Metroid Prime 4 And Ridge Racer 8 In Production, Exclusive To Switch

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Earlier this week fans found out via professional profiles that, unless someone is lying on their CV (who would ever do that?), Bandai Namco Singapore was the unannounced studio secretly working on Metroid Prime 4 for the Nintendo Switch, and the same leak brought us rumours of Ridge Racer 8 being the new exclusive arcade racer for the system. Rumours have been swirling around all week following the discovery of several Linkedin profiles alluding to a secret project the Singapore staff of Bandai Namco was working on.

According to the publication, multiple sources confirmed the game's development as well as Bandai Namco's involvement.

One staff member in particular, a lead designer, described themselves as working on an "unannounced IP (first person shooter/adventure exclusive to the Nintendo Switch)".

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The same profile also states that Ridge Racer 8, a "drift based high speed vehicle racing game" is in production and will also by exclusive to Switch. Metroid Prime 4 was first teased with a logo at E3 2017 and that is about it for what we know about the project. Chances are Metroid Prime 4 should have a similar direction with some modern twists to the formula akin to how Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

When contacted, a Nintendo spokesperson told Eurogamer it did not comment on rumour or speculation. When I read that, I assumed he meant an internal Nintendo team put together specifically for the game.

That is in no way to say that Bandai Namco would flub this. During a media pre-briefing, journalists asked Nintendo exactly who was behind the game. They developed both Pokken Tournament and Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U, so they're familiar with how Nintendo works. We'll have to wait and see. The original trilogy was developed by Retro, which most recently made Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U.

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