The lights are on
In our current issue (October 2013), we have an exclusive interview with Michael Mendheim, creator and designer of Mutant League Football. Today, the Kickstarter campaign for Mutant Football League launched, and the goal is to recapture the glory of the Sega Genesis title.
The campaign seeks $750,000 to create iOS, Android, and Xbox Live versions of Mutant Football League. Mendheim has assembled a team to help complete the task. Dave Devries of The Monster Engine has signed on as visual art director, Chicago mobile studio Robomodo will handle game art direction and production, comic writer and artist Dave Elliott will design the world and characters.
Additionally, Mendheim has signed Jay Lender, writer and director of the first run of Spongebob Squarepants and Phineas and Ferb cartoons to help with story and design. He will be working with Micah Wright, a writer who as worked in videogames, film, television, and more.
The projected release date for the game, if funded, is September 2014 for iOS and July 2015 for Xbox Live Arcade. You can see the pitch video on the Kickstarter page and read our interview with Mendheim in the current issue of Game Informer.
Our TakeIt takes a lot to pique my interest in Kickstarter these days, but Mutant Football League has my attention. There is a solid team behind the project, with even more unannounced staff that will be revealed as time goes on.
This is a franchise I've wanted to see rebooted for a long time, and we've written about it in the past. EA has let the trademark lapse, and now is the right time for the series to make a comeback.