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Metroid Dread, also refered to as Metroid 5, is the fifth mainline game in the Metroid series released on the Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021, which is the same day as the Nintendo Switch OLED Model's release. It is a sequel to Metroid Fusion developed by MercurySteam and published by Nintendo. Metroid Dread is inspired from Metroid: Samus Returns gameplaywise, and is also known for its long and convoluted development history.

Gameplay

Plot

The Galactic Federation receives a mysterious transmission from an unknown source, in which an X-Parasite is seen roaming around in a planet known as ZDR. The Galactic Federation sends 7 E.M.M.I. units to investigate the planet in search fo the X-Parasite, as this units land on the planet the federation loses communication with them, with the communication lost Samus is asigned for the mission, once there she descends on an elevator, after descending she founds a living Chozo which attacks her immediatly, after a short battle, this Chozo leaves her unconscious with all her abilities lost in Artaria, where she must now return to the planet's surface.

Reception

The game has been well-received by critics. It currently has a score of "88" on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Development

The first official reference to Metroid Dread was on a 2005 internal Nintendo software list of Nintendo DS games set to release in the future. This led to speculations that it would appear at the Electronic Entertainment Expo convention of 2005 or 2006. Metroid Dread ended up being the only game on this list to never see an actual release. This caused rumors about the project that raged for years. The second official reference to Metroid Dread was in another Metroid game, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. A line in the game state that "Experiment status report update: Metroid project 'Dread' is nearing the final stages of completion". This was in 2007 and led to further speculation.

in 2010, Yoshio Sakamoto confirmed that Metroid Dread had existed, but that it was cancelled and that it would need to be redone from scratch if Nintendo decided to go back on it. He later denied that both Metroid: Other M, released in 2010, and Metroid: Samus Return, released in 2017, were related to Dread. Finally, Metroid Dread was rebooted by MercurySteam and was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive during E3 2021.

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