Metroid fans have been waiting for a Prime 4 release date for years, and it doesn’t look like the wait is getting any shorter. A new job listing from developer Retro Studios at least suggests that the game is still in active development.
as shared and Twitter, Retro is looking to hire a tools engineer and a tech engineer to join the team on their “journey to develop Metroid Prime 4.” Even the phrase “journey to development” makes the game’s release sound a long way off, but the roles themselves also imply that Prime 4 still has a long way to go. The list of technology engineers mentions tasks such as “implementing[ing] new core technologies needed to realize the vision” of Metroid 4. The list of tool engineers is for a person who “develops, maintains, and supports Windows PC applications and libraries necessary for game content creation.” Roles like this tend to come later in the development cycle, but it still means we have some time before Metroid Prime 4 arrives; neither role is intended to put the finishing touches on a product.
Perhaps that’s why Nintendo insider Emily Rogers says a Metroid Prime remaster is ready to go. It would make sense that Nintendo wanted to give its fans some kind of consolation prize while they wait for a new Prime game. Of course, it was only a few months ago that 2D Metroid fans were treated to Dread, a game that proves that Samus is the hero that the Nintendo Switch needs and deserves.