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Metroid Prime 4: Beyond Releases in 2025

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond Releases in 2025 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 18 June 2024 / 3,378 Views

Nintendo has announced the full title for Metroid Prime 4 is Metroid Prime 4: Beyond and it will launch in 2025 for the Nintendo Switch.

View the announcement trailer below:

Read details on the game below:

The galaxy’s greatest bounty hunter Samus Aran will embark on a new mission. Metroid Prime 4: Beyond, a new entry in the Metroid Prime series, is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2025.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

Looked beautiful. Its 2025 release is telling. This will be a cross gen title a la BOTW. It'll also release on Switch 2 and probably get a resolution upscale. That is a great outcome as launch titles get more attention due to the limited games selection at the time. Being a Switch launch title sent the fortunes of the Zelda series through the stratosphere where its gone from selling 8 to 10 million tops to 30 mill for BOTW and 20 mill for TOTK. I want that prominence for the Metroid series. It deserves it. So smart move for Nintendo if this is their strategy.

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VAMatt Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

I don't know if strategy is the right word for it. I think it just kind of worked out this way because development didn't go as planned for Prime 4. It might be more of a happy accident.

In any case, I agree that this should work in the game's favor.

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Scoopz VAMatt (on 18 June 2024)

Prime 4s been in development under Retro since January 2019. Its not a 4K title requiring additional asset investment and the mechanics and interface are already established from the previous trilogy. Meaning again less work. With Nintendos reputation for stockpiling titles for years (Pikmin 4 and Metroid Prime Remastered) it wouldnt surprise me if this couldve been released a year ago, but was held back to bolster Switch 2s launch lineup. Switch 2s components were finalised in Spring 2022. It couldve launched a year ago. But Switch 1 sales, component prices, component availability, Switch 2 software readiness are all factors in how things have played out. Nintendo are more strategic than people give them credit for.

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VAMatt Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

Didn't they outright say that development was being restarted a few years ago?

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Scoopz VAMatt (on 18 June 2024)

Yes in January 2019 by Retro. Development was originally undertaken in 2017 by one of Nintendos own teams. They weren't happy with the results and then announced in Jan 2019 Retro would be restarting development.

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Pemalite Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

Gave me Halo 4 visual vibes, with a high level of baked details... Which is not a bad thing as the motion looked 60fps in the video.

Will be interesting how the sales fare, Metroid has launched early in a system's life before and didn't rock the sales world.

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Scoopz Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

Early on and being a launch title are different though. Plus it depends on what system we're talking as if the hardware itself wasnt selling great, then thats also a factor which could make your example an apples to oranges comparison.

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Pemalite Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

Good points, but Cross gen doesn't always mean sales, history is littered with games that were cross gen and sold poorly.

And being a direct sequel might scare people off due to story continuity.

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Scoopz Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

Didnt attribute a sales boost to cross gen, i highlighted launch title status as the pertinent factor, which has a known boost on sales which is why publishers flock to make a systems launch. At launch people are generally a lot more receptive to trying new things than they would be at any other time of a systems life cycle. This is because of a limited games selection to choose from and a desire to test out your shiny, new system with a range of titles.

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Pemalite Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

And yet... Many launch titles have sold poorly historically.

I am not in the business of making definitive assertions before something has occurred.

Super Metroid is one of my favourite games of all time, so I am hoping for the best, but I am not about to go out and make proclamations that it will do BOTW numbers.

Conversely the Switch had a few outliers where games destroyed previous sales even after the initial launch period of the console like Animal Crossing.

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Scoopz Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

I didnt make any definitive assertions. My 1st post highlighted the effect launch title status is known to have in general and the affect it did have on the Zelda series and then i simply stated " I want that prominence for the Metroid series."

So i think somewhere along the line you got the wrong end of the stick and are debating based on a misconception.

Zelda or Mario level sales will likely never be achievable by Metroid but if it does end up being a Switch 2 launch title, then considerably larger sales than normal for the series would be both a logical and reasonable expectation to have.

Just for clarity, this is what i want to happen and what history and consumer behaviour indicates is feasible NOT what im asserting is going to happen. 😄

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leftalone Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

Looks kind of cool to me that the aliens look like sangheilis from Halo

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dane007 Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

I loved how smooth the gameplay ws considering the amount of action that was happening in the background

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dane007 Pemalite (on 18 June 2024)

I loved how smooth the gameplay ws considering the amount of action that was happening in the background

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SecondWar Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)
  • a cross-gen, like BOTW
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Scoopz SecondWar (on 18 June 2024)

Huh? Did i say something different? 😅

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SecondWar Scoopz (on 18 June 2024)

You did.

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Scoopz SecondWar (on 18 June 2024)

I didnt i said cross gen a la BOTW which means the same thing. 😆

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2zosteven (on 18 June 2024)

day 1 purchase for me

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mZuzek (on 18 June 2024)

Soundtrack sounds like Kenji Yamamoto, hope he's involved as his music is key to the series' atmosphere. The soundtrack was my only disappointment with Dread, thankfully Prime 4 is looking promising in this regard already.

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Leynos (on 18 June 2024)

Looks fantastic!

