Metroid Dread adds Dread and Rookie modes today, Boss Rush, in April

Metroid Dread is getting a bunch of updates today and over the next couple of months, adding even more to the game. 

Today the game was updated to Version and 2.0, and among a bunch of fixes for things are two new modes. The game adds a one-hit-kill mode with Dread Mode, and on the other side of the coin, a Rookie Mode. The Rooke Mode increases health recovery and makes the game easier for newcomers. The demo will be updated with both these modes too. 

A second update adds a Boss Rush mode, which will launch in April 2022. 

New Difficulties Available

  • ‚ÄúROOKIE MODE‚ÄĚ has been added to the game. This is a mode suited towards new players, with the following adjustments:
    • Dropped items from enemies now replenish greater amounts when picked-up.
    • Damage received from Boss attacks has been lowered.
    • Destructible Boss projectiles have been made easier to break than usual (excluding some attacks).
    • Increased number of missiles available when beginning game.
    • Made the finishing counters when defeating some Bosses easier to perform.
      • Selected when starting a New Game, and choosing ‚ÄúSELECT DIFFICULTY‚ÄĚ.
  • ‚ÄúDREAD MODE‚ÄĚ has been added to the game. This is an extremely high-difficulty mode, where any damage taken from enemies or traps will lead to an instant Game Over.
    • Can be selected after clearing HARD MODE, when beginning a New Game, and choosing ‚ÄúSELECT DIFFICULTY‚ÄĚ.

New Details Added to Results Screen

  • Several new details have been added to the results screen that appears after clearing the game. These new details will not appear, however, for game files that were started prior to updating the game.

General Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Samus sliding down a surface and touching a frozen enemy would force the game to close, after the message ‚ÄúThe software was closed because an error occurred‚ÄĚ appears.
  • Made several other fixes to improve playability and enjoyment of game.

Demo Update

The following updates to the ‚ÄúMetroid Dread DEMO‚ÄĚ are also now available (Ver. 2.0.0).

  • The scale of the playable area has been expanded, with the Corpius boss fight now being available.
  • Added ‚ÄúROOKIE MODE‚ÄĚ, a mode suited towards new players, where dropped items from enemies now replenish a greater amount, and bosses‚Äô attack power has been lowered.
    • Added ‚ÄúSELECT DIFFICULTY‚ÄĚ options when beginning the demo.
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