Nintendo has announced that MercurySteam, the developers behind the hit Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, will be developing Metroid: Samus Returns, which was announced at E3 2017. Enric Alvarez, Head of Studio at MercurySteam, spoke about developing the game, saying:
“Metroid is one of the most recognized Nintendo franchises and we are so honoured to collaborate with them on the latest game in the saga of space-faring bounty hunter Samus Aran. Our collaboration with Nintendo will give gamers around the world the chance to play this fantastic adventure in a completely new way not seen before.”
MercurySteam is a multi-award winning independent game developer based in Madrid, Spain, best known for successfully rebooting the Castlevania series for Konami. Yoshio Sakamoto, senior officer of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Department, and the producer of the overall Metroid franchise, issued a statement about the developers, saying:
“The development of this Metroid game with MercurySteam has gone very smoothly and more than anything, it has been very exciting. Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the GameBoy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus, and we are very confident that this collaboration with Mercury Steam is the reason we have been able to successfully pull together various features like actions never seen before in the Metroid series, a stunning recreation of the planet SR388 and classical Metroid gameplay elements into a single powerful package.”
This isn’t the only big news from E3 2017 when it comes to MercurySteam; the development studio also announced that they will be working on Raider of the Broken Planet, which will launch on Microsoft’s Xbox One X. On Xbox One X, Raiders of the Broken Planet shows off the game’s unique art style in beautiful 4K, immersing players and transporting them across the galaxy to a new world, the Broken Planet. Currently, that game doesn’t have a specific release date, although Metroid: Samus Returns will be released on September 15 this year.