In a new interview with the famed Castlevania game designer Koji Igarashi, he seems more than a bit keen to give a Metroid game a go.
This new interview with Igarashi over at Glixel mostly covers his upcoming game Bloodstained, which harks back to his work on a variety of classic Castlevania titles. However, towards the end of the article he touches on Metroid.
Now, Metroid is an important series when it comes to the later Castlevania games that Igarashi worked on. This is because, the Castlevania games moved away from a standard linear type of level design, to something more open ended and requiring a degree of backtracking like in Metroid.
However, Igarashi mentions that the shift to 3D in the Metroid Prime series somewhat excluded him from consideration for a new 2D Metroid game, as he explains, “Nintendo is very careful about protecting their IPs and making any changes to their games. Around the time that I was proving that I could do multiple titles and do them well, Nintendo had shifted to Metroid Prime and they were having success turning their 2D games into 3D. So they probably decided from that point on that Metroid was going to be a 3D game series, and by that rationale, my style of games didn’t really fit their criteria. That would be my guess.”
As to whether Igarashi wants to make a new Metroid, when asked he simply said, “I would be incredibly honored.”
Personally, I cannot think of someone better to do a classic 2D Metroid game. Igarashi clearly understands the design requirements for the series and gets 2D level design in a way that is sadly quite rare these days.
The other thing that I took away from this interview is how refreshingly humble and honest Igarashi is. Considering how many game “creators” believe their own hype, it’s nice to see some genuine humility for a change.
At the very least though, we need a new 2D Metroid game and the fact that the 3DS doesn’t have one is something that Igarashi seems more than happy to correct.
Disclosure: I have not backed the crowd funding campaign for Bloodstained.
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