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CaptainExplosion (on 18 June 2024)

It's not dead...

It's not dead!! IT'S NOT DEAD!! :D

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Azzanation (on 18 June 2024)

Looks great. Pretty much what I expected from Prime 4. Probably their biggest and last title for the Switch.

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Mr.GameCrazy (on 18 June 2024)

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond looks great! Can't wait to play it when it comes out!

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farlaff (on 18 June 2024)

Gave me some Pandora vibes.

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JackHandy (on 18 June 2024)

For the first time in forever, I am excited about a new AAA game. Bravo, Nintendo!

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TheTitaniumNub (on 19 June 2024)

Am I dreaming? Can't believe we have finally seen it....

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CaptainExplosion (on 20 June 2024)

Yeah, pretty sure it will be cross gen. I can't wait to play it!! ^^

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ALinkInTime (on 19 June 2024)

As a big Halo fan, I'm digging the vibes. So glad Prime 4 is finally confirmed.

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tslog (on 18 June 2024)

Massively disappointing. The gameplay shown was practically the same as what we were getting from Metroid Prime 1, from 22 years ago.
Nintendo put production levels and spectacle way above any new gameplay for this reveal.
I don't see anyone mentioning this.
MP 1 is my 3rd favourite game of all time, and I've played it over 20 times. Now I'm let down. The same dumb pirate enemies fought in the same way from 22 years ago in a new Metroid game - is simply bad.

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Shatts tslog (on 18 June 2024)

I agree, but don't give up! This is only a glimpse of what the game will be. We will get more trailers for the game, hopefully it would be a lot more exciting.

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dane007 tslog (on 18 June 2024)

What's wrong with keeping what makes a great game?. By your logic every cod game is terrible, every god of war game is terrible and every from software game are terrible 😆

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IcaroRibeiro dane007 (on 19 June 2024)

Elden Ring, Bloodborne and Sekiro are drastically different compared to Demon and Dark Souls

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Scoopz IcaroRibeiro (on 19 June 2024)

That's an apples an oranges comparison to be fair. He rightly highlighted sequels in ongoing series which is what Metroid Prime 4 is whilst you tried to refute his point with something completely different... standalone new IPs. Mentioning them simply because they're all from the Souls genre doesn't make them a pertinent example.

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IcaroRibeiro Scoopz (on 19 June 2024)

He mentioned "every fromsoftware game"

Which means he doesn't know from software games. His point would be valid if he specifically mentioned Dark Souls

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Scoopz IcaroRibeiro (on 19 June 2024)

Fair point. I missed that in my skim read on the train lol

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dane007 IcaroRibeiro (on 19 June 2024)

Not in gameplay they are not. Even the world design it's the same.. I will sekiro a pass but the others play exactly the same

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SuntannedDuck2 (on 18 June 2024)

I think it's to blend Prime Remastered audience while still doing something new which is fine. It does look samey but improved but they won't show the new just yet I think we will wait which is fine I can wait for the new to happen whatever they have planned and see what they have to offer.

Did give Halo vibes but then again they did have Halo mentions in interviews. While the also yes do your own thing mindset they have to have making these games.

I don't mind dramatic changes (cough Crack in Time praise when Rift Apart didn't dramatic change sadly) but sometimes it's fine. I'm excited though. Hardware pushing or interesting ideas with the hardware or not I haven't been hoping for dramatic changes here with this series. It could do it but I think it's after Federation Force or Other M they went hmm not sure how to go with the audience saying yes to a dramatic change just yet or whatever ideas they had in mind.

Dread does do some good things of it's own but even still hard to tell with the others if still in mind of playing it safe as they think it's what fans want or not or just doing what works and hoping both new and fan audiences take this one on.

To me if the gameplay is good I'm fine with it, the environments don't disappoint me at all.

I don't know about cross gen is Metroid big enough in sale for it? I'd be fine with it I just don't know if business wise they think it's worth it.

I do hope Retro can make what they had planned before they had to go and support this game because Bandai Namco or whoever couldn't make the original Prime 4. Retro always had great ideas but they just went no where and had to make Prime/DK instead. Good games yes but still sad that's all they end up making in this era compared to Rare or others where times were different and they were able to make tons.

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Kanemaru (on 18 June 2024)

Looks beautiful but pretty boring. I expect a common shooter with few Metroid refs to justify the title.

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Mar1217 Kanemaru (on 18 June 2024)

I mean, they obviously didn't show the main "mechanics" the game will have. It moreso was was an introduction trailer with the beginning segment of the game

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UnderwaterFunktown Kanemaru (on 18 June 2024)

Don't understand how you could see it as a 'common shooter', it looks like classic Prime which plays very differently than regular shooters. My main worry is it will be a 'common Prime game' and won't push the series forward, but even then it'll at least be the first one in 18 years.

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padib UnderwaterFunktown (on 18 June 2024)

I was going to contradict you but 18 years :skull: it's true. I still remember playing Corruption as if it was yesterday. It was probably 2009 when I played it. Then I start to feel old when in my mind the new Prime cinematic for Gamecube is not so far back and I still have that wow moment in my mind. That was in 2000 :skull:

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