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E3 2021: Metroid Dread announced for Nintendo Switch

By Jack Taylor – 15 June 2021

Metroid Dread - the fifth original 2D Metroid title - has been announced for Nintendo Switch and will launch this October.

Announced during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2021, Metroid Dread - also referred to as "Metroid V" in the trailer - is coming to Nintendo Switch. Dread is the fifth entry in the 2D Metroid storyline and is developed by MercurySteam, the team behind Metroid: Samus Returns for Nintendo 3DS.

Metroid Dread follows Samus as she faces off against E.M.M.I. robots, a dangerous new mechanical threat who are almost impervious to everything Samus throws at them - which means the only option is to run.

The full game description from Nintendo is below.

Metroid Dread: The first 2D Metroid game with a new story in 19 years is coming this year to Nintendo Switch. Metroid Dread is a direct sequel to 2002’s Metroid Fusion game and concludes the five-part saga focusing on the strange, interconnected fates of bounty hunter Samus and the Metroids, which kicked off with the original Metroid game for NES. In this game, Samus heads alone to a mysterious remote planet and is hunted by a dangerous new mechanical threat, the E.M.M.I. robots. By gaining abilities, you can return to areas you’ve already visited to find new places and hidden upgrades in classic Metroid gameplay. Explore the sprawling map, evade the E.M.M.I. robots and overcome the dread plaguing the planet when Metroid Dread launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 8. Pre-orders for the game start today! The Metroid Dread: Special Edition will also be available at launch, which includes the game, a steelbook, a 190-page 2D Metroid franchise artbook and five cards that feature box art from all the games in the five-part saga. Finally, a new Samus amiibo figure featuring her suit from Metroid Dread and an E.M.M.I. amiibo figure will be available in a two-pack set at launch.

Metroid Dread

Published by Nintendo
Developed by MercurySteam