In the previously released Metroid game, Samus returns, players were rewarded for their extreme diligence in researching each item in each of the areas. For their trouble, they unlocked “Chozo Memories”. These fine art images provided a backdrop for the events that led to Samus returns, in particular the infestation of the planet by the Metroids.
The developer behind this game, MercurySteam, also worked on the latest entry, Terror Metroid, and continues the Chozo Memories tradition again with Chozo Archives. You will unlock a new image every time you find 100% of the items in each area of the game, as well as a bonus image once you find them all.
To view Chozo Memories, go to the main menu. Then choose your backup file and a Gallery option should be available. You will get a notification like this every time you unlock a new image:
These images are huge spoilers for the events of Terror Metroid and should only be viewed after completing the game (or deciding that you have no interest in finding everything again). We’ll try to provide some context for what’s going on in each image, but no official text is provided, so there is some guesswork here.
Chozo Archives 1
Here we see Dread’s antagonist Raven Beak doing a little job on one of the EMMI robots. It appears he removed his arm, likely intending to reprogram it to capture Samus’ Metroid DNA. The decor is Artaria.
Chozo 2 Archives
Raven Beak’s soldiers enslave poor Kraid and push him with spears. That would certainly explain why he’s so cranky when you face him later. The decor is Cataris.
Chozo Archive 3
Quiet Robe, the helpful Chozo you encounter during your quest, creates what appears to be a Kraid clone, which you’ll later fight in the Coolant Core. Considering that Quiet Robe is part of the Chozo tribe that created the Metroids in the first place, this certainly follows. The decor is Dairon.
Chozo Archive 4
Raven Beak oversees the execution of Chozo warriors who might fight against her evil plan. Nice pecs, guys! The setting is Burundi.
Chozo Archives 5
A shirtless Chozo standing over a vanquished creature in the lush landscape of Ghavoran. Armored soldiers from the Raven Beak clan keep watch.
Chozo Archive 6
Raven Beak surrounded by his soldiers infected with the parasite X. He will lock them later in Elun’s vault.
Chozo 7 Archives
Quiet Robe shows Raven how he reprogrammed the EMMI robots to track down and secure Metroid DNA, thus making Samus their primary target. The decor is Ferenia.
Chozo 8 Archives
Raven Beak stands, showing off her armor in all its glory, as her soldiers watch. In the background, we can see what appears to be Quiet Robe, realizing that he may have made a huge mistake in trusting this guy. The decor is Hanubia.
Chozo Archives 9
This archive is not unlocked until all other memories have been unlocked. Unlike the last game, this doesn’t have any real implications for the future of the series, instead offering a glimpse into some of the friends and foes Samus made along the way.