Nintendo revealed a brand-new Metroid game at their E3 2021 press conference on Tuesday, a 2D, side-scrolling action game entitled Metroid Dread for the Switch. Although the game will mark the first time a new 2D Metroid game has been released in nearly 20 years, Switch fans won’t have to wait too long for the game — Metroid Dread is scheduled for release in five months on October 8th, 2021.
Here’s the official Metroid Dread description, which confirms it as a direct sequel to Metroid Fusion, per the official Nintendo 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?
One of the more menacing new enemies in Metroid Dread for the Switch will be the “unrelenting” E.M.M.I. robots, which are former DNA-extracting research machines gone rogue.
Nintendo revealed that alongside the game, a pair of Metroid Dread amiibo would be released; the company also confirmed that Retro Studios’ Metroid Prime 4 for the Switch was still in development.
“We are working hard on Metroid Prime 4,” Nintendo’s Shinya Takahasi said in the announcement for Metroid Dread, “but today we would like to introduce a new entry to Metroid.”
A special edition for Metroid Dread will also release on October 8th, which will include the game, a steel game case, artbook, and art cards covering all 5 games in the 2D saga.
Metroid Dread‘s announcement comes as a pleasant and timely surprise, especially with the 35th anniversary of the original Metroid game approaching on August 6th.
What do you think of the Metroid Dread for the Switch reveal? Will you be picking the game up to celebrate Metroid‘s 35th anniversary? Let us know in the comments.