E3 2021: Metroid Dread Announced

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

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Metroid Dread has been announced for the Nintendo Switch and is slated for an October 8th, 2021 release.

Metroid Dread | e3 footage 1

The hunter becomes the hunted once again…

During their E3 2021 presentation, Nintendo announced Metroid Dread, a new 2D entry and the first original 2D Metroid in roughly 19 years. Also dubbed Metroid 5, from the few minutes of footage provided, this title takes place after Metroid Fusion and will once again push Samus to her limits as she faces off against near impossible odds.

Metroid Dread | classic metroid platforming

It wouldn’t be Metroid without that intense platforming

Samus must endure a new enemy, the E.M.M.I. seemingly impervious robots gone rampant and forcing Samus to use abilities and terrain to outrun them and hide. The throwback to Metroid Fusion is alluded to with some heart-pounding platforming, and looks to be improved upon with the brief showing of a new ability which allows Samus to camouflage herself from an E.M.M.I’s detection.

Metroid Dread | gameplay - camouflage

Not just running away, but avoid detection altogether

But of course, it’s not just about running and hiding, it looks like there will be plenty of old school blasting of baddies with an ever growing arsenal of weapons and abilities. Newer additions, such as the melee dash and free aim seen in the Metroid 2 remake, look like they’re also making a return.

Metroid Dread | fire away

Metroid Dread | amiibo

Metroid Dread inspired amiibo have also been announced

With gameplay footage packed with fast-paced action and some serious platforming, Metroid Dread looks like it’s shaping up to be every bit as innovative and frantically epic as it’s predecessors.

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