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My Little Pony creator to help with development of Fighting is Magic fan project

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Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is teaming up with fan-driven development team Mane6 to bring to life the pony-driven fighting game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic, it was announced on the developer's website.

This news comes in conjunction with talks between Mane6 and toy-maker Hasbro in an attempt to receive special permission to continue the development of the game. Hasbro shut down development of the fan-made game last month and continues to deny the developer permission to create the game.

To bypass this issue, Faust is creating all new characters in the My Little Pony universe that will appear within the game.

"So what does this all mean?" reads a post from the team. "It means that with Lauren's help, we are going to finish this game, but it will no longer be based on the MLP franchise. It will be all new characters in a new setting, while keeping the moves, mechanics, and style of the game we wanted to make from the start. This means a lot of work for us, and a bunch of new challenges, but we're excited about the possibilities that come along with them."

The unlicensed, fan-made fighting game from developer Mane6, was revealed as a finalist for inclusion in the EVO 2013 fighting game tournament earlier in the year.