Retro Studios made a name for themselves by transforming Nintendo’s beloved Metroid series from 2D to 3D with the Prime Trilogy, then later moved on to revitalizing the Donkey Kong Country brand. However, since the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in 2014, the studio has remained almost entirely silent. Whatever they have in the works is taking quite a while, and they’re looking for more help to bring it to fruition.
Nintendo has been trickling out hiring ads for Retro throughout the quiet period, but over the last month, they’ve really increased their demand. Since December 13th, five different hiring ads have gone out for Retro Studios. The Austin, Texas-based developer is seeking to recruit a VFX Artist, a Physics Engineer, an Art Director, a Technical Artist, and most recently, a Graphics Engineer.
So what could Retro be working on? Last year we reported that a Retro writer mentioned non-linear storytelling and world-building on a LinkedIn profile. We’ve also heard rumors of a Star Fox racing game and a canceled project. All of this remains unconfirmed, as Nintendo and Retro are both being as secretive a possible about the project or projects they have in development.