With the revelation that a Metroid game was close to materialising on the Nintendo 64, it's almost a mirror image of the elusive Metroid Dread that's supposed to be on the DS. Series co-creator, Yoshiro Sakamoto, has recently shed some light on it and we could be back to square one before we've even lifted our foot off it.
Speaking to Games™ magazine, Sakamoto talks about the existence of the title that was supposed to have started development a long time ago, and where it stands today:
I cannot deny the existence of such a project in the past but cannot say if it will be what I move onto next or not. I’m sorry but we would like to keep that game a mystery. After all, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding Dread. And my hope, if at all possible, is to reset the situation at once and start from scratch.
Sounds very possible that development didn't progress very far, hence the preference to starting over. It's interesting to know that with the making of Metroid: Other M, Sakamoto has clearly been a very busy man. So busy in fact, that he hardly knows anything about the much-talked-about 3DS:
...when it comes to the 3DS, I have to admit that I have virtually no sufficient knowledge of the hardware. I was not able to think about making any games for 3DS myself but now that Other M is complete that’s something I have to start thinking about as soon as possible... You know, toward the end of Other M’s development I didn’t even get to go to the Nintendo offices, so there was no way for me to get access to the 3DS.
Might we see Metroid Dread developed for the 3DS instead? We'll have to wait and see.