Editor’s Note: I’m not a brony but I am a fan of both fighting games and irony, which is why I was actually interested in giving Fighting is Magic a shot once it was finished but I guess Hasbro doesn’t see the humor in its peace and friendship loving ponies brohoofing each other in the face. In fairness, I can understand Hasbro’s position considering how much the game contradicts the show’s message, although to pull the plug on the game after the Mane6 crew spent nearly two years developing it is really unfortunate.
But you gotta give Lauren Faust major props for volunteer her time to help the developers make something new with the game’s engine. If Mane6 takes her up on her offer, we might just see something special come out of this. Talk about a silver lining!
: Lauren Faust, the original executive producer of the show, posted on her Twitter
, asking the team if they might want some original (non-pony) characters to make a new game with. The devs have yet to respond.
If you're a brony, you've no doubt heard about the long-awaited fan fighting game, Fighting is Magic. Sadly, this most recent news post on the dev team's website brings a less-than-pleasing update...
We have received a C&D letter from Hasbro's Legal representatives, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain My Little Pony characters, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control (Our site, our Youtube, our Twitch), and "cease any further use of [their] MY LITTLE PONY property".
Options have been considered, lawyers have been contacted, and resources have been (mostly) exhausted.
We have attempted negotiating with Hasbro for the continued use of the property in our non-profit, voluntary project, but so far we haven't received an answer. As such, we're complying with the contents of the C&D letter until we receive answer from their PR and/or Legal departments.
So yeah. As a brony, this news saddens me greatly.
I've been following this project since its inception. I've even had the pleasure of exchanging a few words with some of the programmers in their Fighting Game Brony Skype chat. Seeing this group of people put so much effort into this... literally months of slaving over a hot keyboard and tablet, for it all to be taken away. It has to hurt.
I'm sorry, Mane6.
Goodbye, MLP: Fighting is Magic. May a flight of pegasi sing thee to thy rest...