Nintendo has dropped the latest edition of its Metroid Dread report, giving us a great look at the areas you'll be exploring when the game launches on Switch next month.
As you may already know from all the footage shared so far, Metroid Dread takes Samus on a new adventure through Planet ZDR. This unexplored planet shares certain similarities with SR388 – a planet that Metroid II: Return of Samus and Metroid: Samus Returns fans will be more than familiar with – and is split up into several areas.
These individual layers each contain their own unique traits and organisms that'll need taking care of if Samus is to complete her mission, and Nintendo's report goes deep into each one and the lifeforms you'll meet there. So, without further ado, let's jump in (but be warned that there are minor spoilers within!):
Samus awakens in the cavernous Artaria after being attacked by a mysterious and powerful Chozo figure. This area is located in the deepest part of ZDR and has low-temperature environments. The upper portion of Artaria contains vast amounts of magma, which is used as the primary source of energy on the planet.
KLAIDA: This terrestrial, four-footed creature calls ZDR home. It won’t attack Samus but will cause damage and repel her if touched. It isn’t protected by hard armor, so you can inflict damage on any part of the creature.
PLY: A small, flying creature whose head resembles a large eyeball. Once it detects Samus, it follows her, aims, and then charges with its large-spiked tail. Sometimes found in flocks. Its small body and agile movements can make it tricky to hit, but the Wide Beam is quite effective against them.
MUZBY: This terrestrial creature with heavy arms is one of the larger lifeforms on Artaria. It drags its arms behind as it walks. Because it dwells and has evolved in darkness, a Muzby doesn’t have the equivalent to a face. It has tough, rugged skin and high endurance, so high-powered attacks like the Missile or Charge Beam are effective. Samus can also slide between its legs when it lifts its arms to attack.
Home to the central system that manages the supply and circulation of energy-generating magma throughout the planet, which powers various facilities. Hot streams of magma flow out in many places. Some of its high-temperature areas are too much for Samus to handle with just her standard Power Suit.
VULKRAN: This small creature can stick to and move across floors, walls, and ceilings. It stores magma in its body and spits it out when it detects danger. It spits out multiple magma shots, which can be difficult to avoid. It may be most effective to blast it from afar before it goes on the offensive.
AUTCLAST: A robot believed to have been created with advanced Chozo technology. The cylinders on both of its sides can slam down with great force, creating an explosion that sends streaks of fire across the ground. Can be stunned with a quick Dash Melee when it pauses for a moment right before it strikes.
OBSYDOMITHON: A rock-like creature that lives near magma. Usually, it remains still in an ore-like form, but transforms into a battle form when it detects Samus. Be careful if it charges up: the high-temperature burst attack it’s about to unleash can penetrate terrain.
A biological research site and home to many robots believed to have been developed using advanced Chozo technology. The power is out in some spots, which makes it difficult to spot enemies. Danger lurks in the shadows.
AUTSHARP: A robotic enemy that shoots out from its dock when it detects Samus. It has a strong, spinning energy blade on its exterior that generates power as it turns, capable of damaging anything it touches. When it hits a bomb, the force of the explosion propels it upward.
AUTSNIPER: A small sniper robot with a precision laser. It can operate on the ground, walls, and ceilings while aiming and firing at its target from many angles. The laser is a threat capable of dealing great damage, but there’s an opening to Melee Counter right before it fires. If on a wall or ceiling, an aerial Melee Counter would be effective.
ARMADIGGER: A violent, four-footed creature native to ZDR. Charges at Samus with great speed when she’s detected and will quickly change its direction and try again if she evades the attack. Fight back with a Melee Counter or attack it from outside its charging path.
The bottom half of this marine research site is underwater. Many aquatic creatures residing here can’t be found in other areas.
BATALLOON: An aquatic creature that calls ZDR home. It floats under water but slowly approaches Samus if she hits it. Despite its appearance, it’s surprisingly durable—be careful not to underestimate it.
DIZZEAN: This sea creature resembles a small jellyfish. While individually weak, they find strength in numbers and always collect in large smacks. Take out the group quickly so as not to be cornered.
