Rumor: Metroid Prime 4 developed with Bandai Namco Singapore & Ridge Racer 8 exclusive to Switch

Oct 30, 2017
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Well.. Ridge Racer usually is exclusive to one platform at a time. 6 on xbox, 7 on PS, wouldn't be out of reach if 8 is on Switch. specially since graphics wise, The switch / PS3 / Xbox 360 arent very fat from each other. so they could be using the same old engine plus updated graphics and tracks / cars

But Metroid prime ? emmm.. Err i duno
 
Jan 31, 2018
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My current prediction is Metroid Prime 4 will be a 2019 title, and an HD Metroid Prime Trilogy will release on Switch.

Again, it's just a prediction, but that's how I see it at the moment.
I am currently playing it on my WiiU for the first time but with the (rather fast) growing install base of the switch and the upcoming fourth entry of the series it totally makes sense. It really is a great experience in all its facets.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If there's a Metroid Prime HD Trilogy, I wonder if Retro's doing it. Having Retro port both the trilogy and DKCTF would explain why their next original game is taking so long.
Retro isn't working on DKCTF, and would likely not be the studio doing an HD port of the trilogy, if that even exists. There are other studio's to do that.

It's highly likely (don't think it's confirmed) DKCTF is ported by Monster games, who helped with the development and did the 3DS port of DKCReturns (and Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS)
 

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If they do the trilogy, how do you see them adapting the pointer controls of Prime 3? There's gyro pointing, but that's not traditionally been as fast or fluid as the IR pointer was, and would require Skyward Sword-esque recalibration.
It would be gyro+right stick aiming just like Splatoon and BotW.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Retro isn't working on DKCTF, and would likely not be the studio doing an HD port of the trilogy, if that even exists. There are other studio's to do that.

It's highly likely (don't think it's confirmed) DKCTF is ported by Monster games, who helped with the development and did the 3DS port of DKCReturns.
Retro is doing the DKCTF port.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Can you imagine when 3rd parties got Switch Dev kits? These games have been in development for what? 15 months? Making the games about 1/2 way done?

Summer 2019 for a large scale AAA Metroid with no delays best case.
 

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It's highly likely (don't think it's confirmed) DKCTF is ported by Monster games, who helped with the development and did the 3DS port of DKCReturns.
i don't think this is true, i remember reading that monster games no longer works with nintendo since they got the NASCAR license and are contactually obligated to work on nascar games.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Metroid Prime 4 is coming, but it won’t be made by series custodians Retro Studios. Instead, a brand new team in house at Nintendo EAD will be making the game. This was confirmed by Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

https://gamingbolt.com/metroid-prim...ll-has-series-producer-overseeing-development

There are more sources to this.
Anyway how can this namco rumor be true than?
Yeah seems strange because they already confirmed that it's done by a new Nintendo team? Maybe co-development or something like that.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Georgian.

Cars have been referred to as "machines" ("manqana") since forever. To the point where most would think about an automobile if they heard the word "machine" out of context. Same is true for Russian ("mashina").
Huh, that's interesting. I had no idea—thanks for the insight!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Permanently exclusive? Probably not.

But exclusive for a few years? Why would it not be likely? The Gamecube had 1 and the Wii had 2 exclusive Tales. The DS and 3DS also had exclusive Tales games.
I guess a spin off has a decent chance but mainline Tales has been doing well on Sony consoles.
 

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Are they fucking crazy making RR8 an exclusive?! RR is a PlayStation platform title and itd go best with its brand recognition on that platform + go Multiplatform on xbox1 (and switch). It’ll also look way better. Crazy talk.
You should think before you post. This would not be the first time RR was for another system than PS
 
Oct 26, 2017
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. Instead, a brand new team in house at Nintendo EAD will be making the game. This was confirmed by Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.
Bill did not say this. The original source (IGN) only has that Trinen said “talented new development team.” It doesn't say anywhere that it's an inhouse team.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Metroid Prime 4 is coming, but it won’t be made by series custodians Retro Studios. Instead, a brand new team in house at Nintendo EAD will be making the game. This was confirmed by Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

https://gamingbolt.com/metroid-prim...ll-has-series-producer-overseeing-development

There are more sources related to this.
Anyway how can this namco rumor be true than?
Bruh did you read that? First there’s no such thing as EAD. Second it links to IGN and all Bill said was it’s being developed by a “talented new team”. He didn’t say anything about it being internal. That website wrote some bs that Bill didn’t say.
 
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Metroid Prime 4 is coming, but it won’t be made by series custodians Retro Studios. Instead, a brand new team in house at Nintendo EAD will be making the game. This was confirmed by Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

https://gamingbolt.com/metroid-prim...ll-has-series-producer-overseeing-development

There are more sources related to this.
Anyway how can this namco rumor be true than?
This is a case of information passing through too many filters. The original IGN report (linked below) that this article uses as a source makes no mention of EAD. It simply states that the game is being developed by a new team. No mention of whether it's inhouse or external.

http://www.ign.com/metroid-prime-4/...d-prime-4-is-not-developed-by-retro-still-has
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah seems strange because they already confirmed that it's done by a new Nintendo team? Maybe co-development or something like that.
Bill doesn't seem to say that in the article's source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/06...d-by-retro-still-has-longtime-series-producer
Instead, Nintendo’s Bill Trinen revealed at a group interview that the game is being built by a “talented new development team.” Despite the shift, the game will still be overseen by longtime producer Kensuke Tanabe, who produced the previous Metroid Prime games.
Bill said Metroid Prime 4 is being made by a new development team, but he didn't say it's being made by a development team inside Nintendo.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Yeah seems strange because they already confirmed that it's done by a new Nintendo team? Maybe co-development or something like that.
They didn’t. That website spun it up and made stuff up. It links to IGN. All Bill said was it’s being developed by a new talented team. He didn’t say anything about it being internal.
 

