Negative reaction to Metroid Prime: Federation Force was completely expected by series producer Kensuke Tanabe.
Speaking with Canadian Gaming Magazine (CGMag Online), Tanabe said he already had it in his mind fans would react in a negative way when they found out “Samus was not an actual player.”
“What I see happening is once the players actually have hands-on experience with the game, they’ll be able to understand and experience for themselves how the game actually feels and that the Metroid Prime universe atmosphere is there,” he said.
“They’ll definitely understand the different perspective that we’re taking here and it’ll certainly make a difference once you get some experience with the game.”
During E3 2015, Tanabe said those looking forward to a proper Metroid Prime game instead of the 3DS offerings, should wait for the NX system from Nintendo. This is because if development began on Wii U, it would take three or more years for the project to be completed.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force focuses on the series’ Galactic Federation and features 4-player co-op missions with an objective-based structure. It is due for release in 2016.