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The next Metroid game gets a release date (yes, it's still Federation Force)

Metroid Prime: Federation Force has a set of official release dates, nearly a year after it was first revealed back at E3 2015 (opens in new tab). Nintendo confirmed that the 1-to-4 player co-op 3DS shooter will come out in the US on August 19 and in the UK on September 2.

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Rather than doing the usual Metroid thing and letting players explore a lonely, dangerous world as Samus Aran, Federation Force sends teams of players into battle through several smaller mission areas. Many fans were angered (opens in new tab) that the first Metroid game in six years (and that's just since Metroid: Other M, which wasn't much of a crowd pleaser either) was a co-op game starring a bunch of cartoony marines in giant robot suits. In a few months we'll get to see whether it can at least make good on that premise.

I'm a pretty big fan of most things missile upgrading and space-pirate blasting, myself. While I'd prefer a new side-scrolling Metroid most of all, I'm interested to see how Federation Force turns out. I just hope that Nintendo takes some serious lessons from The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (opens in new tab) and improves the infrastructure for Federation Force's multiplayer; no more losing all your level progress if somebody disconnects, please.

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I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.