Metroid Prime: Federation Force

It's no secret that the reaction to the reveal of Metroid Prime: Federation Force during E3 this year was somewhat negative. We even ran a talking point about the self-entitled fury which led to a petition demanding the cancellation of the game. As the petition now has over 22,000 supporters, it can safely be said that Metroid fans are feeling a little bit uneasy about the change in style for the Metroid Prime universe which this game represents.

In a recent interview with Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe, the veteran developer discussed the anticipated negative reaction to the game's announcement:

First off, I had in mind and expected that people would sort of act in a negative way when they find out that Samus was not an actual player. What I see happening is that once the players can actually have hands-on experience with the actual game, they'll be able to understand and experience for themselves how the game actually feels and that the Metroid Prime universe atmosphere is there, and the music that is used in the game is also heavily related to the Prime series of course so while people would at first say, "oh this isn't what I expected," they'll definitely understand the different perspective that we're taking here and it'll certainly make a difference once you get some experience with the game.

While it's true that Samus won't be a playable character in the game, it has now been revealed that Samus will at least feature in the game in some way:

That's for sure. You will see her in some way. I feel like that's something nice about this game. It's kind of like a mix.

Does the revelation that Samus will feature Federation Force (albeit in super deformed style, we assume) make you feel a bit more positive about this upcoming title on Nintendo's slate? As always, sound off with a comment below.