While we didn't get any tangible news at E3, some of Nintendo's higher-ups have hinted at possible announcements for side-scrolling and 3D Metroids in the not-too-distant future. And while, yes, I'm aware that I complained recently about the series seemingly being dead and buried, now that I know that I can't help but have that feeling of dread (no pun intented). I mean, Nintendo as a whole seem pretty happy with what Other M did for the series (they would be the only ones, though), to such an extent that it has fueled fan speculation that the Prime series were tacitly de-canonized for years. This despite the only acclaim the game ever got being among Japanese reviewers - contrary to popular belief, Other M flopped just as hard in Japan in terms of sales as any other game that's not in the original trilogy. Heck, even from the first trailer way back then, I could tell "this isn't Metroid", even when no one had any idea there would be so much character assassination, for both Samus and Adam, on the menu.
So as you can see, as we get closer and closer to Samus' return in action I'm pretty dang terrified at the idea things won't get much better for her. The good news is that Yoshio Sakamoto, who's largely responsible for basically every aspect of Other M (even the terrible English voice acting, which he directed), is permanently out of the picture, as he says he's not interested in coming back to traditional games. And after seeing these choice quotes from him, it's the best thing ever:
In this game, I want to depict the emotions of a woman called Samus.
The way we'd been working previously, it would have been impossible for
us to depict a woman's world.
Depicting the story of Samus Aran in this game was one of the most
important game design concepts from the very beginning because before
Other M I did not think about what kind of person Samus Aran was and how
she thinks and her personality….Plus because of the existence of the
Metroid Prime series many people might have different ideas about what
kind of person Samus Aran was….So with Other M I really wanted to
determine and express what kind of human Samus Aran is so that we can
really tell what kind of natural step she should be taking in the
Fuck this man. I can hardly believe he was behind such games as Super, Fusion and Zero Mission. Speaking of Fusion, the only thing Other M did right was make me appreciate it that much more. I wasn't a big Fusion fan for the longest time, but then Other M came around as a game that nullified what was good about Fusion and amplified everything else, making it much clearer to me what Fusion's strengths are.
Problem is, though, misogyny (as seen by Westerners, at least) is still considered normal and part of everyday life in Japan (which may imply Sakamoto isn't the only one with the kind of train of thought featured above), so any attempt at a more story-driven Metroid game from a Japanese studio may be just as ill-fated as Other M was. Of course they might just say "fuck story-driven games, let's return to what Metroid is REALLY about", which would be a huge step up... a guy can dream, huh?
Still, it's hard to do worse than a game whose best known deconstruction is large enough to fill an entire book, so let's hope things are done getting worse before they get better.