One of the biggest disappointments of E3 2018 is the lack of Metroid Prime 4 information. Not only did we not get any gameplay footage or even a cinematic trailer, we still don’t even know who is developing it! It’s pretty unforgivable when a company teases an upcoming game with just a logo and then an entire year later comes to E3 with nothing to show. I mean, not even a piece of concept art? Come on, Nintendo!
Game Informer caught up with Bill Trinen and Nate Bihldorff from Nintendo and grilled them on Metroid Prime 4‘s absence at this year’s E3:
Is there anything you can say about Metroid Prime 4? Is there a reason it wasn’t at the show this year?
Trinen: It’s still in development.
Bihldorff: But yeah, we’re not featuring it at E3 this year.
Trinen: I think the main thing is, as people have probably realized by now – we show things when we think we’re ready to show them. And when we think we’re ready to show Metroid Prime, we’ll show Metroid Prime.
More than a logo?
Bill: [Laughs] Last year was the first year for Switch at E3, so we took a bit of a departure from our usual approach to E3, which is to focus on more near-term stuff. Last year, because it was the first year for the hardware, we looked at things that were maybe a little further out. This year, you can see pretty clearly, we’re back to focusing on the near-term. We’ll have more to share with Metroid Prime 4 when we have something we think is going to wow people.
Nintendo can certainly be a fickle company that has different rules and standards depending on the day. I mean, they were fine with showing us early footage of Breath of the Wild three years before it ever released. It usually boils down to how desperate they are at the moment – and with the Switch being super successful they don’t have to try as hard, which makes it even more frustrated for loyal fans.
[Source: Game Informer]