In an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo, Nintendo has confirmed that they’re actively looking at where to go next with the franchise and answered some basic questions as to what fans can expect to see at some point down the line.
The short answer is that both a 2D ‘traditional’ styled Metroid game is on the way, as is a ‘Prime’ style 3D romp. Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi, who’s currently in charge of the franchise, said that “So it has been a while since we released the last one and we’re having discussions internally about what we can do next. So at this point we have two different types of Metroid games. We have the Prime style of Metroid game and we have the more traditional style of Metroid game. We feel that we do need to take care of both of these styles of play. And the hope is that at some point in the near future we’ll be able to share something about them.”
That’s good news for fans, who’ve been without a game since Metroid: Other M in 2010, and that was a Metroid outing that left many longtime fans cold with it’s iffy depiction of series star Samus Aran. We’ll have more for you on this as it develops, though I wouldn’t expect to hear anything any time soon.