A small mention was given to Metroid Prime 4 at E3 2019 in an interview between Kensuke Tanabe and Eurogamer. While the focus of the interview was the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3 (a project that Tanabe-san is also producing) Eurogamer did ask if the Prime 4 Producer had an update for its fans. Tanabe response was that the focus for him at E3 2019 was to promote Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Tanabe: I shouldn’t say, it’s a little tricky… To be completely honest, at this E3 I just want people to pay attention to Luigi. If I mention something about Metroid Prime 4, people will focus on that. But when the time comes, I am so ready to talk about it!
Back in January 2019, Shinya Takahashi of Nintendo confirmed that Metroid Prime 4 had restarted development, and was now being worked on by Retro Studios, and produced by Kensuke Tanabe. At the time, he was quoted to say that it “will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress“.
While it’s likely to be a while until we hear more about the state of Prime 4’s development, we can only speculate what Mr. Tanabe meant by Metroid Prime 4 being “a little tricky” and that he “shouldn’t say”. Fingers crossed that Metroid Prime 4 under Retro Studios is moving more smoothly after its restarted development, than before!