Earlier this week, Nintendo announced a new Metroid game for the 3DS. Now we know who will be developing Metroid: Samus Returns, a 3D re-imagining of the 1991 monochrome Game Boy game Metroid II: Return of Samus.
MercurySteam, the independent development studio behind the multi-million selling Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, will be taking the reigns as the company collaborates with Nintendo on Metroid: Samus Returns.
“Metroid is one of the most recognized Nintendo franchises and we are so honoured to collaborate with them on the latest game in the saga of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran,” said Enric Alvarez, Head of Studio at MercurySteam. “Our collaboration with Nintendo will give gamers around the world the chance to play this fantastic adventure in a completely new way not seen before”.
Yoshio Sakamoto, senior officer of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Department, says that MercurySteam was chosen to develop the game because things have gone very smoothly in the past with the independent game studio.
“Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the GameBoy classicMetroid II: Return of Samus, and we are very confident that this collaboration with Mercury Steam is the reason we have been able to successfully pull together various features like actions never seen before in the Metroid series, a stunning recreation of the planet SR388 and classical Metroid gameplay elements into a single powerful package.”
Metroid: Samus Returns launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Sept. 15, 2017.