In an interview with Gamepro, Michael Kelbaugh, President and CEO of Retro Studios, revealed that the next Metroid Prime game will not feature online play capabilities on Wii. “It’s something we talked about early on, but we only have so many resources. We opted to devote those resources to making a better single-player experience,” he said.
As for the game’s delay, Kelbaugh had this to say: “Well, there was never a set date for the game’s release, but there was a target date. Mr. Iwata challenged us last fall to make this equal to, if not exceeding, the Zelda experience. And he said he would support it by giving us more time. It was, ‘Here’s the bar. What is it going to take to reach it?’ And the obvious answer was, ‘Well, we’re going to need more time.’ And he agreed.”
Finally, he touched on the future of the franchise. “We knew from the get-go that Corruption was the end of a trilogy. We knew from a design sense and the story that we were putting the button on the Prime franchise for the time being,” he said. “It’s time to put the breaks on the Prime situation. But, of course, Metroid is a very strong I.P., there’s no way they’re going to put it to bed.”