The lights are on
A group calling themselves Mane6 has been working on an unlicensed fighting game based on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV show for the last two years. Unfortunately, Hasbro has shut the project down.
According to the group's official blog, Hasbro sent them a cease and desist letter asking them, "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'."
Mane6 has complied with Hasbro's request, removing all content from their site.
Mane 6 has responded to Hasbro's letter saying, "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."
There is one Hasbro approved My Little Pony game that you can play for
iOS. We spoke to producer Barnabé Anglade about it, and you can read the
[via Joystiq and Kotaku]
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well, that sucks.
Hasbro has been so good with fan created content in the past. I hope they change their mind.
It's for the best
please, just kill me
noooooooo ,i was looking forward to this game :( (sad panda face)
Not gonna lie....I'd so play this!
It's been seen again and again, fan projects that get so far and then are shut down by the very companies that they're trying to praise. I'm all for the protection of legal property, but there should be something said for a free, non-profit, volunteer, fan-made game which uses no voices or music from the show on which it was based. Honestly, they could have just tweaked the art design a little and changed the names of the characters and the project could be considered a parody and still be going. Words of advice for the next fan-developer out there: don't draw attention to yourselves. If you want to see your project through to completion, contact people through emails and message boards, and don't go to any conventions. When your project is complete, send it out to as many people as you can to all release it at the same time. Then a company wouldn't know who to sue and even if they send of C&Ds, then at least someone, somewhere will still be enjoying your work.
I hate those big companies for a reason.
That's sad. :(
It is a crying shame, though I guess Hasbro has its reasons. Sure would've been nice if they could've worked something out, or done this BEFORE those guys put two years of hard work into this, but... well, life sure does throw those lemons sometimes.