It took a little longer than expected, but Them’s Fightin’ Herds is riding off into the sunset. The quadraped fighting game that began its life as a fangame based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic left early access on PCs on April 30, 2020. You can now buy the full version for $14.99.
This comes after about a one month delay that was caused by gameplay issues and complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mane6 President Aaron Stavely brought this up in a statement on Steam.
While Them’s Fightin’ Herds is now available, it isn’t a totally full experience yet. A lot of the expected items are there. The first chapter of the campaign, which follows Arizona the cattlekind cow, is available. The Pixel Lobby has been adjusted and various bug fixes and character adjustments for Arizona, Oleander, and Tianhuo are now live.
Here are the full Them’s Fightin’ Herds patch notes for 1.0.
Story Mode: Chapter 1
- The beginning chapter of story mode (featuring Arizona) is now available!. Our story mode is a unique blend of fighting game, RPG, and adventure. It’s certainly been a long time coming, and we’re very excited it’s finally ready to play.
- Pixel lobby controls have been rearranged so they are more in parallel with Story Mode.
- There is now a health bar chaser for the overworld HUD (Damage taken in battles show as red health)
- Green (partnered) Pixel Lobby servers can now grant online unlockables such as Shadow Palettes.
- There is now a sound effect when you enter the pause menu.
- Fixed a casual rank bug that would overwrite your rank with the rank of the player you were spectating. This is why a lot of people were jumping up to max rank inexplicably.
- Fixed a ton of minor bugs that are too numerous to list.
- Versus CPU Mode is now available.
- All characters now have animated crouch idles.
- Fixed an issue that caused the manual button icon display toggle on button config to not affect anything.
- The AI has been revised overall. You should see a lot more intentional behavior.
- Fred has new tutorial portraits.
- Fixed a number of typos in the tutorial.
- Fixed a coloring issue on the back of her head when she turns away from the camera in various animations.
- Cross Canter now costs the correct amount of super meter(!)
- Oleander’s command list now shows that Fred attacks can be held.
- Tianhuo now has updated fire effects on many of her moves.
- The panther has new swipe animations.
Here’s the launch trailer celebrating the game leaving early access.
As a reminder, the Them’s Fightin’ Herds Pixel Lobby now has special crossover avatar costumes. People who own BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, and Skullgirls Second Encore will have game-specific cosmetic items based on Cerebella, Jin Kisaragi, Ky Kiske, Peacock, Ragna the Bloodedge, and Sol Badguy.
Them’s Fightin’ Herds is available for PCs.