SLAAGA: A creature with a yellow hump on its back where it stores acid. When it detects Samus, it shoots acid with great precision. These acid blasts can be avoided with jumps and the Flash Shift ability. They can also be destroyed with Arm Cannon blasts or a Melee Counter strike if you react quickly enough.
An underground forest area very close to the surface. Sunlight peeks through from above. Native flora and fauna abound, including many plant-like beings and ancient creatures.
HECATHON: This large creature has existed on ZDR since ancient times and can be spotted flying between trees and plants in high and low areas. It’s able to break down its prey into more digestible particles. It will rarely pick fights on its own, but when attacked, it’ll get angry and emit a light capable of decomposing other creatures. Be careful to not accidentally hit this creature with a stray shot.
YAMPA: A spider-like creature. Normally, the jaw under its body remains closed. When attacking, it opens wide and charges its opponent for a powerful bite attack. It can’t move between platforms on different levels, so take advantage of your surroundings when facing off against one.
QUETZOA: This insect-like, mid-sized flying creature is native to ZDR. When it detects Samus, it homes in on her position and charges at great speed. This creature is very fast and thus tricky to counter, but a successful strike will open up a big chance to attack. Using abilities like Flash Shift and slide to effectively avoid its attacks, then hitting it with Missiles is also a good option.
There's still plenty of time to grab a pre-order before the game launches on 8th October if you're keen on checking this one out. Or, if you're in the mood for some Metroid goodness right now and can't wait that long, why not check out our recommendations on which other Metroid games you should play before Dread arrives on Switch?
This is like reading an old instruction booklet, and the pages about the challenges ahead. It's great.
For now anyway, I'll refrain from reading any further as to not spoil myself.
It's also 4.1gb download size for the game. If anyone cares to know.
@Rpg-lover that small? huh, interesting!
I would just like to take this opportunity to say: If you missed out on Samus Returns for the 3DS, go and check it out, it's amazing. I missed it when it originally came out because I had Switch fever, but I recently bought it from the eshop (£39.99 yikes!). I was a bit put off by the price, but it's totally worth it, and there are aspects of the design that I can already see in Dread. Get it from the eshop while you still can!
@Xenjamin Nintendo has gotten good at compressing their games
Looks good so far. I will wait for reviews but I personally can’t wait for Dread
This will be the first Metroid game I have bought. They have done a stand-out job of marketing this game to appeal to more than just the core fans
Man, I wish that I could buy this day one, but it'd be pointless because I'm knee deep in school work (my last semester). Instead, I'm going to hold off until early December, so I can spend an entire weekend with it. I am so excited!
So good, I have a feeling this game can't fail us. Everything about it so far feels just right!
The areas look very similar - but will probably be the ice world, lava world, plant world, rock world, industrial world, sci-fi future world, etc with remixed soundtracks of the older games
@anoyonmus for sure, nice
I wanted to wait and receive this as a gift for the holidays (I'm still a little kid at heart that loves getting videos games Christmas morning.) However, I'm afraid of my nephews, YouTube, this site or Nintendo themselves spoiling the whole game for me so I may have to get it Day One and not go online until Mission Complete.
Ooh good looking enemy variety
With all this coverage, I can't help but wonder how much they're revealing — and how much they're holding back. Especially with a game that's all about surprises and discoveries. Anyway, looking good!
@Xenjamin nintendo masters of compressing of files... dark magic arts 😃
I can't wait to have this game in my hands!!
Won't even look into the article, came to the comments section just to refrain my hype!!
I really should know better at my age but I can't wait for this !
Remixed soundtrack from older games would be a disappointment. I hope all the songs are new. As for the article, I didn't read it. I don't want to spoil the game any more than I already have.
Looking forward to this it will be the only metroid game I've played aside from one i played on gameboy as a kid
Going to play through metroid and super mertroid before it comes out
@Doktor-Mandrake Metroid is super hard (unless you're blessed with an abundance of patience), but Super Metroid is a masterpiece. If you still have a Wii U hooked up, you might want to check out Metroid Fusion while you can still get on the eshop. Who knows, maybe it'll be announced tomorrow night for the Switch if the rumoured Gameboy Advance comes to Switch Online.
