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

Dec 28, 2017
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Smash was both Nintendo and namco. Namco did a lot of the grunt work.

However the last time namco managed a Nintendo ip on their own we got that less than stellar starfox game.

Neither Nintendo nor namco have inhouse FPS experience which adds additional concerns but I have a feeling prime 4 won’t be first person.
The listing says it's a first person shooter/adventure game. Why would the Prime series not be first person all of a sudden?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Every game on this list except Donkey Kong:

Welp those are all good-great games. Oh wait I forgot Color Splash and Federation Force were worse than STDs! I forgot I'm on the internet!

Fed Force was a good game shat on by a whining fanbase and there was something wrong with Color Splash now? It was one of Wii U's best games, and that's saying a lot. Color Splash was fucking amazing.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Don’t worry I was on #MetroidPrime4beingdevelopedbyBandai

Now that I see it’s a new studio with Bandai in Singapore I’m even MORE excited and I’m pulling for them and Tanabe to make Metroid Prime 4 amazing. Let people hate. Let people doubt. Let people question. No matter what Samus will rise again from the new talented team in Singapore.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Well, it was an odd choice for Smash 4 as well.

But with Nintendo producers standing over their shoulders, they might really just need the man power.
Bandai Namco does have a ton of experience with fighting games, we can't say the same about first person shooters / adventure games. Plus, Singapore is a new division founded in 2013.

But then again, we can easily draw a parallel between them and 2002 Retro Studios, or even Ubisoft Milan. If I had to guess, they probably pitched an extremely convincing prototype to Nintendo.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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People bringing Tanabe recent projects to question his ability to work on a new Metroid game forgetting that the "people behind Metroid Prime" went to work on Batman: Arkhan Origins Blackgate (aka. trash) and ReCORE (aka. Lttp: The Game)

 
Dec 9, 2017
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So I went on linkedin and didn’t see any job postings on lead designer or Bamco Singapore. Did this guy literally stalk all Namco employees profiles on linkedin to get the scoop?? Kinda freaky and maybe stupid that a bamco employee put that in there job description. Also, I didn’t know bamco had a Canadian studio in vancouver. The more you know
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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I do think it's a bit of a shame that Nintendo just went with a third party dev to help make the game, even if it's a newly made dev.

I would have rather had them form a brand new studio under them instead since they seem to be curating talent and skill from this team. Grow the first party team more
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Also worth mentioning that a lot of the devs who work at Bandai Namco Singapore have come over from LucasFilm and have worked on Star Wars 1313. There's some good devs here.

Detailed a bit more here:https://press-start.com.au/news/nintendo/2018/02/07/suggests-metroid-prime-4-developed-bandai-namco/
Oh man that's awesome to hear, 1313 looked great so it's really comforting to know these people are able to work on another sci-fi ip again after that was canceled. Really happy for them if true.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm not going to make any snap judgements on the potential quality of Prime 4 since Retro was an untested studio before Prime 1 came out and look at what happened there. I hope we get footage of the game in a Nintendo Direct before E3.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Just like I believed in Mario + Rabbids when it first like. Recall all the hatred from gamers. There was a few of us fighting for Ubisoft to do Mario and Rabbids good. Same thing will happen here.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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So I went on linkedin and didn’t see any job postings on lead designer or Bamco Singapore. Did this guy literally stalk all Namco employees on linkedin to get the scoop??
Yes, this is the beat he works.

Maybe the Singapore studio is just assisting the main studio on MP4?
The guy who leaked all this info is clearly the lead writer for Prime 4 based on his profile and he says he has done a lot of gameplay pitches to Nintendo for Prime 4 so I would guess that they are the lead studio and not a support studio.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Not thrilled by this, but after Nintendo helped Mercury Steam of all studios to redeem themselves with a Metroid game I can trust their judgment in these things for sure.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Ridge Racer 8 as a Nintendo exclusive legit makes sense considering the pattern:

Ridge Racer 6 - Xbox 360 exclusive
Ridge Racer 7 - PS3 exclusive
Ridge Racer 8 - Switch exclusive

It's only natural that Nintendo would be next to complete this pattern.

