Nintendo devising a plan for future 3D and 2D Metroid games
After spending the past four years drifting through space and missing out on yet another E3, it seems brighter days are finally on the horizon for the Metroid franchise, in more ways than one.
While having the ear of Nintendo SPD head and noted Metroid producer Shinya Takahashi during this week's expo, Kotaku's Stephen Totilo asked whether or not Nintendo has a game plan for the franchise going forward. Takahashi noted "it has been a while" since Nintendo last released a new Metroid game and that company developers are currently talking about where they can take the franchise next. He also mentioned how important it is for Nintendo "to take care of" both styles of Metroid gameplay, and most exciting of all, Takahasi said, "the hope is that at some point in the near future we'll be able to share something about them."
So in other words, two new Metroid game concepts are currently in the early planning stages of development. One of which is planned to be a 2D (likely to be beefed up to 2.5D) sidescroller like the original trilogy and Metroid Fusion, while the other is planned to be a 3D game much like Metroid Prime.
However, it's important to remember that since these games are still concepts at this point, they could be scrapped before any sort of announcement is made. On the other hand, the fact Nintendo wants to make an announcement soon is really encouraging and is at the very least is a sign that Metroid will one day find its way back onto Nintendo's regular release schedule.
Until that day comes; See you next mission, Samus!