E3 2021: Finally, a new Metroid game!

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Nintendo Direct’s E3 2021 livestream was one (if not the best) of the better showcases for this year’s E3, with no shortage of surprises and fan-favorite announcements. One of the biggest surprises for this Direct is… FINALLY, A NEW METROID GAME!

Metroid Dread is the new game from Nintendo and MercurySteam, the same developers responsible for Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS. Dread is an entirely new Metroid game in the same 2D platforming Metroidvania style, but rendered in 3DCG.

Dread introduces new elements new to the Metroid series. The most prominent is Samus being stalked by Galactic Foundation robots called E.M.M.I., which are mostly invulnerable and will relentlessly pursue Samus when she’s spotted. The robots are also extremely sensitive to sound too, and will swiftly track any noise Samus makes.

Samus, on the other hand, has a few new tricks up her sleeve. She now has a slide dash maneuver to easily navigate tight spaces that E.M.M.I. robots can’t squeeze through. She can also activate a Phantom Cloak, which hides her presence from the robots’ scanners. One last equipment shown in the demo is the Spider Magnet, allowing Samus to climb up specific walls or scale certain ceilings. Another addition to the game is giving Samus free aim for added flexibility and accuracy in shooting down targets.

Metroid Dread is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and will be released on October 8, 2021. The Metroid Dread Samus and E.M.M.I. Amiibos will also be released on the same date.