After Metroid: Other M received an overall negative response due to being unfaithful to the Samus’ character, many fans thought the Metroid series was over. Eventually, Retro Studios revealed that they were working on a project that many fans of the unnamed series wanted. Many people instantly prayed for a new Metroid game, but their project was revealed to be Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, much to Metroid fans’ dismay.
When asked about this, Retro Studios President Micheal Kelbaugh expressed the entire studio’s burning desire to go back to Metroid. As quoted on the article at IGN:
“Well, we love Metroid. We love Metroid Prime and we always will. It was a big part of our studio, the culture of the studio. The majority of that team is still at Retro,” Kelbaugh said. “When we finished with DK, we still had a lot of really cool ideas. That, in combination with what the Wii U could do, we really wanted to continue with that. Again, Retro Studios loves Metroid. We might do another one someday. But we really enjoyed working with DK as well.”
With their previous work including the legendary Metroid Prime trilogy, I can foresee Nintendo’s quick approval for Retro to pick up Metroid once again. At the end of the interview, Kelbaugh states his interest of not only developing Samus’ personality (while taking notes from Other M’s failure), but expanding the Metroid universe all together. He also states that the previous bounty hunters from Metroid Prime: Hunters are great examples of how he wants to expand the series. Personally, I’m a huge lorehound; backstory and trivia from games and series like the Metroid, Dark Souls, Mabinogi, Monster Hunter, Fire Emblem, and a ton of others really capture my attention. Factor in that Metroid is one of my favorite series, and you can only imagine my eagerness for Retro to develop another Metroid game.