Metroid Dread announced for Switch, launching October 8

A new Metroid title is on the way, and it’s not the delayed Metroid Prime 4. Metroid Dread, a fifth entry in the original series, will be making its way to the Switch on October 8, 2021.

Metroid Dread continues after the events of Metroid Fusion, as Samus explores the infested planet ZDR. Dealing with new alien lifeforms and seemingly invincible “E.M.M.I.” robots, she makes her way into the depths of the planet following a signal from the Galactic Federation.

Developed by MercurySteam (who previously worked on Metroid: Samus Returns for the 3DS), Dread features lots of classic 2D exploration and alien blasting. Samus has a lineup of beam and missile attacks, plus melee counters and free aiming from Samus Returns. Her movement has also been enhanced, adding in a slide and magnetic wall-crawling — with the full game potentially having even more new moves.

Producer Yoshio Sakamoto went into more detail about the development of Metroid Dread, stating that Nintendo had originally wanted to create the game 15 years ago, but couldn’t due to hardware limitations at the time.

A £79.99 Special Edition is available for pre-order now via the Nintendo Store, alongside standard physical and digital versions of the game.

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