Speaking on his GrubbSnax podcast, VentureBeat journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb reported that Nintendo has finished work on the rumored Metroid Prime Trilogy remaster for the Nintendo Switch.
“The game is done and Nintendo is holding it,” said Grubb. “I think Metroid Prime Trilogy is done and whether or not Nintendo releases it now or later depends on other factors.”
Those factors reportedly include the release of Metroid Prime 4. According to Grubb, Nintendo will use Metroid Prime Trilogy to market the latest entry in the Metroid Prime series.
Another factor was the COVID-19 pandemic, which reportedly led to Nintendo imposing restrictions for its quality assurance (QA) testing.
“I think a big problem for Nintendo for quite some time during the pandemic was QA… I think Nintendo was focusing its quality assurance resources on one or two big projects at a time and that meant that some games that were basically finished were sitting on the side, while they had their lockdown secure QA processes focused on one or two more important games,” said Grubb.
Metroid Prime Trilogy originally launched on the Nintendo Wii in 2009. Metroid Prime 4 was announced during E3 2017, but game development restarted in 2019 under Retro Studios.