Rumors earlier this week were floating around about Metroid Prime 4 being developed by an unexpected studio. Specifically, Bandai Namco Studios Singapore which is leading the project in collaboration with Nintendo.
Past games in the Metroid Prime series were developed by the US-based Retro Studios under supervision from Nintendo.
Internet rumours this week pegged Bandai Namco as being the mystery studio behind Metroid Prime 4 - something multiple sources have now confirmed to Eurogamer as being accurate.
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This studio houses some former LucasArts Singapore staff who previously worked on, among other things, the ambitious cancelled Star Wars 1313. However, given that most people had already given up hope that a new Metroid game would ever be released for the Nintendo Switch, we're going to go ahead and name this one of the best announcements of E3 2017. The developers were the ones behind Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U and Pokken Tournament and Pokken Tournament DX for Wii U and Nintendo Switch. However, Metroid producer Kensuke Tanabe will be overseeing the development of this new title.
We've reached out to Bandai Namco for comment and we will update if we get any. During a media pre-briefing, journalists asked Nintendo exactly who was behind the game.
During a Bandai Namco earnings briefing in November past year, the company talked about how the it's adding more resources to Switch game development.