Retro Studios grabs Call of Duty: Black Ops series dev for lead engineer

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Retro Studios is loading up on talent to help bring their vision for Metroid Prime 4 to life. Most recently, they grabbed Bharathwaj ‘Bat’ Nandakumar. After a 10-year stint at Activision in which Nandakumar worked on every Call of Duty: Black Ops title, he’ll be joining the Metroid Prime 4 developer as lead engineer. He specializes in online play, tools, and gameplay programming. With tons of experience in one of the most popular FPS series in existence, Nandakumar should prove to be a great get for the game.

As Retro Studios continues to build up its reservoir of talented gaming minds to contribute to Metroid Prime 4, they’ll hopefully move through production as efficiently as possible. I obviously want them to take as much time as necessary to make a real jaw-dropper of a game, but waiting since that title card reveal in 2018 gets more and more painful every day.

It’s been way too long since we heard from Retro Studios. What they did in the nearly half-decade between the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U and their taking over of Metroid Prime 4 is largely a mystery. The more time that passes, the less likely it seems that we ever see any fruit from all of that time between games, so I’m really banking on Metroid Prime 4 being one to remember.


Nick Pearson
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