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Everything We Know About Metroid Dread

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Metroid Dread: Full event log without spoilers

Nintendo sure knows how to throw surprises, don’t they? With the surprise announcement of Metroid Dread during Nintendo’s E3 showcase, everyone is now flooded with memories and nostalgia. The game was originally announced about 19 years ago and the development was assumed to have come to a halt since there was no apparent news from anyone.

But lo and behold, Metroid Dread is alive and on its way to impress (hopefully). Since it is currently available for preorder on the Nintendo website, make sure to equip yourself with some OffGamers Nintendo eShop Cards and be on your way!

Release Date

Metroid Dread is set to release this year on October 8th for the Nintendo Switch exclusively. As with most Nintendo titles, the game is said to be an exclusive release on Nintendo platforms only.

Preorder Details

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There are two different versions of the Metroid Dread game with different prices for you to choose from – the Standard Edition for $59.99 and the Special Edition for $89.99. The Special Edition contains a steel metal game case, five key art cards for each 2D Metroid title, and a 190-page art book from all five Metroid games.

Amiibo & Features

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There are two Amiibo being released for preorder with the game featuring Samus and E.M.M.I. which grants you special abilities in the game. This double Amiibo pack is currently available for preorder for $30.

The Samus Amiibo grants players a permanent 100 health upgrade as well as extra health when scanned once a day. The E.M.M.I Amiibo grants Samus a Missile Plus tank, permanently increasing her missile capacity by 10. It can also be scanned once a day for some extra missiles.

As usual with these Amiibo, they are not a necessary purchase but they do look cool and a little boost never hurt anybody.

What Is Metroid Dread About?

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It is the fifth installment in the Metroid series starring Samus Aran as a bounty hunter in her encounters with Metroids. These Metroids are alien species that look sort of like jellyfish hybrids with various forms and functions throughout the game.

The game is a 2D platformer where you get to explore and obtain abilities while unlocking a complicated map and secluded areas. All this while defeating the various enemies and bosses along the way. Does that ring a bell? Well, Metroid makes one-half of the Metroidvania genre, so fans of the genre should make sure to try this game out for a taste of what true Metroidvania games are like.

The game will also be a single-player game with no mention of multiplayer which is standard for the mainline Metroid games.

Story & Background

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As we all know, the game would be taking place right after Metroid Fusion. As a little recap, Metro Fusion was focused on Samus’ exploration of an infected space station, the same virus which has also infected Samus herself. The only cure to it is Metroid cells. Somehow, her suit becomes infected as well and a clone came out of it which started hunting her throughout the game.

Metroid Dread should serve as a conclusion to the Metroid series in exploring the connection between Samus and Metroids. The game takes place on Planet ZDR as we see Samus being hunted by E.M.M.I. robots sent by the Galactic Federation to capture her. E.M.M.I. stands for Extraplanetary Multiform Mobile Identifiers, and we’ll be referring to them as EMMI for brevity’s sake.

As seen from the trailer, these seven EMMI robots will hunt Samus if she breaches into their patrol areas, one hit from the robot, and Samus is dead. But no worries, Samus has her own counter and flexible maneuvers which she could use to avoid getting hit when timed right. These EMMI robots come in various shapes and sizes as well, which makes for an interesting variety in combat.

Gameplay


Now, with the incorporation of EMMI robots, we are glad that there’s a boost to Samus’ abilities as well. The EMMI are fast and will chase Samus down the moment they detect any movement or sound from her. If players could find a way to navigate around the EMMI soundlessly and stealthily, surpassing the EMMI shouldn’t be a problem. Either that or fight them head-on, I suppose.

With that said, there are also mentions of a Phantom Cloak suit upgrade that could help Samus move around stealthily which looks really cool! This would be of great help when running from those pesky EMMI robots hunting you down.

Of course, this is a Metroid game, so the standard running, jumping, and shooting your way through is inevitable. But there are four new moves and abilities that we’ve noted with Samus:

  • She can slide and slip through small gaps without stopping and turning into a defensive ball.
  • She has a new melee counter and dash melee that she could use to fight off enemies while on the move.
  • Samus can now aim freely while moving, no longer held down by just stationary precision aiming.
  • With the availability of blue magnetic strips on walls and ceilings, she can grab and climb while fighting off enemies.

Overall, everything looks and feels more dynamic making us excited to play Metroid Dread when it’s released!

There’s also a Treehouse Direct where they talk more in-depth about the game:

Do I Need To Play Previous Metroid Games?

No, you don’t. But why not? It would make for a fun experience. Anyways, the Metroid series producer has mentioned that there will be a prologue included in the game. This prologue would help players be brought up to speed with all that has happened throughout the previous games.

Although, the prologue can only bring up the basic points that you’ve missed or forgotten. But this still makes it unnecessary for you to play the previous games. So, ultimately the choice is up to you!

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play

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Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online

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Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark

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Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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