According to one Nintendo insider, Retro Studios is working on a project the developer pitched to Nintendo.
Unseen64’s Liam Robertson believes Retro’s next project is something the studio pitched to Nintendo. Robertson, who goes by ‘Tamaki’ online, has a good track record when it comes to Nintendo news.
According to him, Retro was actively pitching projects in 2014 until one of them was greenlit. It’s not a Metroid Prime sequel, he believes, adding that if it were, it would be a new take on Metroid.
“I think they have the potential to work on multiple projects, but I feel like the money isn’t there,” he said on the Gamnesia podcast, elaborating that Retro is unlikely to be working on multiple projects.
“I think, actually, the time is now for Retro to do an original property. They’ve done two established Nintendo franchises (Metroid and Donkey Kong) and I think now is the time to let them take hold of the reins a bit more for themselves and do that.
“If it is something that they pitched themselves, then that does make it more likely that they pitched something original.”
The only new Metroid Prime project we know of is Federation Force, which is coming to 3DS in 2016.