Them's Fightin' Herds

Them's Fightin' Herds

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Them's Fightin' Herds is an upcoming two-dimensional fighting game developed by Mane6 with assistance from Lauren Faust. The game is the spiritual successor to the Fighting Is Magic project, which was cancelled due to the development team receiving a cease and desist order from Hasbro.


The project began as Fighting Is Magic, a fan-made fighting game based on the characters and settings of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Development of the game began in the spring of 2011 by a team called Mane6. On February 8th, 2013, it was announced that Mane6 had received a cease and desist letter from Hasbro, owners of the My Little Pony franchise, effectively ending work on the project.

The following day, Friendship is Magic's creator Lauren Faust offered over Twitter[3] to assist the Mane6 in creating an entirely original set of characters.

Indiegogo Campaign

On August 28th, the Mane6 blog[8] announced in a post titled "The Big One" that they had sorted out the legal issues surrounding the project, and that an Indiegogo campaign would soon be launched in order to crowdfund the game. On September 21st, the page for the game was launched on Indiegogo. On September 22nd, Destructoid announced that the project had reached 23% of its funding goal "before the end of the first day".[9] The campaign was also covered by niche blogs and news sites such as Wired,[10] pixeldynamo,[11] and Equestria Daily.[12]

On October 19th, blogs such as Fighting Games Online[14] and Shoryuken[13] reported[15] that the project had met its original $436,000 goal several days early, and that additional funding would go toward reaching the "stretch goals".

Donations toward the Indiegogo project closed on October 21st. The /r/mylittlepony subreddit featured a post on October 22nd announcing that funding for the project had surpassed the last of the stretch goals.[17]

The feminist geek culture blog Mary Sue published an interview with Lauren Faust and the Mane6 development team on October 19th.[16]

Early-access Release

On February 5th, 2018, the official trailer for the game was uploaded to YouTube (shown below). That day, an update was published to the Them's Fightin' Herds Indiegogo page, announcing a partnership with the Humble Bundle digital video games store. On February 22nd, the game was released for Microsoft Windows systems on Steam[18] and the Humble Bundle store.[19]


Them's Fightin' Herds officially released on April 30th, 2020.[21] The release only included the first chapter of story mode, but all characters were available for competitive play. The game opened to a very positive reception, with a Steam user-score of "Very Positive" based on 1,200 reviews.[22] IGN[23] gave the game an 8/10.

EVO Announcement

On May 14th, 2020, online fighting tournament EVO announced that Them's Fightin' Herds would be included in an open online tournament.[24] It was also notable that EVO elected to not include Super Smash Brothers Ultimate in the tournament, likely due to online performance issues. Them's Fightin' Herds has a very good online performance in comparison.[25] Online, the inclusion of Them's Fightin' Herds over Smash divided fans. Twitter user @CafeColdBrew[26] made a direct comparison betewen the two games (shown below, left). User @yungsnaku called the lineup "trash" (shown below, right).

mr.jinjin @yungsnaku · May 14 bruhhhhh this line up is trash LMAO we deadass went from mvc2 to a f------ my little pony fan game EVO @EVO · May 13 Introducing Evo Online! 1:42 1.7M views

Acquisition by Modus Games

On January 20th, 2022, Infinaron[28] announced Mane6, the development team behind Them's Fightin' Herds, had been acquired by publisher Modus Games. In addition, content such as new characters, a finished story mode, console ports, and localization were promised to the players.

The Future of TFH

On November 22, 2023, on Steam[28] it was announced that after the completion of the Season 1 Pass that Them's Fightin' Herds development would cease. While small bug patches will be able to be released, no new content will be produced.

IGN[29] reported the game came under fire from angry fans after the announcement. Calls for refunds were made on the game's Indiegogo crowdfunding page, while on Steam recent reviews have a “mostly negative” rating in comparison to “very positive” for all reviews.

