The biggest surprise announcement of Nintendo's E3 2017 Spotlight presentation was one that many fans hadn't even dared hope for: a new Metroid Prime game for the Switch.

We only got a brief glimpse of Metroid Prime 4, but that tease was enough to get fans clamouring for more. Here's what we know so far.

When is Metroid Prime 4 coming out?

Don't expect it any time soon. Nintendo only revealed a brief teaser of the game at E3 2017, confirming only that the game is in development for the Switch.

Since several other games during the presentation were shown off with footage and given 2018 release dates, it stands to reason that Metroid Prime 4 is further off - expect to see it some time in 2019.

How can I pre-order Metroid Prime 4?

If you're so inclined, you can already pre-order the game from Game in the UK - but with the release so far off, we'd probably hold off for now.

What will the gameplay be like?

Well, we don't really know. The teaser only include a logo and some suitably moody music, rather than actual game footage, so we don't know for sure what to expect.

The original Metroid Prime trilogy, released across the Gamecube and Wii, was a series of first-person shooters set in the Metroid universe. You play as the bounty hunter Samus Aran, exploring alien worlds, unlocking new abilities, and fighting enemies including Space Pirates and the titular Metroids.

The series put a lot of emphasis on exploration and scanning the environment, while also building up the backstory around Samus's relationship with other bounty hunters and the Galactic Federation, so expect to see more development there too.

Nintendo has confirmed that original developers Retro Studios aren't working on Metroid Prime 4, but longtime producer Kensuke Tanabe will be overseeing the game together with a “talented new development team.”