Most people are having a totally dandy time playing Metroid Dread, and we have already shared guides on how to sequence-break the game and have a blast doing it. However, Nintendo has just brought it to players’ attention that Metroid Dread has a game-ending bug that can “prevent players from progressing under a certain condition,” and Nintendo promises a patch will arrive by the end of October to fix it.
A bug has been found in #MetroidDread that can prevent players from progressing under a certain condition. A patch will be released by the end of October to fix this. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Learn more, including how to avoid the bug:https://t.co/iy1dDmOcJ7
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 15, 2021
Nintendo has elaborated without spoilers on where the risk of the game-ending Metroid Dread bug occurs: “Near the end of the game, if the player destroys a door while a map marker for that specific door is displayed on the map, the game will forcibly close and the following message will appear: ‘The software was closed because an error occurred.'” For some additional non-spoiler context on how to avoid the bug, our own Ben Lamoreux adds that you should “remove all Map Markers (the kind you place yourself) from Hanubia before the final fight.”
The fact that this game-ending Metroid Dread bug did not become heavily known within the first couple days of launch is a good sign that not many players are running into it, but it’s appreciated that Nintendo is getting proactive about fixing it ASAP all the same.