Metroid project "Dread" was a Space Pirate project involving Metroids. It is mentioned in a scan in the Metroid Processing room on the Space Pirate Homeworld in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The scan states that this project aimed to convert Metroids into power sources for weapons, presumably using energy they absorbed from other organisms. The adjacent scan terminal, however, states that the project had failed.
- Right panel
- "Experiment status report update. Metroid project "Dread" is nearing the final stages of completion.".
- Left panel
- "Experiment results unsuccessful. All attempts at using Metroids as a weapon power source have failed."
The project's name seemingly refers to a lost Metroid game under the name Metroid Dread, with many believing that the scans hinted that Dread was in development but eventually cancelled. Retro Studios has stated that there was no connection with the rumored game, and Nintendo said that they were "not making the 2-D title at this point in time."
In the Japanese version of the game, the scan referring to Metroid project "Dread" has been removed, and it now mentions a Dread-Class Turret.