Deus Ex Composer Joins Nintendo’s Retro Studios, Stoking Hopes For A New Metroid

by Nathan Birch

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What’s Nintendo’s Retro Studios up to? The Austin Texas-based developer best known for the Metroid Prime series hasn’t released a new game since 2014’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and, naturally, fans have been madly speculating about what they may be working on next. We’ve heard murmurs they’re heading back to Metroid, but then again, we’ve also heard the exact opposite. Where does the truth lie?

Well, NeoGAF poster OBias may have found a small, but crucial, clue. It seems veteran composer Alexander Brandon, who’s worked on games like Deus Ex, Alpha Protocol, and Unreal Tournament has gone to work at Retro Studios.

Here’s what Brandon had to say about his new job in a recent Facebook post:

“Y'all should know what's up. I'm currently working with Retro Studios here in Austin. As much as I'd like to say more (except the work is incredibly exciting and the team is awesome), I can't.”

Okay, so a guy who’s known for sci-fi soundtracks is now working for Retro. Aside from perhaps proving they aren’t doing another Donkey Kong Country, that doesn’t mean much on his own. Ah, but here’s where it gets interesting -- it turns out Brandon is also a super big Metroid fan!

According to an interview, it was Metroid that inspired Brandon to get into making video game music and he even got a chance to interview Hip Tanaka, the original composer of Metroid. So yeah, I’d say this guy definitely has all the bonafides to compose music for a new Metroid Prime game.

Of course, this is all still very much in the realm of rumor. Retro Games could be working on a new StarTropics game for all we know! Hopefully, we’ll learn more at this year’s E3.