Nintendo announced today that Metroid Prime 4’s development is being halted and restarted today via YouTube. They are handing off the game to partner developer Retro Studios, the original developers of the Metroid Prime series, and most recently developed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
Originally announced at E3 2017, news about MP4 development had gone dark. Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer, profusely apologized to fans stating that he understands the public excitement for the game, but “…the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.”
Internet reactions seemed surprisingly understanding considering the negative public outcry that occurred when EA announced that one of their Star Wars projects was being shut down.