After 19 long years, 2D Metroid is finally making its return. Metroid Dread has been something of an urban legend for over a decade, with multiple sources reporting on its development while Nintendo refused to confirm or deny its existence. During today’s E3 event Nintendo made the legend a reality, not only confirming Metroid Dread’s existence but announcing that it will be out for the Switch on October 8th.
The new game will continue the 2D Metroid story which began back in 1986 with Metroid. Picking up where Metroid Fusion left off Nintendo claims it “concludes the five-part saga focusing on the strange, interconnected fates of bounty hunter Samus and the Metroids.” Exactly what that means for Samus is unclear, but the promise of a conclusion makes Metroid Dread a must-play for fans of the franchise.
Gameplay will feature classic Metroid action as players will explore a dangerous planet, searching for powerups that will help them survive and reach new areas. However, Metroid Dread adds a new element borrowed from the horror genre: a robotic threat called E.M.M.I. that relentlessly hunts the player. Metroid has always had one foot in horror, but Dread seems to be doubling down on this with these new, seemingly invulnerable, enemies and the release trailer’s direct homage to Aliens.
Pre-orders for Metroid Dread are available now with the game releasing for the Nintendo Switch on October 8th. A Metroid Dread: Special Edition and two new Amiibos will also be available at launch.