of outlook for the series’ future. The 3DS game is coming soon, and even if this is a few years out, it’s nice to at least know about it.

    • Mr0303

      I don’t think that’ fair to say to Metroid fans – they’ve suffered a lot and have many reasons to be pissed. Other M, Federation Force, Nintendo completely missing Samus’ anniversary, shutting down multiple fan projects. They deserve a ray of hope.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    This would have had much more impact with some gameplay but it was revealed too soon.