Yoshio Sakamoto, the producer for upcoming 3DS title Metroid: Samus Returns, stated in an interview with Game Informer that if players desire more classic 2D side-scrolling Metroid games, then they should purchase “Metroid: Samus Returns” – a sentiment that many will no doubt regard as “holding the franchise hostage”.
The revenue generated by Metroid: Samus Returns will seemingly serve as the main factor over whether or not another 2D Metroid game will ever get made again (and the franchise only just recently started back up again since the atrocity that was Other M); Yoshio Sakamoto’s direct statement on the matter:
“Through the development of Metroid: Samus Returns, I was able to really grasp the possibility and fun of a 2D Metroid. Like when I finished the first game, if there is another opportunity to make another Metroid, that is something that I would love to do. Of course, that really depends on how much people really want to buy a 2D Metroid.”
Such an indirect request implies that diehard Metroid fans should purchase the game even if it turns out to be horrible – naturally it has rubbed a few fans up the wrong way:
“I will buy it. Let’s make Metroid 5.”
“I’d like to buy a new 2D Metroid, but I don’t want to buy it on 3DS…”
“Well it looks good, so that’s not gonna be a problem.”
“That’s how business works! They won’t keep making games if people don’t buy them.”
“Ah, taking even more pages from Ubisoft I see.”
“So the relentless bitching of countless posts in multiple forums begging for it for the past 15 years isn’t enough?”
“My question is, wtf took so long?”
“The interest has ALWAYS been there. They just like to ignore it. Now we gotta buy a remake just so we can finally get a real new one.”
“What do I buy to get more Other M?”
More optimistic individuals however pointed out that the 3D Metroids were known for being equally popular, though whether or not the franchise will actually receive another game if Samus Returns bombs is yet uncertain – Metroid: Samus Returns will launch for the 3DS on September 15th.