E3 has come and gone for the year, and this time we have an interesting (if unexpected) surprise from Nintendo...
Metroid Prime: Federation Force is an upcoming first-person 4-player co-op game developed by Next Level Games and set for release on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. I think most Metroid fans didn't seen this spin-off coming, and it's already stirred up some controversy online. Instead of focusing on Samus' bounty hunting exploits, the game gives up to four players control of a squad of Galactic Federation troopers as they team up and tackle co-operative-based missions. The story will centre on the ongoing conflict between the Federation and Space Pirates. The game is also bundled with a handy competitive multiplayer mode in Metroid Prime: Blast Ball.
As for the future of the main series, Eurogamer learns from Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe that we may not see one until Nintendo's next home console (currently known as NX). On the bright side, the Eurogamer interview also solves a mystery from the epilogue from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (spoilers!).
Metroid Prime: Federation Force might not be Metroid Prime 4, but I think Nintendo might be on to a fun formula regardless. Personally I've always enjoyed co-operative games, so having a co-op experience in the Metroid universe sounds very promising. Check out some great footage below from Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 to see the game in action.