Metroid Prime 4 Proves Gamers Are Hypocrites
Why does Square Enix announce a game so prematurely? Do they enjoy the torment by the community when one of their games releases ten years after its announcement? Surely, publishers and developers should wait to lift the lid on such big announcements. Show us when the game is ready, right?
However, did Nintendo not just pull a Square Enix move in that regard? Was the announcement of Metroid Prime 4, a trailer that was simple a splash logo along with a sub-line that reads "now in development for Nintendo Switch," not the same thing? If that's the case, why are we here championing Nintendo? From what we've been shown, there's little to no reason to believe that Metroid Prime 4 is barely even a concept, let alone a video game. Nintendo carefully chose to label it as a game that will release "beyond 2017." That could mean anything.
Yet the community met the game's announcement with nothing shy of elation. Go figure. I wouldn't be surprised if Metroid Prime 4 is a 2019 game. I wouldn't be surprised if Metroid Prime 4 is a 2020 game. I sure as hell wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo has no clue as to when they could possibly have this game out. It's coming, sure. It's great to see that Metroid fans will finally get another Prime game, but I'm not sure that we should be praising Nintendo for this announcement. A statement that causes me to eat some of my words from earlier in the week.
What if Nintendo decided to announce Metroid: Samus Returns in their E3 Spotlight instead of during their Treehouse Live event? Could they have left Prime 4's announcement in the corner for another E3? I think that may have satiated the fanboys a little.
Or maybe not, I could be wrong.
Now we have a Metroid game coming to 3DS in a few months and that'll have to hold us over until Prime 4 releases in 20-whenver. For me, that's okay, I've really been itching for a classic 2D Metroid game. But in two years when Metroid Prime 4 is still not out, and the fanboys start lighting their pitchforks, Nintendo may regret the premature announcement. However, if we just defend the game and let it take its time in development, than that says something about us.
We're all hypocrites. We shouldn't be able to pick and choose when a game's announcement was premature or if development is taking too long.
So start bitching about how long it'll be until Prime 4 releases, or wait patiently for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake, but you can't have it both ways.