With the news that Retro Studios, the American-based team behind the Metroid Prime trilogy, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Mario Kart 7, had acquired former employees of Vigil Games and Naughty Dog, everyone’s mind jumped to Zelda.
No, I don’t think they are working on a Zelda game, but I couldn’t help but think about it at the time, in light of Nintendo’s recent comments concerning Retro and how they would trust them of all their internal aquisitions to work on a new Zelda title.
Now there’s a rumor that Retro is actually working on Metroid Wii U, which is a more logical theory to jump to.
However, these rumors have no real backing, and the only evidence, besides the hiring themselves, which people are using, is a quote that one of the employees made about a project that they are “super excited about.” However, as mentioned previously on this site, the quote was taken out-of-context and was about a more personal book project, not a video game.
Rumors and misinformation aside, it is perfectly natural to speculate about who will be making the next Metroid game, whether it is for the Wii U or the 3DS.
I’m really hoping for some Metroid news at either this year’s GDC or E3. I highly doubt we will get any Zelda news, so why not Metroid? It’s certainly been long enough since the franchise’s last game to at least announce a new game.
Companies hire new employees all the time, and it isn’t surprising that the employees-in-question have previous experience at notable studios; that’s the nature of the business.
The only thing these hirings have brought to light is that Retro is working on something, and that we’re bound to find out more about what they’re working on before the year is out.
Will it be a new Zelda game? Unlikely, but definitely a future possibility. Is it a Metroid title? Quite possible, but that ship could be in other waters. A new IP? Maybe. Only time, and a few press conferences, will tell.