Five years ago, I interviewed a group of fans calling themselves Mane6, who’d been working on a My Little Pony-inspired 2D fighting game called MLP: Fighting is Magic.
But then, toy giant Hasbro, owner of the My Little Pony property, slapped a cease and desist order on the game. Instead of giving up, the team came back, raising $600,000 on IndieGoGo for a new game called Them’s Fightin’ Herds.
Mane6 was even contacted by Lauren Faust, who headed up the art team for the TV hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She offered to design new characters that are legally safe riffs on the magical TV ponies.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds is finally coming out for Windows PC on Feb. 22, according to a new trailer released earlier this week. Them’s Fightin’ Herds is a standard 2D fighter, beginning with six different four-legged combatants. More characters are promised post-launch. Watch out for Polygon’s coverage of the game, once it arrives.