In 2013, the world of competitive Super Smash Bros. was forever changed when filmmaker Travis “Samox” Beauchamp and his company East Point Pictures released The Smash Brothers, a nine-part documentary series detailing the history of the competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee scene, its gameplay, and its personalities. The popularity of this critically-acclaimed documentary, mixed with the hype of Melee’s return to the big stage at EVO 2013, led to a massive influx of new blood into the competitive scene and the birth of a generation of smashers known as “documentary kids.”
Since 2014, Samox has been working on a sequel to The Smash Brothers, a documentary focusing on the rise of Adam "Armada" Lindgren and the development of the modern metagame led by the so-called “Five Gods.” Though he announced this project four years ago, Samox has worked on the project slowly in order to ensure that the final product lives up to its predecessor. In 2016, he announced the title of the sequel: Metagame.
Last night, Smash community members around the world were given a heady dose of excitement when Samox announced via Twitter that he had just completed the first round of edits for Metagame—a major milestone in its development.
While there’s still plenty of work to go, this announcement all but ensures that the documentary will be released by the end of this year, if not earlier. As the scene prepares for the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the long-awaited reveal of Metagame could help inject more new players into the Melee scene—and keep interest in the second Smash title fresh as some players move onto the latest title for the Nintendo Switch.
Check out a newly released teaser for Metagame here: