Despite an E3 2018 Direct largely dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a number of other titles, a reveal from Nintendo’s E3 2017 Direct, Metroid Prime 4, was noticeably absent. But for fans concerned that its lack of an appearance is a sign of any troubled development, that is not the case, according to Nintendo.
Speaking to IGN during E3 2018, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that Prime 4 development continues to go well.
“Metroid Prime 4 [is] in development, progressing well,” Fils-Aime said when asked about the absence of Prime 4. He also confirmed what Nintendo of America’s Bill Trinen told IGN earlier in E3 — that Yoshi for the Switch, despite also being a Direct no-show, is “still in development.” And another major reveal from last year’s Direct, a new core Pokemon game for Switch, is set to come next year, as we learned shortly ahead of E3.
Fils-Aime explained that last year’s Metroid announcement was actually a bending of Nintendo’s traditional intention for an E3 Direct, which is to focus on titles coming in the near future.
“There are times where we’ll bend that strategy for unique situations, like Metroid Prime 4 last year, but mostly we want to focus on the here and now,” Fils-Aime said. “We don’t believe it’s in the fans’ best interests to tease them year after year after year about a piece of content. We want to say here it is, here’s when it’s coming, and get ready for it.”
On the topic of Fortnite, Fils-Aime also revealed to IGN that Fortnite on Switch was downloaded 2 million times in its first day and discussed the importance of cross-play for games on Switch.
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Jonathon Dornbush is a News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.