When Super Smash Bros. Brawl hit the scene, many fans of Melee disliked the new game due to certain changes to the series' mechanics and physics. While most of these people contented themselves by sticking with Melee, a small group decided to modify Brawl to give it that classic Melee feel. Thus Project M was born. The fan mod has gained a great deal of popularity over time, and its members have moved well beyond simply modding the physics – they've added new characters, costumes, stages, modes, and more, providing their ever-growing fanbase with a wealth of content over the past six years.
But tonight, that all comes to an end, for the Project M team has announced that they are halting work on the mod immediately.
According to the devs, the decision was made not as the result of a Cease and Desist from Nintendo, thankfully, but rather as a result of the team wanting to move on to new, original projects. We don't know much about this new venture of theirs, but given how much fans have enjoyed Project M over the years, it seems likely that we can expect great things from them in the future. Still, it's sad that such a beloved modding effort has come to an end.
"Project M and its community have grown larger than any of us ever anticipated, and it’s truly heartwarming to see all of the unforgettable connections and friendships that have been forged through this project.
"Unfortunately, we’re here to say that we’re at the end of that road.
"We’ve learned so much in the process of making Project M—accumulating life-changing lessons in communication, team work, professionalism, work ethic, and more—but there’s only so far we can take those skills in a volunteer project. With this in mind, we’ve made a difficult business decision: We’re ready to finish development here and move on to bigger and better ventures.
"We realize that this will come as a shock to many of our fans. Please, forgive us. Again, it’s been an excruciating call to make, but it’s been made a bit easier by our satisfaction with the previous and final release, v3.6. We’ve spent six years polishing Project M, and rather than let it drag on through another several years of dwindling development and change-fatigue in the competitive circle, we’re going to consider our work complete." — Project M
You can check out the full announcement message on the Project M website. Are you sad to see this mod go? Have you used it, and if so, what have you enjoyed the most about it? Let us know these and any other thoughts you have in the comments below.
Source: Project M