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Mutant Football League isn't dead — and probably never will be

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Mutant Football League, the attempt to resurrect the beloved Mutant League Football on the Sega Genesis isn't dead yet. Despite flaming out with less than 20 percent of its original crowdfunding goal in 2013, the project is showing off pre-alpha footage.

Digital Dreams Entertainment put out that trailer just after the New Year, showing off gameplay, in-game animations and environments. The closing says the game is being made for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One, and the iOS and Android mobile platforms. Digital Dreams hopes to ship the game by the end of 2015, but still is looking for a publisher "and investment."

Mutant Football League is the brainchild of Michael Mendheim — lead designer of Electronic Arts' original Mutant League Football in 1993. In 2013 Mendheim formed a production team that sought $750,000 in crowdfunding, but only got $141,821.

Mendheim at the time said he believed bad advice to highlight the mobile version of the game sunk its chances of being taken seriously as a work for consoles.

Mutant League Football remains property of EA. The general manager for the publisher's American football products has admitted to being routinely approached by his developers, wanting to resurrect the title. Mutant League Football's only reappearance, thought, was its logo's cameo on a jersey in 2012's NFL Blitz.