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If they do the trilogy, how do you see them adapting the pointer controls of Prime 3? There's gyro pointing, but that's not traditionally been as fast or fluid as the IR pointer was, and would require Skyward Sword-esque recalibration.
??? Gyro aiming is working very well with Splatoon 2, I don't see why they couldn't use it for MP4 or a MP trilogy port. Thankfully because I can't play fps-like games without gyro anymore.
 
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Oct 27, 2017
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There's the way out ---->
Given that it's a rumour thread (although very likely true) I should be allowed to openly express my dismay.

Ridge Racer is a stale IP that needs a big shake up while this Metroid news just sounds tragic and makes me wonder what Nintendo is doing with Retro (I saw the Labo rumours...) but for the love of God do not become the next Rare.
 
Jan 10, 2018
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Metroid Prime 4 is coming, but it won’t be made by series custodians Retro Studios. Instead, a brand new team in house at Nintendo EAD will be making the game. This was confirmed by Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

https://gamingbolt.com/metroid-prim...ll-has-series-producer-overseeing-development

There are more sources related to this.
Anyway how can this namco rumor be true than?
If you read the IGN article sourced in that article, you'll notice that they don't refer to Nintendo EAD at all (because EAD doesn't even exist anymore) but instead a "talented new development team", which has been know for months, which fits Bandai Namco Singapore.

EDIT: Beaten by a few minutes.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I guess a spin off has a decent chance but mainline Tales has been doing well on Sony consoles.
Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Symphonia 2, Tales of Graces, and the three DS games were not spinoffs. Some of them were later ported to Sony consoles, but they were initially exclusive to Nintendo systems. Same thing can happen now with a Switch version.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Sounds weird, but.. ok. It's possible as they did do the Wii ports of metroid themselves.


Oh ok, didn't know that about Monster Games.
Yeah Monster Games wanted to do NASCAR games, but we do know Retro is doing the DKCTF port. Maybe they could be doing a MPT HD port along with a new Switch game.
 
Oct 24, 2017
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I am currently playing it on my WiiU for the first time but with the (rather fast) growing install base of the switch and the upcoming fourth entry of the series it totally makes sense. It really is a great experience in all its facets.
Yeah, having the entire Prime trilogy in HD would be amazing, and it would be a great way to re-introduce fans to the Prime series before Prime 4 is released.

I suspect we'll hear something about it soon. I know Nintendo was pushing to make it happen.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Given that it's a rumour thread (although very likely true) I should be allowed to openly express my dismay.

Ridge Racer is a stale IP that needs a big shake up while this Metroid news just sounds tragic and makes me wonder what Nintendo is doing with Retro (I saw the Labo rumours...) but for the love of God do not become the next Rare.
I didn's say you couldn't express your dismay. I just showed you the way out since you are not interested in what the thread is about :)
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I can believe it.

I'm sort of apprehensive about putting too much stake into the preconceived "pedigree" of any developer that handles Metroid. The series is probably one of the most fickle to ever exist. Unproven developers at Retro created two of the best games ever made; when the key talent eventually left Nintendo to form Armature, that company has been throwing out nothing but duds. More established developers like MercurySteam and Team Ninja have both tried their hands on the franchise, and those have been to varying degrees of success ranging from pretty good to outright mediocre.

Whoever gets to develop Prime 4 has a lot to prove regardless of whether they're an acclaimed studio or up-and-coming talent because the science of what makes a good Metroid game is incredibly deliberate and easy to gloss over. Much of what makes Metroid good can also be attributed to pure happenstance and happy accidents. Not a lot of franchises and genres can claim to hold such a dubious distinction.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Can't wait for the new Ridge Racer intro! Nintendo starts to look really agressive with this "3rd party" exclusives...

Oh my god this is such a classic intro, but I didn’t remember it being so horribly sexualised.

EDIT: oh that’s because it’s a remake of the intro. The original wasn’t anywhere near that bad. Who is this by? Some Pervy fan?
 

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If you read the IGN article sourced in that article, you'll notice that they don't refer to Nintendo EAD at all (because EAD doesn't even exist anymore) but instead a "talented new development team", which has been know for months, which fits Bandai Namco Singapore.

EDIT: Beaten by a few minutes.

Ok i've doing some multiple checks on that, and it seems that you are right

https://abload.de/img/factsheet-e32017-metrlws0a.png

However, Kensuke Tanabe is leading this project it seems. So it could be some co-op dev if the rumor would be true..
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah, having the entire Prime trilogy in HD would be amazing, and it would be a great way to re-introduce fans to the Prime series before Prime 4 is released.

I suspect we'll hear something about it soon. I know Nintendo was pushing to make it happen.
I really hope you're right, physical copies of the Metroid Prime Trilogy are going at insane prices for a Wii game. I bought the collection on Wii U when it was 10€ but I'd double dip for a HD version.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Symphonia 2, Tales of Graces, and the three DS games were not spinoffs. Some of them were later ported to Sony consoles, but they were initially exclusive to Nintendo systems. Same thing can happen now with a Switch version.
Yeah, I know. That was ages ago. Things change.

I’m not saying it 100% won’t happen. But the way Bamco has been handling the franchise, a proper mainline entry skipping PS4 and PC for Switch exclusivity is very unlikely.
 
Dec 21, 2017
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Why Ridge Racer?? I am very confused by this.
Easy exclusive to lock on since the interest around this series from Sony and Microsoft is gone.

Switch needs more driving games: Gear.Unlimited is kinda bad and Fast RMX was nice but more F-Zero-esque.