Nintendo’s Metroid Prime 4 was announced for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017, but the game never released, leading some to believe it was still happening at all. The game, now retitled Metroid Prime 4: Beyond, is alive and well, as Nintendo re-revealed Metroid Prime 4 during today’s Nintendo Direct event and confirmed a 2025 release date.

A trailer revealed during the Nintendo Direct showed Samus exploring an alien planet that appears to be under siege by alien factions. We saw a lot of Prime action, like scanning creatures and locking onto enemies, and the end of the trailer showed off what appeared to be the villain of this game: a humanoid character flanked by two Metroids-like bodyguards.

In 2019, Nintendo announced that development was shifting to Retro Studios, noting at the time: “Current development progress has not reached the standards we are looking for in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” Bandai Namco is said to be the original developer of Metroid Prime 4.

Due to the change, development of Metroid Prime 4 was restarted from scratch at Retro and the project’s release was postponed. But now the game is finally (almost) ready for release this holiday. It could be one of the last big exclusives for the Switch, as the Switch 2 is expected to debut in 2025. Considering the 2025 release date and the fact that Nintendo is expected to announce the Switch successor next year, it’s possible that Prime 4 will be a crossover. generation title.