Where Will the Metroid Series Go After Federation Force?
Few games have caused such immediate backlash as Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a cooperative first-person shooter set in the Metroid universe and starring Galactic Federation Marines.
It wasn’t necessarily that Federation Force itself looked terrible, but rather that it didn’t look like Metroid and the state of the series didn’t put fans in a good mood to receive a spin-off as the next Metroid title. The last Metroid game came out in 2010, and it wasn’t well-received. Fans waited a long time for Nintendo to announce a new game, and it was an even longer wait for fans hoping for a new 2D Metroid.
Instead of a new main-series Metroid game in either 2D or 3D, Nintendo announced Federation Force. With it being the first Metroid game in years, it only increased concerns that the next true Metroid game could be a long way off–or worse, that Federation Force could be the way of the future.
However, there might be hope. Federation Force includes a post-credits scene that many fans believe to be a tease for a new Metroid Prime game. Back in June 2015, Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe told IGN he’d like to make another game in the series and thought Federation Force would serve to flesh out the Galactic Federation before then. More importantly, the Federation Force post-credits scene appears to show Sylux, a bounty hunter Tanabe said he would like to include in the next Metroid Prime game.
Of course, it’s just speculation at this point. While Federation Force wasn’t a resounding success, Nintendo could choose to try another co-op spin-off. As for the next 2D Metroid game, the future is still uncertain. Back in 2014, Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi told Kotaku that they would “take care of” both 2D and 3D Metroid games, but we’ve heard nothing since then.
Nevertheless, it feels like a safe bet we could see Metroid Prime 4.
Where do you think the Metroid series will go after Federation Force? Do you think the post-credits scene really teases a new Metroid Prime game? And what about 2D Metroid games? Share your thoughts on the future of Metroid with us in the comments.