Metroid Dread Producer Sakamoto Doesn’t Want the Series Won’t End, Promises a ‘New Episode’


Nintendo is billing the upcoming Metroid Dread as the end of a major saga for Samus. The Metroid storyline has continued through the decades, but with Dread, Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto says it’s time to close the book on this particular chapter and begin working on a new adventure for Nintendo’s leading bounty hunter.
Metroid Dread is also called Metroid 5 because it is the fifth and final chapter of a storyline that began with the original Metroid back in 1986. During a media event following the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, IGN was able to speak with Sakamoto on the significance of Metroid Dread as a final chapter.

“So regarding the end of the Metroid saga and the five-part saga, the Metroid story until this point has dealt with Samus’ strange fate that’s been intertwined around this being called the Metroid,” Sakamoto explained. “And until now that has been the focus of the series, but what [Metroid Dread] represents is a bit of a pause or kind of a new start to something else.”


The storyline began with the first Metroid that was released on the NES revolving around the planet SR388 and the alien beings known as Metroid. This storyline continues through games like Metroid 2: Samus Returns, Super Metroid, and Metroid Fusion.

Each of these games has dealt with the consequences of SR388, Mother Brain, and the Metroid in one way or another; and the events of Metroid Dread are set directly after Metroid Fusion. But Sakamoto says that after Dread, a new chapter must begin.

“Nobody wants the Metroid series to end, and we know that. We ourselves don’t want that either, but we just want people to know that there is some kind of new episode that is waiting in the works,” Sakamoto says. “And we want you to look forward with what we do with that next, but there are no specifics now.”


This opens up a lot of possibilities for the future of the Metroid series. Canonically, Metroid Prime 1 through 3 is set in between the events of Metroid 1 and 2. But given Sakamoto’s comments, the setting for Metroid Prime 4 could suddenly be in flux. And if there are no more Metroids for Samus to deal with, what will the series be called?

Regardless, Metroid Dread is not the end of Samus’ tenure at Nintendo. Merely the conclusion of a 35-year-old storyline.


For more, check out everything Nintendo Announced at E3 2021, and how Nintendo’s E3 Direct felt complete despite some notable absences. And be sure to check out IGN’s full Metroid Dread preview and interview.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.


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