The long in the making game comes to Switch October 8
Nintendo revealed the first 2D sequel in the series since Metroid Fusion. Metroid Dread takes Samus Aran to a completely new world, with new dangers and abilities. She’ll be hunted by E.M.M.I., a murderous robot with an unknown agenda. The game will actually close out the 5-part story of Samus and the Metroids, from Metroid I all the way to Fusion, and now Dread. (The Prime games are considered spin-offs). The developer video below notes that the game was rebooted a couple of times in its long development process, before finally settling on developer MercurySteam to pick up where they left off with Samus Returns.
New and returning abilities will round out Samus’s skillset, such as the Aeion Abilities from the 3DS’s Metroid: Samus Returns remake of Metroid II. The game will have much more parkour elements, as Samus is going to be more agile than ever. The trailer shows movement over and under obstacles, with her slide becoming that much more important.
The game will arrive with a collector’s edition that includes a steelbook, art cards, and an art book, and launch alongside a two-pack of amiibo featuring Samus and an EMMI.
Metroid Dread will launch exclusively on Switch on October 8th, 2021.
Here’s the info from Nintendo’s eShop:
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.