Anyone who had hopes that Nintendo would show new scenes from Metroid Prime 4 on its E3 Direct was disappointed. But the Japanese unpacked a completely different series surprise.
While the work on Metroid 4 continues – at least that has been officially confirmed – and otherwise nothing of the game was to be seen, Nintendo surprisingly announced another new series part: Metroid Dread. And the best thing about it: You don’t have to wait long for this one.
Directly to the announcement of Metroid Dread the release date was mentioned: The game will be released on October 8, 2021. 2D Metroid fans who have been waiting for such an announcement for a long time will get their money’s worth. Metroid Dread will be the first 2D Metroid in around 19 years. Metroid: Samus Returns came closest to such a title in 2017 on Nintendo 3DS – it was a remake of the 1991 Game Boy title Metroid 2: Return of Samus.
What is Metroid Dread about? According to Nintendo, the title starts and continues after the events of Metroid Fusion (2002, Game Boy Advance). On the planet ZDR, Samus is investigating a mysterious transmission to the Galactic Federation. A lot of action-packed platformer gameplay seems to await you there.
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The game will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first Metroid on August 6th. To match the new game, there will also be two amiibo figures for the upcoming Metroid Dread over the course of the year.