Send In The Mutants: Why Mutant League Games Must Return
EA Sports - PUT EM IN THE GAME!!!
"In the brutal Dead Ball Zone arena the aim of the game is simple. Put the ball in the net by catching shooting and beating your opponents to a pulp. With the help of grenades guns chainsaws and pure physical power your job is to make it to the Majors...and to the World Championship. Look for the winner within baby! But be warned in Dead Ball Zone a veteran is a guy who's playing his second game."
That is what I saw when I read the description of Dead Ball Zone back in 1998 and I bought it on the spot for a mere $19.99 which is a steal compared to the forty plus dollars new games were going for. The main reason for me picking it up was that it reminded me of the old mutant league games, DBZ didn't quite live up to mutant league but it was still very fun and an amazing concept for a game. It had lots of potential and if a big time developer did it then it could have been so much better than it actually is.
That brings me to the main reason i'm writing this, why aren't these game developers doing whatever it takes to get new games like this made? If its because they don't think they will sell that makes absolutely no sense at all because if its a football game there have really only been three games on the market consistantly for football fans to buy. You've got Madden and NCAA both by EA Sports so if you don't like how EA Sports does things then you've got Blitz The League. Well Midway is now bankrupt so I doubt were going to get to see another Blitz The League game which is sad. So other than Madden and NCAA you don’t have a football game out every year, now and then you'll get a NFL Street game which is also by EA or you'll get a 2K Football game but thats not every year and I think 2K Sports is out of the football game business.
If developers are afraid of the violence they should remember that the last Grand Theft Auto shipped 13 Million copies worldwide as of March 2009. As far as the football aspect of it, Madden 09 had shipped nearly 6 Million worldwide as of January 09. Also you have games like Blood Bowl and Chaos League, which add a certain Warcraft spin on the game but that isn’t a bad thing because the last time I checked Warcraft was breaking sales records. There is a market for mutant league and games like it but nobody seems to want to take advantage of a wide open market where you would really only have competition from one game, Madden.
EA Sports essentially has a monopoly on football games because they have a contract with the NFL, well guess what if your putting mutants, goblins, ogres, or whatever else on the field you don’t have to worry about that. You could also go the 2K Sports and Blitz route and get retired NFL players to endorse the game or even go with one of my favorite concepts and do what Dead Ball Zone did and have a bunch of joe schmoes out there that you replace with somebody else when they get hurt.
Upon doing some research for writing this I stumbled across Blood Bowl and Chaos League which people have had nothing but good things to say about and compare them fondly to the mutant league franchise. However Chaos League is only for PC and the upcoming Blood Bowl release will be for PC and XBOX 360 only. I’ll keep an eye on these but I’m not to found of computer games and don’t see myself shelling out a bunch of money for another 360 (red ring of death retired my last one) just so I can play Blood Bowl.
What it all boils down to is EA Sports aka Electronic Arts who own the rights to the mutant league franchise and why they don’t bring the franchise out of retirement is beyond me. As I said earlier every few years they’ll release an NFL Street game which is an alright game in its own right but isn’t as good as the Blitz franchise and definitely doesn’t come close to matching up with mutant league. I seriously don’t know how they haven’t brought this series out of retirement because money talks to these people and not only were the mutant league games classic to video game players but I also watched the animated series when I was a kid and loved it. The bottom line is that there is a demand for these games, people will buy these games so somebody at EA Sports needs to take notice and get these games made.