Metroid Dread developer MercurySteam is currently working on a third-person action RPG that will be set in a dark fantasy world, and has partnered with Control publisher 505 Games to make it.
505’s parent company, Digital Bros released a press release announcing that MercurySteam’s next game is codenamed Project Iron – a third-person action RPG set for release on PC and consoles. While the company hasn’t commented on a potential release window for the game, it does note that the project’s initial investment amounts to 27 million euros (or around 30 million dollars).
Elsewhere in the announcement, it is stated that Project Iron’s IP is co-owned by MercurySteam and Digital Bros. While very few details have emerged about the project so far, it looks like it should be in safe hands given MercurySteam’s wealth of experience. Prior to developing Metroid Dread, the company also worked on titles such as Metroid: Samus Returns and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
“We are thrilled to work with the team at MercurySteam, a proven studio that over the years has created
numerous phenomenal IPs – including the recent hit release Metroid Dread in partnership with Nintendo,”
explained co-CEOs of Digital Bros. Group Raffi and Rami Galante. “With MercurySteam’s creative vision and talent and 505 Games’ extensive experience, gamers can expect a high-quality, captivating and engaging videogame.”
MercurySteam launched Metroid Dread alongside Nintendo back in October. While the series certainly has its fair share of devoted fans, the game’s success allowed it to comfortably beat record sales in the US for the series – a factor that could bode well for the future of the franchise.
Following its release, the game debuted as October’s third best-selling game in the US. Despite being released over a week into that period, Metroid: Dread also came out as the highest-ranked selling game on the Nintendo Switch.
For more on Metroid Dread, make sure to check out our review of the game, where we awarded it a 9/10 and stated that it “brings back the [franchise’s] legendary exploration and progression and merges it with excellent modern combat and some of the best boss fights ever.”
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