In 1993, EA released a monsters-and-mutant sports game called Mutant Football League onto the Sega Genesis. The arcadey unique take on football games at the time — it was actually built using the Madden 93 engine — instantly became a hit among gamers and critics. Now, the series is set to return.
Yup that’s right, after a successful stint on Steam Greenlight, devloper Digital Dreams Entertainment has announced that Mutant Football League is returning. But before it returns, Digital Dreams has taken the game to Kickstarter in attempt to raise $60,000 USD. According to Digital Dreams, it is primarily seeking the funds in order to complete MFL’s online multiplayer mode.
The crowdfunding goal of $60,000 will be used to complete MFL’s Online Multiplayer mode and for final game development and tuning.
For those of you who have never heard of Mutant Football League (shame on you), it’s an NFL Blitz arcade-style football game, featuring nasty mutants and ferocious monsters, and tons of gore and death.
According to Digital Dreams Entertainment, its Mutants Football League “is a completely new and totally original take on the monster mash-up sports genre, and comes loaded with attitude and comic violence on the playing field.” The overall presentation of MFL has been re-visualized from its predecessors, but the same sense of urgency that’s an inherent part of a real-world football (American football for you international readers) is still core to the new versions’ gameplay.
In the game, you win be either scoring more points than the opposition or by literally decimating the opposing team so they have to forfeit. Literally kill them. The choice is yours folks.
There is over 14 unique teams, and 3 All-Star teams that all can be played online or offline, in solo, co-op, or head-to-head modes. And by co-op we aren’t talking a measly two players, but four. Four players. All playing Mutant Football League. Ahh, that sounds marvelous.
Each team has its own set of dirty tricks. For example, the classic “Bribe the Ref” trick, where you payoff the referee to look the other way is in the game. There is also the likes of “Chainsaw Massacre,” where your running back pulls out a league-approved chainsaw and slices and dices the defense into submission, as well “Ginormous” where your blitzer grows 5-times his normal size.
Then you have your all-star players. According to Digital Dreams, these are your game breaking, wisecracking mutants who have special skills, weapons, and abilities; who also can win you the game single-handedly. This means you will need to be vigilant and protect them because losing them is a blow to your chances of winning.
All of this chaos will take place in a variety of different, extremely dangerous stadiums. Fields will be filled with diabolical traps and hazards – including explosive mines, toxic moats, lava flows and crazed fans cheering on their favorite squad of murderers.
As you would expect, Digital Dreams Entertainment hasn’t forgotten about the gore either. Over the top visual and gore effects include blood splatters, comically horrific deaths, fire effects, exploding body parts, and dismemberment.
Mutant Football League is slated to release on PC sometime in 2017, and on Xbox One and PS4 sometime in early 2018. If you want to read more about the game’s Kickstarter, including its rewards, its playable demo, why the developer has launched a Kickstarer, or simply just more about the game itself, click here.
Below, you can check out the game’s newly released Kickstarter promo video: