In a statement posted on its official website, the Project M team announced that development will end on its highly popular Super Smash Bros. Brawl modification.

“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,” the statement said.

Project M, which aimed to recreate the gameplay of Super Smash Bros. Melee, was an effort that spanned the course of over six years, adding new stages, characters, modes and other changes to Brawl.

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The mod was especially loved within the Smash Bros. tournament scene, as it reintroduced several Melee mechanics that were left out of the final release of Brawl.

Since the announcement, download links to the mod have been removed from the Project M site.

While many fans and community members speculate the takedown is due to a cease and desist demand from Nintendo, the Project M team has asserted that the decision was not caused by any sort of legal warning.

“There was no C&D, legal action, or threat,” Project M team member Warchamp7 said in a thread posted in the mod’s Reddit community. “That and the announcement on the site is all we’re saying on the matter.”

Project M may be effectively dead, however, the team has promised new content is in the pipeline– albeit unrelated to the Brawl mod.

“In the mean time, we plan to be hard at work on new projects,” the announcement said. “… Rather than splitting our focus, many of us want to dedicate ourselves to this new venture fully.”

To read the entire statement posted by the development team, visit the official Project M website.

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.

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