Metroid Prime developer Retro Studio as soon as had an concept for an XCOM-style recreation starring Samus Aran.
The idea, dubbed Metroid Ways, was the brainchild of Metroid Prime developer Paul Tozer. The concept was one among a number of pitched following the conclusion of Retro’s Metroid Prime trilogy – and one other which was in the end turned down.
Tozer mentioned the pitch publicly for the primary time this week in a brand new Did You Know Gaming video which particulars the sport’s deliberate setting and storyline as a prequel to the complete Metroid collection.
“It marks the very second when Samus Aran first separates from the Chozo who raised her from childhood, encounters humanity and turns into a bounty hunter,” Tozer mentioned (thanks, Nintedno Life). “The sport additionally marks humankind’s very first encounter with the Area Pirates and Metroids.
“Samus should cooperate with an elite crew of highly-trained Galactic Federation Troopers and vibrant bounty hunters to cease the incursion on a number of Galactic Federation planets, at numerous places on planets corresponding to Norion and Earth and finally tackle the Area Pirates at their outpost on planet Zebes.”
Gamers would have managed Samus and a squad of different troopers from the Galactic Federation utilizing the Wii’s movement controls.
Sadly, regardless of Tozer describing it as having been a “comparatively low-cost” undertaking which might have reused work from the Prime trilogy, “higher-ups” at Retro in the end declined his concept.
“It is principally XCOM, it was XCOM within the Metroid Universe besides as an alternative of preventing aliens, you are preventing Area Pirates – who’re additionally aliens however totally different,” Tozer concluded.
Retro Studios is now again engaged on the Metroid Prime collection, as work continues on the long-awaited and long-delayed fourth entry in that collection.
The secretive studio has not been credited as main improvement on a recreation since 2014’s Donkey Kong Nation: Tropical Freeze (ported to Swap in 2018).
Within the meantime, a number of different cancelled pitches for Retro Studios tasks have additionally surfaced – together with a Closing Fantasy Ways-style Legend of Zelda recreation, and one other Zelda spin-off starring Sheik.