Everything you need to know about Metroid Prime: Federation.
Metroid Prime Federation Force
Next Level Games
Genre:First Person Shooter
Release Date:JP: June 2016, NA: 2016, EU: 2016
Metroid Prime Federation Force is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game that blends shoot ’em up action with a kind of new sports title. The game is being developed by Next Level Games and Nintendo and is a spin-off of the Metroid Prime series. This game was announced at E3 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS and was met with an outcry of anger and disappointment almost at once. The game has players assuming the role of a Galactic Federation Marine much in the same vein as what we saw in Metroid Prime Hunters. The sports aspect of this title is a multiplayer game known as Blast Ball that has been packed into the larger title. The outrage from the fans over Federation Force seems to have centered around the game, not containing the much-loved central character Samus.
The public showed its anger over the game in some different ways. Fans of the long-running series even lodged their unhappiness by registering 10s of thousands on “dislikes” on YouTube. By the end of 2015, the announcement video had racked up more than 83,000 dislikes. While the absence of Samus Aran was a huge factor in the outrage, the graphics quality of what was shown off at the announcement drew scorn as well. Fans of the series were also reportedly annoyed that the game has a focus on first person shooter combat over exploration. Finally, the lack of any single player story mode enraged traditionalists who had been with the series from the beginning. There were even petitions issued asking Nintendo to cancel the game rather than attempt to change anything to appease the fans.
Metroid Prime Federation Force is being worked on by Next Level Games alongside Nintendo. Next Level is best known for working on games like Super Mario Strikers, Mario Strikers Charged, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Punch-Out.
The leading producer of Metroid Prime Federation Force is Kensuke Tanabe, who has worked on and produced all of the previous Metroid Prime titles in the series. Tanabe said during the unveiling of the game that he came up with a title that is centered around the Galactic Federation while working on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The producer said he wanted to expand the Metroid Prime universe by showing it from the perspective of the Galactic Federation’s Marines in a military shooter the likes of which fans of the long-running series had not seen before.
The development team has said that they initially talked about making Metroid Prime Federation Force for the Wii U. After a great deal of discussion spanning several months about the game, both Next Level and Nintendo decided it would be better if they published it for the 3DS. Next Level’s familiarity with the handheld device was a significant factor in the final decision. Originally, the game was planned as a launch title for the new version of the 3DS, but the development plan had to be pushed back for the title.
Despite Samus not being in the game at launch, there has been quite a bit of talk from the development team that the Amiibo for the character could have some functionality in the title. The developers have not shed any light on what that functionality is going to be. Nintendo and Next Level have said the game will be playable on all versions of the Nintendo 3DS but will have the best playability on the New 3DS as it will be able to take advantage of the new C button.
The game has been announced as having different launch dates depending on what region it is being launched. Metroid Prime Federation Force will come to North America first, as it is expected to land in late spring. The game will then go live in Japan in June of 2016 and will launch in Europe later in the summer.
Because the game is a multiplayer only title, the Metroid Prime Federation Force does not have a fully flushed out story behind the title. Players are taking on the role of Federation soldiers as they battle in teams of up to four players against alien enemies. These teams will be going through missions that will give them various rewards though it appears this is more like a wave feature than an actual story laid out in front of the players.
The game has two very distinct gameplay modes. There is the first player shooter game that has teams of actual players of up to four people. The game has players go through some different missions that have players go through enemy infested bases. The soldiers will be able to use the most traditional weapons that have been seen in previous versions of the series. There will also be mods and other weapons that can be picked up along the way. While the game takes advantage of the dual sticks, it will also be taking advantage of the Nintendo 3DS gyroscope for aiming shots.
The other mode included in Metroid Prime: Federation Force is a sports game called Blast Ball. Blast Ball is a 3-on-3 contest that plays and feels a bit like soccer that takes place in the Metroid universe. Players in Federation Force can play a pickup game of Blast Ball at various times throughout play. The way to win this sport is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal, and this is also a multiplayer feature that allows for real live players to forge a kind of strategy on both offense and defense. You can not only decide the way you want your team to line up as well as how agressive you want your team to be in their playstyle.
As of March 2016, the development team has not talked about which characters are going to be included in Federation Force. The only character that has been explicitly discussed is Samus, who is not featured in the title.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game