Metroid Prime 4: Anticipation, Speculation, and Community Reactions So Far

Metroid fans have had some ups and downs when it comes to Nintendo's haunting space-based series, but thankfully things are looking positive for everyone's favorite bounty hunter. After 2017's excellent remake of the Game Boy's Metroid II: The Return of Samus for the 3DS, we were then treated to a wonderful new series entry with Metroid Dread in 2019. Finally, Nintendo saw fit to remaster one of the all-time greats in early 2023 with Metroid Prime Remastered.

Since the Metroid Prime 4 announcement way back at E3 2017, fans have been salivating at the prospect of jumping into Samus' space suit again for a sequel to 2007's Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, but it's been a bumpy ride so far for the highly anticipated new Metroid game, a first-person follow-up to Retro Studio's celebrated Metroid Prime Trilogy.

Below we've chronicled everything we know about the Metroid Prime 4 release date and the story so far, including its announcement, the subsequent delay, Retro Studio's return, and every detail that's been revealed to this point. We'll be updating this article as new info comes, so be sure to check back for all the latest Metroid news.

Metroid Prime 4 - Release Date

Nintendo has confirmed that it's coming in 2025. We don't have an exact day and date for when it'll be coming out yet; it's just the year-long release window. Nintendo has stated that news of its "Switch successor" will be announced sometime before the end of the 2024/5 fiscal year. Metroid Prime 4: Beyond could launch after the new console releases, of course, and without knowing details concerning compatibility with the new hardware, speculation is difficult. All we know so far is 2025... unless it gets delayed. Well, I'm stoked to hear that there are rumors of a Super Metroid remake. Because this is the first I've heard about it.

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Speculations and Wishlist

Eh, Super Metroid could use an improved and faster X-Ray Visor and some other map-related visuals to help with 100%. A dot on the map where there can be 2 upgrades is absolute snot. Also, maybe some sequence-breaking cues could be used so that the general public can enjoy that same feeling. As for MP4 (assuming it's not a prequel...again), we've got Samus' Fusion Armor and DNA hijinks to address as well as the juicy plot lines that Federation Force and Samus Returns introduced. Honestly, you know nothing about MP4, don’t lie to your readers.

Teasers and Disappointments

That phazon picture of a 4... that's about all we really know... The purple color of this article feels like a shiny Pokemon encounter. Guide: Metroid Prime 4 - Everything We Know So Far. Well... basically, nothing. No, scratch that: actually nothing. Knowing about goings-on surrounding the game is not the same as knowing things about the actual game itself, so indirect stuff like "development shifted from developer A to developer B" doesn't really tell us anything about the game itself other than that someone else is taking over, but what it is going to look like, what the story is and so on, you know, the important stuff about games, is completely unknown for now. Here's hoping they'll finally show a teaser trailer in the upcoming Direct, that displays more than a number 4 logo... Logo. That's it.

Metroid Prime game

Future Prospects

As for MP4, I think it's safe to say that it's going to be a sequel to the Prime story, not the main story, so it's going to be in the middle of the timeline again, before Metroid 2 and thus before the new Chozo antics introduced in Samus Returns and the Fusion debacle. Another slow news day, I see. We really need a direct. Everything we know: It's coming out... eventually. 


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