After some time without rumours, reports are once again emerging that Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming to Nintendo Switch.
The information comes from industry expert and VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb. As he briefly noted a while back along with other titles, he claims that development on the game has been completed and Nintendo is waiting to release it at the right time.
He adds that Nintendo is still being affected by issues stemming from the pandemic and these may have affected Metroid Prime 4 as well. We leave you with Grubb’s message in full, shared with Giant Bomb:
The game is finished and Nintendo is holding it back. I think Metroid Prime Trilogy is finished and whether or not Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors… I think this game is in their chamber for when Nintendo decides the time is right, and Nintendo has done this a lot recently, so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign that something bad is happening, it’s not a sign of a lack of faith in Metroid… Nintendo can afford to [sit] on it and that’s how they’re treating it.
I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic was quality control… I think Nintendo was focusing their QA resources on one or two big projects at a time and that meant that some games that were basically finished were being held back, even though they had their QA processes locked down and secure and focused on one or two bigger games… Japan is still dealing with these issues, so I don’t think those processes are going to open up any time soon.
The other factor for Metroid Prime Trilogy is that it will definitely be a marketing coup for Metroid Prime 4, almost certainly. So right now we’re getting Metroid Dread this year and then I imagine the Metroid Prime Trilogy is something that they’ll release close to the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever that is.