Retro Studios Hires Former Call Of Duty Developer

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Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4

Following the restart of the Metroid Prime 4 development activities, Retro Studios has appointed various leading figures from other companies.

Today, the arrival of Bharathwaj Nandakumar, a former member of the Treyarch staff in the elaboration of various games of the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, was announced.

Commonly known as “Bat,” he was involved in the Black Ops series from its first edition to the most recent. He was getting started as director of data management and analysis in the first series of games.

His status in the company rose over time, reaching the role of chief engineer of Black Ops 4 in its version for PC, having the burden of making the transfer to Blizzard’s platform. Specialized in gameplay development, you will see new airs inside Retro Studios. It is a company that has taken the gigantic job of restarting the production of Metroid Prime 4

Bat Nandakumar joins a team of notable authors from other projects. It includes artistic director Jhony Ljungstedt, known for his work on Battlefield V, veteran Halo series artist Kyle Hefley, and Stephen Dupree, who returns to retro after two years of absence.

Retro Studios Has Made Several Luxury Signings

It is important to note that Retro Studios has made several vital signings in recent months. So it looks like Metroid Prime 4 will have a well-armed team behind it.

What we mean is that Kyle Herfley, a creative who worked on Halo. This studio has already hired him. On the other hand, it is also a fact that Jhony Ljungstedt, art director for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and Battlefield V is going to collaborate on the project.

On the other hand, we also know that Stephen Dupree. He is a designer who worked on Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze returned to Retro Studios in 2019 after a couple of years of absence.

Metroid Prime 4 is in development for the Nintendo Switch. Many staff members who worked on Metroid Prime 3 will be there to do the fourth part along with the new signings. All under the command of Kensuke Tanabe.

As one of the longest-running producers at the Japanese house, Bat Nandakumar had multiple roles at the company, from screenwriter to data analyst. According to, this developer joined Retro Studios in April of this year, occupying the position of Principal Engineer.

Retro Studios is part of these work teams, and Tanabe took the personal responsibility of starting this project from scratch, after a bad relationship with the former developers.

It is worth mentioning that, at the moment, it is unknown what project Nandakumar is working within Retro Studios. With that said, the only game in development we know the studio is working on is Metroid Prime 4. Chances are, it is good that he would join in on the new Samus adventure.

Image Credits; Nintendo

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David Porter

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