Retro Studios, makers of the legendary Metroid Prime series, is currently busy creating the next generation of Donkey Kong Country, much to the chagrin of a lot of Metroid fans. That doesn’t mean, however, that they abandoned Metroid. On the contrary.
“Well, we love Metroid. We love Metroid Prime and we always will,” Retro Studios President Michael Kelbaugh told IGN. “It was a big part of our studio, the culture of the studio… We might do another one someday. But we really enjoyed working with [Donkey Kong] as well.” Kelbaugh explained that the team wanted to develop another Donkey Kong Country to see what they could do with the franchise on the Wii U’s more powerful hardware, and to implement some leftover ideas from Country Returns.
So, why not develop a new Metroid Prime alongside the new Donkey Kong Country? “We’re pretty much on one major project at a time. We do a game every two years or three years… Do we have the bandwidth to do two major projects at once? I don’t think so. A big project and a little project at the same time, we can do that.”
IGN then spoke to Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe, producer of all four Metroid Prime titles, who chimed in with his own ideas on where the Prime series could go next. “Basically I’m thinking of, not just Samus, but how we can expand the whole Samus universe. You remember Metroid Prime Hunters. I’m thinking about things like how we could make that go out further, with all these different bounty hunters as well.”
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