Metroid Dread is an action-adventure game for the Nintendo Switch that was released on October 8, 2021. It was developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo.
Players take control of bounty hunter Samus Aran as she investigates the source of a mysterious transmission on the planet ZDR, set after the events of Metroid Fusion (2002). It incorporates stealth elements while maintaining the side-scrolling gameplay of previous 2D Metroid games.
Dread was conceived for the Nintendo DS in the mid-2000s by Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto, but development was halted due to technical issues. Industry insiders expressed enthusiasm for a new 2D Metroid game, and Dread was included on their “most wanted” lists.
Sakamoto tapped MercurySteam to create Dread, the first original side-scrolling Metroid game since Metroid Fusion, following their work on Metroid: Samus Returns in 2017. Nintendo made the announcement at the E3 2021 conference.
Metroid Dread received positive reviews upon its initial release, and it went on to become the fastest-selling Metroid game in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. At The Game Awards 2021, it was named Best Action/Adventure Game. Metroid Dread is the best-selling Metroid game, with nearly 3 million copies sold.
Players control bounty hunter Samus Aran as she explores the planet ZDR in Metroid Dread, an action-adventure game. It retains the side-scrolling gameplay of previous Metroid games, as well as Samus Returns’ free aim and melee attacks (2017). The player discovers new items and weapons as they explore, allowing them to access new areas.
Dread adds stealth elements, with Samus hiding, reducing her noise, and using the Phantom Cloak, a camouflage that makes her invisible but slows her movement, to avoid the EMMI robots in certain areas.
If an EMMI captures Samus, she has two chances to perform melee counters and flee. Samus will be killed if they fail. EMMIs can only be destroyed with the temporary “Omega Blaster” upgrade, which is lost when Samus uses it to destroy one; however, destroying an EMMI gives Samus a new permanent upgrade.
Upgrades can also be discovered in prior games by discovering Chozo statues or destroying a Core-X. Based on their completion time, difficulty level, and percentage of items collected, players can unlock images in an in-game gallery.
Explained Metroid Dread Ending
Before diving into Metroid Dread’s conclusion, it’s important to understand some backstory from the previous game, Metroid Fusion. Samus is infected with X Parasite in Fusion, and it nearly kills her. Thankfully, she’s been stabilized thanks to a Metroid DNA vaccine. It saves her, but at the risk of contaminating her DNA.
The X Parasite has been spotted on Planet ZDR, so Samus travels there to investigate, and Dread begins.
Samus is immediately ambushed by Raven Beak, a Chozo (a bird-like species). It’s unclear why, but the two buttheads and other details will be revealed later.
You meet a friendly Chozo named Quiet Robe after defeating numerous Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers (E.M.M.I.) that were programmed to kill Samus. He adds that the X Parasite had wiped out almost all of the Chozo except him and Raven Beak.
Raven Beak then dispatches Quiet Robe. He admits that he is Samus’ father in the final battle against Raven Beak, which makes sense given that she was raised by Chozo.
Raven Beak then tells Samus that his aim was to exploit the Metroid DNA in her body to awaken her real potential and use it to create an army of Metroid clones. The E.M.M.I. that Samus encounters throughout the game are meant to awaken her strength and extract that DNA. Cloning Samus when she’s at her most powerful will, obviously, result in a more powerful army.
This irritates Samus, and just as she’s about to be defeated, her true potential emerges as she transforms into a 100 percent Metroid. Like a Metroid, her suit changes and becomes more organic-looking. Raven Beak is then infected by X Parasite, but owing to her newfound abilities, Samus defeats him once and for all.
The planet is destined to self-destruct in traditional Metroid fashion, so Samus hurries to her spacecraft, where she is accosted by Quiet Robe.
In a way, yes. The actual Quiet Robe died at the hands of Raven Beak, therefore this isn’t him. This is an X Parasite-infected Quiet Robe that can recall the memories of its host. Samus is unable to pilot the ship because she would deplete its power supply.
The X parasite version of Quiet Robe, on the other hand, sacrifices itself and is incorporated into Samus, stabilising the Metroid DNA and allowing her to safely control the ship.
As Planet ZDR explodes, Samus flies away from it.
The Galactic Federation receives video evidence indicating that the X, a dangerous parasite capable of imitating any creature it infects, is still alive on the distant planet ZDR. The species was considered to be extinct since the events of Metroid Fusion.
They sent seven EMMI (Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifier) robots to ZDR to investigate, but lose communication with them shortly after, so the Federation sends Samus Aran, the only one immune to the X, to ZDR to investigate their disappearance.
Samus confronts a Chozo warrior deep beneath, who smashes the escape and defeats her in combat, leaving her to lose most of her skills. Samus is directed by her spacecraft’s computer, ADAM, to find another passage to the surface and return to her ship.
Samus is attacked by the EMMI, which have been reprogrammed to deem her hostile. She escapes and collects unknown energy from one of the planet’s primary units. The energy allows her to use the Omega Blaster for a short while, allowing her to destroy the EMMI and reclaim some of her skills.