Nintendo’s presentation at E3 2021 was possibly one of the most anticipated of the entire event and they did not disappoint. One surprise reveal was Metroid Dread a brand new game in the Metroid series. This will be the first 2D Metroid game in nearly 19 years!
Metroid Dread has an interesting history. It has been in development since the late 2000s when it was being made for the Nintendo DS handheld system as a direct sequel to the GameBoy title Metroid Fusion. The original game was cancelled due to ‘technical limitations’ but now after a staggering nineteen years of development hell, Metroid Dread is here.
According to Nintendo on the games page, “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?”.
During the trailer, we were given quite a lot of detail, including some awesome cinematics and gameplay that showed off the various mechanics of the game. Throughout the trailer, there is a definite sense of tension which is due to the E.M.M.I machines that were once used to extract DNA, but have now gone rogue, are hunting Samus down.
This news will no doubt thrill Metroid fans and maybe keep us going until the very much hyped Metroid 4 is released, and with the 35th anniversary of the series coming up, it feels very fitting for the series to return to its 2D roots. Alongside this surprise announcement was a release date, and we don’t have to wait long at all because Metroid Dread will be released on the Nintendo Switch on October 8th 2021!