Project M is well-known as the definitive Smash Bros mod. Combining corrected Melee physics and gameplay style with new characters, stages, costumes, and more, it has been well-loved by the community since its inception in 2010. And as of today, all work on it will cease for good.
In an official blog post on the Project M website, the developers announced that they were done, effective immediately. They recently released an update–v3.6–which they consider to be complete and satisfying. In the blog, they stated that they would rather leave behind a finished project than let the project drag on for years and eventually die out with time. All developers will be moving on to other projects, some similar, some very different and new.
Here’s an excerpt from their posting:
"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.In the mean time, we plan to be hard at work on new projects, built from the ground up. We can’t spill the beans just yet, but know that we’re looking towards a fresh start with brand new designs. Rather than splitting our focus, many of us want to dedicate ourselves to this new venture fully. In this way, we hope to maintain the level of quality and professionalism you’ve come to expect from us.In summary, we are ceasing development of Project M (effective immediately) and will be making no further releases as we turn our attention towards an entirely new venture."
Project M is sure to remain a staple of fans and at tournaments for a long time to come. It’s unfortunate that as future Super Smash Bros games come along, their features will not be integrated into Project M, but perhaps it’s for the best. Best of luck to the Project M team in all their future adventures.