We have an update regarding Metroid Prime 4 and it’s both a really neat ordeal but also a potentially troubling sign for a game most of us were hoping to at least see in trailer form in 2021.
Retro Studios has hired Dylan Jobe, a 25 year veteran in the industry where he has done work on Doom, Twisted Metal: Black, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Warhawk. Warhawk is of particular note, because he was the director of that game, a PS3 exclusive. This matters, because he was hired as the Director of Development for Metroid Prime 4.
His responsibilities include being responsible for the game’s schedule, scope, product quality, and performance evaluations for various staff members. He will also work as a liaison between departments. Yes, a very important position when making any game, let alone Metroid Prime 4.
This comes during a year where they have added roughly a dozen major developers with massive AAA development experience this year. Jobe in particular signifies a hire that suggests Metroid Prime 4 isn’t exactly as far along as we had hoped. I discuss this in my most recent video here:
This leads us to wonder what exactly is going on at Retro Studios. They haven’t shown off a project since the release of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze… in 2014. We are almost 7 years out from that game’s release. This suggests that Retro Studios already has had many internal problems getting any game to completion. These hires suggest Nintendo is more than willing to invest big money into the game’s development, likely to ensure the game actually gets done. Having to reboot, or dare we say, cancel this game would be a blow that Nintendo doesn’t want to see happen.
Of course, this hire, like any other, may just be an extra hand on deck as the game enters the finish line. However, it’s pretty unusual to hire someone for this position late in a game’s development cycle. We will find out the truth… some day. When Nintendo decides to let us in on whats going on.