love Metroid, but being a longtime fan does weird things to you. Take, for example, the latest kerfuffle over Retro Studios updating its Twitter banner. Where a normal person might see a cool piece of Samus Aran concept art, the ravenous Metroid fan, their hunger unsatiated by Metroid Dreadimagines a portal hiding all manner of Metroid Prime 4 secrets.
This change was first spotted earlier today and quickly spread across the internet like a Phazon corruption, prompting Metroid fans on Twitter, Reddit
“Are we looking through a visor here? Sylux’s visor perhaps?” wrote Twitter user Biotankname dropping a major Metroid characterset up as a foil to Samus Aran throughout the Prime series, which many consider underutilized. “I’ve been waiting for the triple Sylux payoff from Metroid Prime Hunters, Metroid Prime 3and Metroid Prime: Federation Force for so long.”
“She appears to be in some sort of abandoned duct,” wrote Justin Baileyat appropriately named ResetEra member. “The ‘feel’ of the setting here might be hinting that the game will be more dark and desolate than previous titles. Maybe they will go back to the creepy nature of the original Metroid.”
“The contrast between the dark parts of the picture and the light parts are hinting at two different dimensions! Ing dimension return confirmed!” Reddit user Moose_Cake wrote on r/Metroida joking reference to the reality hopping escapades of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
While the new banner isn’t explicitly labeled Metroid Prime 4it’s understandable why folks would feel a twinge of excitement over this image, what with the game having had zero public exposure after its June 2017 reveal. Since then, issues behind the scenes saw Nintendo scrap Bandai Namco’s early work on Metroid Prime 4 and shift responsibility for its development to Retro, the original creators of the Prime series, in 2019. Kensuke Tanabe, a veteran Nintendo employee who produced several previous Metroid Prime games, still oversees the project.
“The current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series,” Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo’s senior managing executive officer, explained at the time
Whether or not Retro’s new Twitter banner holds any grand secrets about Metroid Prime 4, the wild response to so simple a social media update should further prove just how high anticipation is for the upcoming game and, really, the franchise in general. If I were Mr. Nintendo, I’d honestly be a little worried about the insatiable monsters I’ve created with my hit, sci-fi franchise.