Hello, We are Mane6!
WHO ARE WE?
Mane6 is the development team behind Them’s Fightin’ Herds, a 2D fighting game featuring a cast of adorable animals designed by acclaimed cartoon producer Lauren Faust.
We’re the team who created Fighting is Magic, an unofficial fan game built in FM2K starring characters from the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series created by Lauren. Weeks before the public release, the project received a cease and desist notice from Hasbro for infringing upon their intellectual property rights. Shortly afterwards, Lauren offered to join the development team and create a new cast and setting that would become Them’s Fightin’ Herds, an original work.
Z-ENGINE AND CROWDFUND
Them’s Fightin’ Herds is built in a modified version of Z-Engine, made by Mike Zaimont (at Lab Zero) for the development of Skullgirls. In March 2014 Lab Zero completed a successful Indiegogo campaign for Skullgirls 2nd Encore and attained a stretch goal for $725,000 USD granting Mane6 a commercial license for Z-Engine free of charge.
Mane6 later launched their own Indiegogo campaign for Them’s Fightin’ Herds in September 2015. The project was successfully funded with a total of $586,346 USD.
EARLY ACCESS AND POST-LAUNCH
Them’s Fightin’ Herds released into Early Access on Steam in February 2019 published by Humble Bundle. The game made it to its 1.0 release in April 2020 then 2.0 (introducing a new character) in March 2021.
In December 2021, Mane6 announced a conclusion to its relationship with Humble Bundle. In January 2022, Mane6 was acquired by publisher Modus Games and is continuing to develop and expand Them’s Fightin’ Herds.