Today (16th June – PST), 19 years since the last 2D game in the series, Nintendo announced a new 2D Metroid game at their E3 Nintendo Direct titled Metroid Dread. The game is available for pre-order now and will be released on 8th October 2021 for Nintendo Switch.
Metroid Dread will stay true to the series’ classic 2D perspective whilst having 3D graphics. According to the game’s producer, Yoshio Sakamoto, the game will see Samus on an unknown planet facing a “relentless threat”, hence the title Dread. Metroid Dread will also include new features like sliding and a melee counter to make the gameplay smoother for players.
In the Development History Video, Sakamoto revealed that the idea for the game was created 15 years ago. However, due to technological restrictions at the time, the team decided that they could not bring the concept to life and had no choice but to abandon the concept.