'Metroid Prime 4' Release Date, Trailers, and More About Samus' New Game

Will we finally see some gameplay at E3 2019?


One of Nintendo’s most popular franchises hasn’t seen a new video game release in over a decade. Samus Aran of the Metroid Prime series is due for a new adventure, and after Nintendo teased the release of Metroid Prime 4 back at E3 2017, we’re holding out hope that the company could reveal something new at its E3 2019 event.

Ahead of any potential reveals, here’s a quick rundown of everything we know about Metroid Prime 4, from possible release dates details to plot rumors to that original teaser trailer.

Samus Aran from the Metroid series.Flickr/Farley Santos

When Is the Metroid Prime 4 Release Date?

We still don’t know, but development for the game has been as rocky as it’s been opaque. After the 2017 announcement that Metroid Prime 4 was happening, Nintendo didn’t reveal anything for almost two years. Then, in a January 2019 production update, the company stated that it was scrapping current production and starting over with a new studio. Retro Studios, which developed the previous Metroid Prime games, will lead development on this one as well.

Here’s a key part of the official statement from Nintendo exec Shinya Takahashi:

“We have decided to have the producer, Kensuke Tanabe, work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States, and restart development from the beginning. We did not make this decision lightly. This change will essentially mean restarting development from the beginning, so the completion of the game will be delayed from our initial internal plan. We strongly recognize that this delay will come as a disappointment to the many fans who have been looking forward to the launch of Metroid Prime 4.”

That means you definitely shouldn’t expect Metroid Prime 4 to release this year. 2020 is possible, though the fact that Retro just started staffing up in April 2019 suggests it could be even longer before the game arrives.

Is There a Trailer for Metroid Prime 4?

Sort of. You can rewatch the initial announcement below. That’s all we have for now, but it’s possible Nintendo could reveal something new at E3 2019.

What Consoles Will Metroid Prime Support?

The game is expected to be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

What Do We Know About Metroid Prime 4’s Gameplay?

It’s expected to be a first-person shooter, just like other Metroid Prime titles. The series began with 2002’s Metroid Prime for Gamecube and takes place in the same world as previous 2D platformer-style Metroid games. It’s unclear how 4 will change the formula for the Switch, but it’s possible Metroid Prime 4 could make use of the motion control Joy-Con.


What Is the Plot of Metroid Prime 4? Do We Know Any Spoilers?

We don’t know much, but we do have a few ideas. In a 2015 interview, Nintendo game designer Kensuke Tanabe stated that “the stories of Dark Samus and Phazon are done,” hinting that Metroid Prime 4 could explore a new story entirely. However, considering that development was subsequently scrapped and rebooted, we no longer know if that’s accurate.

Nintendo also previously hinted that Metroid Prime 3 introduced Sylux, a rival bounty hunter who hates Samus. So the character is expected to play a major role in Metroid Prime 4. (They previously appeared in the 2006 Nintendo DS title Metroid Prime Hunters.) Again, this info is years old, so whether it still holds up is unclear.

If we’re lucky, we’ll learn some concrete new details about Metroid Prime 4 today, but it could be another year (or longer) before anything official is announced.