@Jmjfrank you and me both! I canceled my preorder so I could play it for Christmas. I’m still a kid at heart playing my new Nintendo games on Christmas morning. Gonna play some Outer Worlds DLC and NES/SNES classics to tide me over.
Regards to compression Nintendo have always been top of the game:)
The environments look sooo good.Ghavoran is probably the area I'm looking forward to exploring the most. I've always loved areas like this in past Metroids.
@Miyamotosan I don't have a wii u or gba sadly, is fusion the remake of Metroid? Might have to emulate it was planning on playing og over fusion cus I have a nes mini and nice excuse to load it up, also think it's on NSO and I have a sub
GBA would be great on Switch along with other gameboy games, gameboy was my first ever ninte do device and switch sometimes makes me very nostalgic when playing remakes of old gb games
I hope we get prime trilogy on switch as well want to play through that before MP4 comes out
Is that going to even be readable in handheld mode? The colors are so grey and muted, with the exception of the Brinstar sequel area.
ok the environments are looking pretty interesting. I just hope its a little more creative than fire/ice/forest/factory/desert etc. not a dealbreaker, but let's see what you got mercury steam!
@Rpg-lover Nintendo are and always have been the kings of compression.
This game looks phenomenal, cannot wait.
I don't know why but these screenshots ALONE made me hyped more than ever now. I'm really liking what I see.
One of my gripes with Samus Returns was the inconsistency with the environments, room to room. One room would have a completely different background than the previous and it was like... "Is this even the same level?" It was weird.. Hoping this is more akin to "I'm in the fire area, there's fire around."
Anyway, these screenshots have me really excited now!
I'm quite excited to see just how different these areas will feel. They're taking a step away from the usually quite compact and crowded environments of Metroid, and I'm hoping it'll feel fresh in a good way.
I wouldn't count on any Prime 4 news this close to Dread's release, but who knows. ^^
@YANDMAN exactly. No doubt about that.
@Doktor-Mandrake Zero mission is the remake of metroid. Fusion is the chronological sequel to Other M (and prequel to dread)
@Miyamotosan I agree Metroid Samus Reterns is worth visiting for some and definitely has some good qualities. But I gotta say I found it a bit boring for a Metroidvania and kinda hope Metroid Dread offers a bit more of a comprehensive experience.
A smack of jellyfish!
@Araquanid sounds like I should play other M as well as fusion to get the best experience from dread then? I want to be able to play dread and appreciate it the same way long time hard-core fans of metroid can, I've always enjoyed metroid games when I played them but never got far in any of them and never got invested
Don't know how some people felt disappointed tbh even I can feel the hype for this one, even if I don't finish through all the previous games before it comes out I don't mind having dread sat on my shelf while I play through previous entries I'm very patient had cruisn blast sat around untouched for a week or so now 🤣
Sorry for the tldr
@Doktor-Mandrake idk about any disappointment, but i'd try (emulation or legit) zero mission, super metroid, and fusion. Zero/fusion are the more fresh feeling since super metroid is still a SNES game.
If you have a 3ds find a used copy of samus returns as its engine is what they're using for dread, they'll have very similar look and feel since samus returns (remake of metroid 2) is what piloted the company to revisit the dread project with its mechanics in the first place. Its the same developers and the same engine mostly so you can try a used copy as discount dread if you want to demo the feel of the game.
Other M is uh... you won't miss much. Actually just browse the metroid reddit or something there's usually a hate thread in the first 3 pages on why the game is bad or somebody really grasping for straws to justify its existence which is just a red flag of its own.
Prime games are really good but they're very different from dread, they're more like FPS zelda games, which are bangers but you're getting a completely different experience.
Samus Returns 3DS > Fusion+Zero > Super. For what you're trying to do.
@Cia good idea to try to play the game sand learn about it as you play it! Seamus Returns for the 3DS has remixes of the Norfair theme and a few others with some original music too. From the trailers for Dread the music seemed atmospheric.
@DylanMcGrann I always wanted to play it, but never owned a 3DS. I had hoped for an HD version, but with Dread that is no longer required.
Samus Returns is an awesome game and I love it, but I have to admit the soundtrack left me wanting. It was too ambient with no memorable songs, except the norfair one we've already heard enough times. What I've heard from Dread trailers, it sounds promising.
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