After a long wait, Nintendo has finally blessed us with our first real look at the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4 – which is now subtitled ‘Beyond’ and will launch sometime next year.

Metroid Prime 4 was originally announced in 2017, almost a decade after the launch of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on Wii. Nintendo eventually confirmed that it was being developed by Bandai Namco – but 2019 brought news that the project “had not reached the standard” Nintendo was looking for and that it was being rebooted from scratch, this time with original Metroid Prime developer Retro Studios at the helm stir.

Updates have been sporadic since then, but now – as part of an already packed Nintendo Direct – the long-in-the-making sci-fi shooter has finally resurfaced with almost two minutes of gameplay.

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond announcement trailer. Watch on YouTube

What better way to kick things off than with a dramatic entrance from Samus Aran himself, unfolding in the Cosmic Year 20X9 at the Galatic Federation Research Facility. After a quick blast of a very familiar musical motif, it jumps straight into the action: Samas makes his way through a beautiful desolate alien landscape.

It’s exciting stuff, but we’ll have to wait a while before we finally get our hands on it. Nintendo has confirmed that Metroid Prime 4: Beyond will release for Switch in 2025 – which immediately begs the question: could it get a dual-platform launch alongside Switch 2?

Of course, Nintendo made it clear during today’s show that it wouldn’t be talking about a Switch successor, but hopefully we learned more about the Metroid Prime 4: Beyond plans earlier too – and that character with a fancy helmet at the end of the trailer. long.