Lauren Faust, producer and creative director of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is developing a fighting game. Yes. You read that correctly. And it’s one inspired by – but for legal reasons separate from – the show. It’s called Them’s Fightin' Herds and Faust and developer Mane6 are currently looking for funding on Indiegogo.
I have only watched one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, so I don’t know all that much about it. It’s got a passionate, sometimes surprisingly old, fanbase and who knows, maybe there’s a whole bunch of them who have a hunger for playing a game where cute critters kick the crap out of each other.
Anyway! The small amount I do know about the show is that it’s extremely optimistic and all about magic animals working together and doing lots of lovely good deeds. The story of how Them’s Fighting Herds has come about would make for a pretty good episode, I reckon.
Indie developer Mane6 were working on Fighting is Magic, a fan game based on the show. Well, they were until Hasbro (booo) sent them a cease and desist. It’s a bit of a shame, but it seems to have worked out, because Faust – who was following the game – offered her services and is now part of the team and has developed a brand new set of unique characters.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds will have a magic system, juggling mechanics that make the critters heavier during the combo, dynamic music, GGPO-powered netplay, ranked and unranked matchmaking, customisation and fully realised lobbies where players can hang out and make chums.
Check out some match footage.
In two days it’s already over a quarter of the way to its £436,000 goal.