Creator of iconic 90’s Mutant League franchise talks to WeKnowGames about reviving and reinventing a classic series, new challenges for arcade-style sports titles and more in a one-on-one interview.
This past March, I was fortunate enough to attend the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. While I was there, I met the creator of the classic 90’s Sega Genesis title “Mutant League Football” Michael Mendheim in Artist Alley, promoting his revival/reimagining of the series; Mutant Football League. We spoke at length about both the new and old title, and I was able to check out a pre-alpha build of the game while I was there.
Needless to say, I was quite impressed with what Michael showed me. As a kid, I watched the Mutant League cartoon on TV and played both Mutant League Football and Mutant League Hockey at a friend’s house often. I often wondered what had happened to the series after such a strong presence in early 90’s geek culture, and why the series was allowed to slip into near-obscurity after being marketed to 90’s kids like myself so hard.
My questions were answered finally after meeting and speaking with Michael. A veteran of the comic and video game industry of over 20 years, he took time out of his busy development schedule to speak with me about the upcoming game.
Mutant League Football is expected to enter Early Access later this year, and the full version is expected to be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. For more information on MFL, check out http://www.mutantfootballleague.com.