After Retro Studios last game was quite successful and how poorly the latest Metroid compared to the Metroid Prime series and with the possibility that Nintendo wants to continue with Star Fox franchise, this rumor could have some ground, but still skepticism never hurts.
Retro Studios wanted to develop a new ip that involved 3rd person sci-fi action with intense aerial combat so apparently were leaning towards taking the Star Fox helm.
Nintendo sees Retro Studios as a very competent developer and worked with them in creating the hybrid title of Star Fox – Metroid: Fusion Saga.
The title has multiple gameplay mechanics and needed a wide staff of talent to incorporate the many ideas.
The story begins as you control Fox McCloud and the Star Fox team on deep space mission in your Arwing, flying through a Meteos-like stage. As you enter a light speed warp, there’s a collision with an orange ship (Samus’) and the game continues with you now plummeting to a planet as Samus in her craft. You’re in mild control of her ship, using the Wii U controller to look around and touch screen press the lit up buttons to prepare for impact (while the TV stays locked on what you see out of the cockpit). You’re now on land, as a “yet again” stripped down Samus Aran with the most basic of weapon abilities, in first person perspective, traversing through this unknown planet.
The game switches off between intense Arwing space and planetary battles as Fox makes his way to the planet that Samus crashed on and a Metroid Prime-like experience of gameplay as Samus on this planet, gradually uncovering its mysteries, leveling up, etc.
The Star Fox stages represent what the series is best known for, including the chatter and coming to the aid of the rest of your team, all range mode battles, and on rails stages.
The Metroid part of the game puts you alone, void of human or any talking character contact, and like the Prime series, sees you gaining upgrades, battling bosses, and in this case, repairing your ship.
The game is said to be epic in size, scope, ambition.
The pacing has been set as where you are able to control more of the Star Fox sections or the Metriod sections, since both franchises are quite different. Star Fox is more often known for being acceptable to have short sessions with and Metroid rather the opposite. But you will eventually have to complete both, as the characters will ultimately meet up.
Bing able to control Samus’ ship and fly it Star Fox style.
Fox McCloud will also be controllable by foot (both the above and this bullet point represent a period in the game after the two sides meet up) and be played via 3rd person perspective. Following Jet Force Gemini styke with Fox’s known agility as he’s showned to havie in the Smash Bros. series.
It is a tentative title, the idea behind the name of “Fusion Saga” is both a play on the fact that it is 2 series are fusing together into one game and a storyline behind Andross using Metroids to enhance himself, his army, etc.
Star Fox – Metroid: Fusion Saga is wholly a satisfying adventure game as Samus, an equally electrifying aerial combat game as Fox, and something that delivers an exciting, special change that fans will love.
Star Fox was being considered to have 4 player co-op online, but instead the game might only have leaderboards for time and percent complete for all parts of the game and multiplayer will be versus mode based.
Quite a big rumor, if true, expect it to be announced at E3.