Leaking Early Code Of The Pony Fighting Game Is Not Magic

To call My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic a fan-made game is doing the tremendous effort by the Mane6 development team a great disservice. They've assembled an amazing team of programmers, animators, artists and musicians. They've recruited amateur voice actors. They've shown the game at the EVO 2012 Fighting Championships. What they are doing, really, is making a fully-realised retail-quality fighting game that they can never, ever make money on.

They've even put together a team of QA testers, one of which took their test code and dumped it onto the internet this week. So yeah, no more QA testing program.

According to the game's official website, one of the testers of the unofficial My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic PC fighting game "broke (their) trust and a NDA agreement", zipping up the EVO build of the game and casting it to the internet winds. That build, featuring four of the six main characters from Friendship is Magic -- Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle and Rarity -- is now wandering about the internet for all the digital underworld to see.

Needless to say, Mane6 is very disappointed, and they're taking steps to ensure this sort of thing doesn't happen again.

For now, Fighting is Magic will be going on a closed development cycle. No further QA, alpha, beta or testing program will be started or maintained until we have the remaining two characters done for the initial build. In addition BSUs will be cancelled, and no major content-related updates to the website will be forthcoming until further notice, while we at Mane6 deal with this situation and discuss changes for the future of the project.

What's the big deal? This is a game they plan on distributing for free eventually anyway, right?

I think that makes it worse, actually. This isn't some corporate-backed game that will eventually be vying for consumer cash. Mane6 doesn't even take donations for all the work they've done, despite an entire planet of bronies that would gladly hand over all of their cash. It's a labour of love, and that sort of thing should be revealed on their own terms. To be betrayed by someone they trusted like this, well, that's not magical at all.

Open Letter [Mane6]


    Well that sucks:/

    Meh, it's a free game an nobody is going to care about the leak when the full version is released. in fact I wouldn't be surprised if Hasbro wait until this game is practically finished and then slap a big C&D on the makers, then the leaked version will be only version people could play.

      It's not as if the developers have been quiet about the game or anything, if Hasbro had a problem with it they'd have seen it yanked ages ago.

        I disagree. Various other fan-games that I knew of were only shut down when they we're released or just about to. These projects aren't such a big deal when they're just pipe-dreams and not actual products, free or not.

        Streets of Rage: Remake says hi. They were in the spot light for ages and after years of work - they released V5.0 and Sega decided to get their lawyers involved after all that time.

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      Buzz off guy. Not all bronies are furries. Also, categorizing some as a pedophile because they enjoy a tv show (yes, I know it's "intended" for little girls) is insanely ignorant. There are many great and creative fans who do artwork, animate, write stories, and create music dedicated to this amazing show . Yes there is the "darker" side of the fandom (I'll just leave it that), but I'm sure there is for plenty of of other innocent things. Fighting is Magic is going to be an amazing fan made game, and whether you think I'm a pedophile/furry or not, I'm going to play the hell out of it.

      They couldn't use Kickstarter, considering it's not their IP, but Hasbro's. Plus what Washyopits said.

      Pretty sure the FBI has better things to do than hunt down furries.

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      Then ignore it. Why go out of your way to hate something and make your own life miserable?

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      From my observations, Hasbro love the bronies. I highly doubt they'll sue, or even send a warning notice.
      Besides I think the developers already have approved from the shows creator and the current show runner.

        Yeah they love bronies because bronies buy the merchandise and they get money.

    Well they re-stated their original post saying its cool if you want to play it, but they said that it just kinda ruins the full experience, because apparantly from an update they did on the night, its already outdated.

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