Metroid Prime Trilogy Remaster For Nintendo Switch is Ready For Release, Claims Insider

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The long-awaited Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster for the Nintendo Switch has been ready for release for over a year now, if several industry insiders are to be believed. Development on the game was finished a while back and Nintendo has been holding it for release for at least a year, as per several games journalists who are in the know.

The latest information about the game comes from Jeff Grubb (Venture Beat), who in a recent episode of the GrubbSnax podcast went into detail (via VGC) about Nintendo’s plans for the trilogy.

“I think Metroid Prime trilogy is done and whether or not Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors,” said Grubb. “I think that game is sitting in their pocket for whenever Nintendo decides it’s the right time, and Nintendo’s done this a lot recently so it’s not unusual, it’s not a sign of some bad thing 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.”

The remaster seems to have been ready for release since last early last year, as voiced by Fanbyte’s Imran Khan.

Grubb also added that the cause for the delay is related to Nintendo’s QA process, which was impacted heavily by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added, “I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic was QA… I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects at a time and that meant that some games that were basically finished were sitting on the side, while they had their lockdown secure QA processes focused on one or two more important games.”

Another reason for the delay seems to be that Nintendo is waiting to announce it closer to the release of Metroid 4.

“So right now we’re getting Metroid Dread this year and then I would imagine that Metroid Prime trilogy is something they’ll release close to the release of Metroid Prime 4, whenever that is,” said Grubb when speculating about Nintendo’s decision to delay the game.

Metroid 4, announced back at E3 2017, is being developed by Retro Studios who worked on the original Metroid Prime trilogy. However, Nintendo hasn’t announced any release date or window for Metroid 4, which is in development for the Nintendo Switch.

Metroid Dread releases on October 8 for the Nintendo Switch, and is set after the events of Metroid Fusion.


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