The next, controversial entry in the Metroid series, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, will be released on Nintendo 3DS this spring, producer Kensuke Tanabe announced during today's Nintendo Direct presentation.
Federation Force will focus on the battle between the Galactic Federation and the Space Pirates, Tanabe said. The game, which was announced at last year's E3, is being co-developed by Nintendo and Next Level Games, the developer behind Punch-Out!! for Wii and Super Mario Strikers. Tanabe said the game has been in development in some form since 2009, when it started as a Nintendo DSi title.
The multiplayer-focused title will see players taking on archetypes as they play, collect gear and customize their character. Roles, like warrior and healer, will be available to players as they battle enemies.
Tanabe said that Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which was met with harsh reception last year, is "a game that absolutely belongs in the Metroid universe — that I promise."