As already detailed, this is the first Metroid game with a new story in roughly 19 years and continues the tale of the interconnected fates of the famous bounty hunter Samus Aran and the Metroids. It also happens to be the conclusion to this particular story arc.
There's no need to worry about this core series potentially ending, though. Not long after the E3 reveal, producer Yoshio Sakamoto told Japanese publication Famitsu how there was more to come - teasing "future episodes", while at the same time reiterating how this is the "final chapter" in this particular story arc for Samus.
Here's the full translation, courtesy of Nintendo Everything:
"This is the last chapter in the series so far, the final chapter about the shared fate and adversarial relationship Samus shares with the Metroid. This isn’t the end of the Metroid series. We don’t want that, I’m sure fans don’t want that, and we hope you’ll look forward to what’s coming in future episodes."
Sakamoto previously mentioned how the team hoped players would "wonder" what exactly the end of the story arc meant as they played through Metroid Dread:
"The series has chronicled the uncanny relationship between these Metroids and the heroine Samus, but this game will mark the end of that story arc.
"We're hoping fans of the series will wonder "what does 'mark an end to the story arc' mean?" as they play the game."
What do you think Samus' future adventures might be like when this current arc comes to an end? How would you like to see the core Metroid series evolve in the future? Leave your thoughts down below.