Alexander Brandon, composer of 2000’s Deus Ex, has revealed in a Facebook post that he will be working with Retro Studios on what could be Metroid Prime 4.
The post, which serves as a general update on Brandon’s working life, mentions in the fifth paragraph that the composer is working with Retro Studios on work he describes as “incredibly exciting:”
While details on the collaboration are left deliberately vague, Brandon is a long-term fan of Retro Studios property Metroid Prime. According to an interview with Square Enix, Brandon said that Metroid Prime‘s theme song “directly influenced [his] passion to be a composer.” If Retro Studios did approach Brandon to score the game, the project would likely be a dream-job for the composer.
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Furthermore, Metroid Prime series producer Kensuke Tanabe stated in 2015 that the next game in the series would likely come out on the recently launched Nintendo Switch console, according to Eurogamer. Tanabe estimated the game would take roughly three years to complete, placing the projected end date around 2017/18.
In that same article, Tanabe suggested the new Metroid Prime game would not revisit previous storylines in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption as he considered those storylines resolved. Instead, a time-shifting mechanic might be used and the action of the game would be limited to a single planet.
With the Nintendo Switch in need of a stellar game to follow Breath of the Wind, this year’s E3 conference seems as good a time as any for the new Metroid Prime game to be announced.