Could Retro Studios be in trouble? There have been some anonymous users over on a website called Glassdoor coming forward about Retro Studios. Glassdoor is a website where people can spill secrets about their work environment. Current and ex-employees of Retro Studios have stated that upper-management is a major issue with the company. They also stated that half the studio is afraid of being shut down by Nintendo. Keep in mind, none of these comments could be true, so take everything with a grain of salt. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
“Half the team is expecting Nintendo to shut it down and the other half is hoping Nintendo sees the elephant in the room and changes management.”
A former anonymous employee gave Retro a 1/5, mentioning that a substantial amount of the employees are expecting Nintendo to shut down the company. Another review, published in 2012, calls Retro Studios a “shadow of its former self,” and notes that they made “terrible decisions” after the Metroid Prime trilogy. A third negative review published is from April. The user claims they worked at Retro for more than five years and goes on to talk about the company’s bad management and little-to-none employee empowerment.
You can check out the images of the anonymous reviews below.
Retro Studios has made a name as one of the best first-party studios under the Nintendo wing. The studio developed the incredible Metroid Prime trilogy on the Nintendo Gamecube and Wii. Every title in the trilogy received major critical acclaim from a slew of outlets around the web. After that, the developer went on to take the reigns of the Donkey Kong franchise with Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U. The latest title from Retro Studios is the Nintendo Switch port of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze that released about a month ago. Here’s what we had to say about it.
“The gorgeous art design, bright graphics, and smooth animations are all still intact and improved by the higher resolution in docked mode. Controls are still sharp and make the tough platforming achievable. Being able to play as Funky Kong provides a more accessible way into Donkey Kong’s world as well as adding a more laid back way for experienced players to revisit the game. -Steve Clist”
You can check out our full written review here, or watch our video review below.
After the announcement of the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4, many were shocked over the lack of Retro Studios involvement with the action-adventure title. This is truly puzzling to me, and the only reason why I believe these anonymous users on Glassdoor might actually be legit. Luckily, Nintendo’s Bill Trinen revealed that Metroid Prime 4 is being built by a “talented new development team” and will still be overseen by longtime series producer Kensuke Tanabe. Other than that, he didn’t say much else — but Trinen did confirm the game is still a first-person adventure and is set to launch sometime “beyond 2017″.
What’s next for Retro Studios?
With Retro not working on Metroid Prime 4 and Tropical Freeze now in the rearview mirror, then that means the studio is currently dormant or they’re working on something new — let’s hope for the latter. Hell, maybe Retro is working on that rumored Star Fox racing title that sites were reporting on pre-E3 2018. Or possibly that rumored horror game that is supposedly a brand new IP? I’ll take either of those over the cancellation of the company. Retro’s demise would break my heart. I’m still trying to get over Microsoft’s closing of Lionhead Studios.
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