Here it comes again! Another rumor about the Metroid game that may or may not have existed and which may or may not be canceled. You spotted the Metroid Dread reference in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, right? There's a computer screen on the Pirate Homeworld that, when scanned, refers to a Pirate project by the name of "Dread". Just like that the rumors and wishful thinking flare up again. MTV's Stephen Totilo tries to get to the bottom of it, but ends up coming away confused (and he's not the only one!).
Pacini: “It’s not what you think it means… it was something that was overlooked and wasn’t in any way indicating anything about the handheld game. We know no information about the handheld games.
MTV: Are you suggesting that you got in trouble or something?
Pacini: Not at all. We actually had a fictional element of something else in the game that by a large coincidence could be read that we were giving a hint about “Metroid Dread” which was not the case. It’s a complete and utter coincidence.
Pacini: That’s all I can say on it.
They love picking at us, I just know it. Assuming that the developers are being honest with us, here's a wacky idea from left field: maybe this Pirate "Dread" project is related to the mysterious green ship that appears in the game's 100% special curious ending. I have no evidence to support that, mind you, but then again I don't have any evidence regarding Metroid Dread's existence either, so it all evens out in the end.