FIGHTIN HERDS Them's Fightin' Herds is a 2D fighting game featuring a cast of adorable animals designed by acclaimed cartoon producer Lauren Faust. Beneath the cute and cuddly surface, a serious fighter awaits! RECENT REVIEWS: Very Negative (99) ALL REVIEWS: Very Positive (3,090) 1 May, 2020 RELEASE DATE: DEVELOPER: PUBLISHER: Mane6, Inc. Maximum Entertainment Popular user-defined tags for this product: 2D Fighter Action Fighting Indie Cute PvP

Modus Games Lays Off Mane6 Developers

On December 13, 2023, Dash Fight [30] reported that Modus Games laid off almost the entirety of Mane6. The reasons for this were not clear at the time.

Final DLC Characters

On February 23, 2024, Silconera[31] reported the launch of new DLC characters Baihe and Nidra, both of which seemed to be broken and could result in issues when being used in the game.

On YouTube, PocoQuinn uploaded a video giving an overview of the update, encompassing the new characters, bugs, and recent events in the community.

User @Shattubatu[32] shared screenshots of former Mane6 employee weighing in on the patch and character, noting the Mane6 developers were in the middle of a QA pass before being fired.

Cam Yesterday at 17:48 Yeah. Like I mentioned, we were in the middle of a QA pass. Cam Yesterday at 17:48 Meaning that we had stuff logged to be fixed, and then the entire team got f------ fired. The only thing that ME/Modus could do was technical stuff, because the people who know how to make our fighting game didn't work there anymore. Cam Yesterday at 17:49 We've literally been waiting almost three months for this day so we could tell you "This character is not done, ban her or play on a different version"

On February 24, 2024, the Twitter account[33] for Modus Games, now renamed to Maximum Entertainment, tweeted awareness of the recent patch's problems and that a fix was being worked on.


Fan Art

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Official and Fan Videos


The game has a dedicated subreddit, /r/ThemsFightinHerds, which has 920 subscribers as of December 2015,[2] as well as a Facebook fan page with 50 likes.[4] The official Mane6 Facebook page has 2,760 likes,[5] while the Mane6 Twitter page has over 13,300 followers.[7] The Indiegogo[20] campaign for the game received $586,346 in funding from 10,516 donors.

External References

[1] Wikipedia – Them's Fightin' Herds

[2] Reddit – /r/ThemsFightinHerds

[3] Twitter – Faust's Offer

[4] Facebook – Them's Fightin' Herds Fans

[5] Facebook – Mane6

[6] Indiegogo – Them's Fightin' Herds

[7] Twitter – Mane6

[8] Mane6 – The Big One

[9] Destructoid – Them's Fightin' Herds has the best name ever, and is also on IndieGoGo

[10] Wired – 'My Little Pony' creator designs fan-made spin-off fighting game

[11] pixeldynamo – Indiegogo rounds up Them’s Fightin’ Herds

[12] Equestria Daily – Them's Fightin' Herds Crowdfunding Campaign Launches

[13] Shoryuken – Them’s Fightin’ Herds Crowdfund Meets $436,000 Goal

[14] Fighting Games Online – Them’s Fightin’ Herds Indiegogo Is a Success!!!

[15] pixeldynamo – Them’s Fightin’ Herds tramples Indiegogo goal 2 days early

[16] The Mary Sue – Interview: Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ Lauren Faust and the Mane6 Team on Their Fighting Game

[17] /r/mylittlepony – The 'Them's Fightin' Herds' indiegogo has ended, and they've shot past all their stretch goals! Head to /r/themsfightinherds for more updates!

[18] Steam – Thems Fightin Herds

[19] HumbleBundle – Thems Fightin Herds

[20] Indiegogo – ThemsFightinHerds


[22] Steam – Them's Fightin Herds

[23] IGN – Them's Fightin' Herds Review

[24] Gamespot – Evo 2020 Online Announced

[25] Daily Dot – Gamers torn over My Little Pony-inspired fighting game

[26] Twitter – CafeColdBrew

[27] Them's Fightin' Herds Forum – Infinaron

[28] Steam – DLC Characters Nidra & Baihe, Patch Notes, Future of TFH Announcement

[29] IGN – Them's Fightin' Herds Announces End of Development, Immediately Hit With Community Backlash

[30] Dash Fight – Modus Games Lays Off Mane6 Developers

[31] Silconera – Them’s Fightin’ Herds Final DLC Characters Can Break the Game

[32] Twitter – Shattubatu

[33] Twitter – MaximumEntmt

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