Following its E3 reveal, Nintendo has shared some extra details for Metroid Dread. The game acts as a direct sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion and is considered the final entry in a five part saga of 2D games that began with the original Metroid in 1986.
It’s set on a brand new, mysterious planet and features all the classic hallmarks of a 2D Metroid game, as Samus explores her surroundings while evading the new E.M.M.I. robots.
The game is already available for pre-order and fans can also buy a special edition that also comes with a steelbook case, a 190-page 2D Metroid franchise artbook, and five cards that feature box art from all five games.
Metroid Prime 4 was a no-show but fans have a brand new 2D game to look forward to later this year, called Metroid Dread.
Given some of the development troubles it has suffered, it was always unlikely that Metroid Prime 4 would have a major presence at E3 this year. But Metroid fans have been thrown a bone in the form of a new 2D game.
Titled Metroid Dread, it features bounty hunter Samus Aran in a newly designed power suit running through some sort of facility, facing a brand new robot enemy referred to as E.M.M.I.
Nintendo didn’t say who the developer is but it’s likely that it’s MercurySteam, the team responsible for the Metroid 2 remake on Nintendo 3DS. Samus even seems to share some of the same melee counter moves from that game. [Update: MercurySteam themselves have now confirmed they’re developing the game.]
Metroid Dread was also the name of a rumoured game from the Game Boy Advance era, which was never officially announced and quickly gained mythical status amongst fans.
Details are still thin on the ground, but Metroid Dread is scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch on October 8, alongside a twin pack of amiibo: one of Samus and one of E.M.M.I.
As for Metroid Prime 4, it was acknowledged during the presentation, but just to assure fans that development was still ongoing. So it’s definitely not ready to release any time soon.
Metroid Dread releases on Nintendo Switch on October 8.
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