Also, the director of Go Vacation WAS asked by BN to make Ridge Racer for Wii, but opted to do the former instead. So...
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Maybe the Singapore studio is just assisting the main studio on MP4?
I thought so too, but apparently the LinkedIn page makes it sound like the Singapore studio is sending stuff directly to Nintendo, and judging by the article above, there's not exactly a lack of talent there.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Also worth mentioning that a lot of the devs who work at Bandai Namco Singapore have come over from LucasFilm and have worked on Star Wars 1313. There's some good devs here.

Detailed a bit more here:https://press-start.com.au/news/nintendo/2018/02/07/suggests-metroid-prime-4-developed-bandai-namco/
I've been noticing this too. Some also worked on The Force Unleashed.

Also a number of these said LinkedIn pages are primarily Art Designers and either got hired in 2016 around the time of the employee in the OP or are working on vague projects within the same timeframe.

I think, like some others have mentioned earlier in the thread, that Bandai Namco is outsourced to work on art assets for the game.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Ridge Racer 8 exclusive to Switch? Well... that's a pretty compelling motivation to get a Switch for me if real. A strange turn of events considering the sub par support Nintendo has historically received with the series (aside from the 3DS game arguably) but I don't care which system it launches on as long as it's real!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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I've been noticing this too. Some also worked on The Force Unleashed.

Also a number of these said LinkedIn pages are primarily Art Designers and either got hired in 2016 around the time of the employee in the OP or are working on vague projects within the same timeframe.

I think, like some others have mentioned earlier in the thread, that Bandai Namco is outsourced to work on art assets for the game.
The guy in the OP is definitely writing for Prime 4 and is working on gameplay stuff for Prime 4 though.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Welp those are all good-great games. Oh wait I forgot Color Splash and Federation Force were worse than STDs! I forgot I'm on the internet!

Fed Force was a good game shat on by a whining fanbase and there was something wrong with Color Splash now? It was one of Wii U's best games, and that's saying a lot. Color Splash was fucking amazing.
Metroid Prime was the best video game of all time, and now we're to the point of trying to convince ourselves Federation Force wasn't actually that bad, smh. Damn what happened to this series.
 
Dec 9, 2017
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Metroid Prime was the best video game of all time, and now we're to the point of trying to convince ourselves Federation Force wasn't actually that bad, smh. Damn what happened to this series.
I enjoyed Federation Force, it was a “different” take on the Metroid Prime universe. That being said, I prefer Samus as the main character
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I do think it's a bit of a shame that Nintendo just went with a third party dev to help make the game, even if it's a newly made dev.

I would have rather had them form a brand new studio under them instead since they seem to be curating talent and skill from this team. Grow the first party team more
if it means we get more games from first party IPs

keep outsourcing
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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I do think it's a bit of a shame that Nintendo just went with a third party dev to help make the game, even if it's a newly made dev.

I would have rather had them form a brand new studio under them instead since they seem to be curating talent and skill from this team. Grow the first party team more
I do think that's what's happening here though, with Bandai Namco helping speed along the development process by providing assets and other designer roles.

The guy in the OP is definitely writing for Prime 4 and is working on gameplay stuff for Prime 4 though.
Oh yeah, I'm just seeing quite a number of artists there that are possibly working on MP4 too.
 
Dec 9, 2017
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I’d like to think that Nintendo gave the keys of the Metroid franchise to Bamco for some “exclusive” Tales of.... only for Switch. i’m going with that narrative on Bamco trying to master the FPS genre.
 

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Nov 26, 2017
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People are in denial at this stage.

The only two reasonable suggestions made across the entire fan base have been

1. New internal EPD team
2. Namco Bandai

The evidence is stacking up.
 
Nov 14, 2017
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I mean, giving a massive genre defining project and series to a failing studio often doesn't work out!

It did, but I don't think this is too common...

And Bamco has no experience with these games at all.

But we'll see...
Lets give it a chance its not like the Retro that made Metroid Prime is still there...
So many of them left.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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These guys going from LucasArts to being supervised by Nintendo will be interesting.

I never got the impression that LucasArts was... Very competent or helpful as a publisher.