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New Metroid title Metroid Dread coming to Switch this October (MercurySteam)

Nintendo has announced a new Metroid title that will be arriving this October and it is titled Metroid Dread. It’s set to be a new side scrolling adventure from the developers behind Metroid: Samus Returns at MercurySteam and it is due for release on the 8th October. The game should tide fans over due to the ongoing development of Metroid Prime 4 at Retro Studios. The company also announced that two new amiibo will launch alongside the game.

Join intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran in her first new 2D Metroid story in 19 years

Samus’ story continues after the events of the Metroid™ Fusion game when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR?

Face off against unrelenting E.M.M.I. robots

Once DNA-extracting research machines, the imposing E.M.M.I. are now hunting Samus down. Tensions are high as you evade these E.M.M.I. to avoid a cruel death while finding a way to take them down. Find out what turned these robotic wonders into the scourge of ZDR and escape with your life.

Feel Samus’ power grow as you gain maneuvers and abilities

Acquire new and familiar abilities as you traverse the many environments of this dangerous world. Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. Return to areas and use your new abilities to find upgrades, alternate paths, and a way forward. Explore the sprawling map, evade and destroy E.M.M.I. robots, and overcome the dread plaguing ZDR.

15 comments

  1. Holy crap. Not only is it a new 2D Metroid but they actually named it Metroid Dread.

    Ok, I’m happy.

  2. Looks like the name has finally come true after all these years. Remember In an interview with IGN regarding Metroid: Other M during E3 2009, Yoshio Sakamoto revealed that the idea for Metroid Dread still existed within his mind, and that he may someday decide to make the game as a 2D side scrolling game. but now it has finally existed.

  3. Friggin Hell YEAH! Never thought they’d actually make Dread a thing, and they’ve got the atmosphere perfectly. That erie ambient forebrooding music, the sense of something always watching you, the dark and grim theme, Ughh it’s just too good. Hands down Nintendo dominated E3 this year.

    1. On a separate note I’m very happy Sakamoto acknowledged that Dread will be the end of the series. One of my biggest concerns was that Nintendo would either leave the series in the dust and unfinished or keep on trying to milk and modernize it to get new fans. I would’ve been very disappointed if that was the case but it’s good to know that the series will finally come to an end.

      1. ehhhhhh We’ll see about that. Nintendo has never been one to let yesterday’s plans interfere with today’s plans. If in 5 years someone over there figures out some neat way to use a new hardware feature in a Metroid game, I don’t think they’d hesitate for a moment walking this back.

      2. He never said it was an end to the series- he only said it would the “end of that story arc”, said arc probably being Samus and the Metroids being inextricably linked. After all, Metroids went “extinct” four times in the series:

        -Metroid II: the xenocide on SR388, until one hatched in front of Samus and, deciding not to kill something that was just born, she brought it back with her

        -Super Metroid: Samus wiping out the Metroids on Zebes, culminating with the infant Metroid from Return of Samus sacrificing itself to save her and then the entire planet self-destructing, killing any that might have remained

        -Other M: Metroids were cloned by the Federation using remains of the infant found on her suit after the events of Super Metroid, these ones supposedly being unfreezable, all being destroyed when Adam detached and self-destructed Sector Zero, and possibly more later with the full destruction of the Bottle Ship

        -Fusion: Metroids were again cloned and bred in secret by the Federation on the B.S.L. station, the restricted lab, the Metroids, and an SA-X all destroyed when it detached and self-destructed; however, one escaped and matured to its omega form, serving as the final obstacle between Samus and her escaping the doomed station

        I’m expecting Metroids to have once again somehow been brought back from extinction for Dread, but if this is “the end of the story arc”, it might just mean this will truly be the last time Metroids are encountered. It doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the series; there can be more games set earlier in the timeline or games can be set after Dread and just not feature Metroids. So far the only Metroid game in which Metroids don’t actually appear is Metroid Prime Hunters, they do however, feature a “cousin” of the Metroids called Quatroids.

        1. Like I said in the past, with Metroid DNA being apart of her genetic make-up now, she’s quite literally become Metroid; provided she remains the only being with the DNA. So no need to bring the titular species itself back. The “Can Metroid crawl?” meme has a whole new meaning now. Lol So they can continue the franchise after Fusion (Dread if Metroids make another appearance in this game).

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