THE NEXT VERSION OF BRAWL MINUS COMES OUT ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH! The wait is almost over! Brawl Minus 4.0b is going to be released very soon! Expect a Brawl Minus very much different from 3.Q, with modified physics, many character adjustments, and much, much, more! So what does the "b" mean? It means it's a Beta. We have a ton of changes lined up for our end goal, Brawl Minus 4.0, but we have so much that we want you to try out that we simply couldn't wait that much longer before we showed it off! In addition to this, we also need your help making 4.0 the best it can be by playing this version and sharing your thoughts about it with us! Should I treat this as the official next version? For all intents and purposes, 4.0b will be officially considered the next version of Brawl Minus, succeeding 3.Q. Is this going to update every week like MAX (3.0)'s beta? Nope! All you need is 4.0b and you'll be up to date until the final release of 4.0. What has been changed in 4.0b? In addition to the usual bug fixes and balance adjustments, we're offering plenty of much needed reworks for characters such as Pichu, Samus, Meta Knight, and Ike, and made the first changes to the game's core mechanics in 5 years! What are these mechanic changes? There are several mechanics modified to help increase the flow of the game, such as slightly reducing hitstun. By reducing hitstun but also increasing the speed at which characters fall (and thus complete their air/ground transitions), we hope to increase the speed and precision required to perform the combos you love, increasing the reward for skill and simultaneously decreasing the amount of time your unfortunate recipient has to watch themselves get knee'd in the face repeatedly before being back in the action. In addition, shield stun is being reduced, you'll no longer need to worry about Fox's blaster locking you in your bubble (or egg?) until you get pushed offstage. This fallspeed change will also have the side effect of reducing the overall ridiculous recovery power, so we'll be keeping an eye on how that hurts or helps the characters most greatly affected by that change. How will I be able to try this out? On the beta's release on September 4th, you'll be able to download the game on the forums! Enjoy the beta with your friends and with our community, and provide feedback to make 4.0 the best game it can be!