Now that E3 2021 has officially ended, it can be said that Metroid Dread was the biggest shock of the show. Nintendo has filled fans’ wildest dreams with its first original Metroid game in 19 years, which is a proper sequel to the Game Boy Advance title. Metroid Fusion.
However, what some fans may not realize is Metroid Dread not an entirely new title for Nintendo; it has been working for 15 years.
During Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event following its Live presentation, fans got to dig deeper into the game with a gameplay demo and detailed information on its development history. Metroid Dread Producer Yoshio Sakamoto explained that the original idea for the original game was too ahead of its time to become a reality.
“Actually, the idea for Metroid Dread first appeared about 15 years ago,” Sakamoto said in the video. “However, we abandoned the idea at the time, because we felt that the technology back then could not bring the concept to life correctly. We had a chance to try again after that, but we felt that we still couldn’t make the game as originally imagined, so we stopped developing at the time.”
That timeline follows when looking back at news from the last decade. In 2005, IGN reported that Metroid Dread was featured on a Internal list of software planned for the Nintendo DS. The game is reported to have been shown behind the scenes at E3 2009 as a working prototype. However, that was actually the last time anyone saw it.
The only time we see a reference to Metroid Dread was in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. An in-game scannable lore reads “Test Status Report Update: Project Metroid ‘Dread’ is nearing completion.” At the time, players were sure it was a bold confirmation that the game was coming, but Retro Studios denied any connection. It even goes as far as to change the text in the Japanese version to “Development of the Dread Class Turret is going well.”
According to Sakamoto, the project was only revived due to MercurySteam’s work on Metroid: Samus Returns, Nintendo 3DS remake Metroid 2. Sakamoto was impressed with the team’s work on the title and felt that their style finally matched Aweambition of.
“Technically, they are very good. They also taste great,” says Sakamoto. “But more than anything, they have an incredible understanding of Metroid games. I am confident that partnering with this amazing team will eventually allow us to deliver Metroid Dread to life.”
Metroid Dread coming to Nintendo Switch on October 8.