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What is Retro Studios up to? That's a key question for Nintendo fans. Aside from assisting in a small number of projects the Texas-based studio has been quiet since the enjoyable Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U. After a trilogy of Metroid Prime games on GameCube and Wii and then two Donkey Kong Country titles, the book is certainly open on what's next for the company.

There have been plenty of rumours, of course, though none that have seemed particularly solid. Some think it could be an all-new IP, some persist in arguing it's a Diddy Kong Racing game, and plenty wish for Metroid Prime IV. Completing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 100% unlocked an ending that hinted at a follow-up, yet what we had in 2016 was the Next Level Games-developed and divisive Metroid Prime: Federation Force on 3DS, and suggestions in some interviews at the time that another full entry isn't exactly imminent. This writer hopes that was just talk to add impact to a surprise announcement...

In any case, posters over on NeoGAF have pointed out a Facebook post by Alexander Brandon, in which he confirms that he's doing some work with Retro Studios. The segment is below.

I'm currently working with Retro Studios here in Austin. As much as I'd like to say more (except the work is incredibly exciting and the team is awesome), I can't.

Brandon has an impressive track record - including the likes of Deus Ex - and has worked on some excellent sci-fi soundtracks. Intriguingly he's a vocal Metroid fan, citing it as an inspiration that helped forge his career, and once conducted an interview with Hip Tanaka for Gamasutra.

Whatever the reality of the work at Retro Studios, we certainly hope that more will be revealed this year (at E3 or beyond).

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