|My Little Pony Explorers|
|Developer(s)||PlatinumGames EAD No.2, Astralitz Games|
|Publisher(s)|| Global: Astralitz
|Platform(s)||Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, RazerPocket, Steam|
| November 2017
|Chapter Mode, Challenge Mode,|
| E10+ (Cartoon Violence)
PEGI 7 (Non-realistic violence toward fantasy characters) CERO: A
|Series||Platinum licensed titles|
|Predecessor||TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan|
|Successor||Rise of the Power Rangers|
"Purify the Fallen"
My Little Pony Explorers (also known as MLP: Wrath of Virena in PAL countries and MLP: Harmony Brawl in Japan) is a upcoming sorceress beat-em-up game by Platinum Games and Hasbro, the same collab that brought Transformers: Devastation. Unlike other Platinum games, it sold well. PlatinumGames had decided to balance out their projects, so they formed two development groups. One handles major projects, and the other handles minor projects. As Activision left Platinum, Platinum would find a different publisher which would be Astralitz Games would get published for the Switch as well.
The game has gotten neutral reception, while criticism goes to it's short length, but despite that, it was a success through articles from Equestria Daily, and as a result, it sold well to bronies. (which later would take over NieR Automata's success and would be knocked out by Bayonetta Ultimate)
At the E3 2016 Astralitz press conference, two MLP licensed titles were announced; MLP Project Legendary and the other project codenamed Harmony Brawl. Project Legendary is a turn based mobile RPG with elements, strategy and competition. Project Harmony Brawl is an action game meant for the home consoles. As Astralitz is looking for a developer to do the work, they chose PlatinumGames due to their action game aspects. Aaron Redding was going to direct the game, but instead he went on to an project with Lauren Faust which is untitled until after the DLC release while in the meantime he still produced the game prototype for Platinum.
Following the success of Project Legendary, Redding livestreamed on Twitch a demo of MLP Harmony Brawl's first two stages. The following differences are present;
- The main menu art is an overlook of Virena's castle on a full moon. The final game shows Virena holding the Apostles' Crystal animated.
- The prototype's HUD had numbers indicating health and up to 20 bars like in Metroid. In the final game the player could only have double max bars. As each bar in the original game could hold 100 and maximum in the final game for each bar is 1000, that translates to 2000 HP. Despite the fact, enemies did less damage and damage rates were lower than the PlatinumGames version.
- The hard difficulties were known as Hard and Very Hard. There was no Celestia difficulty at the time.
- Dialogue boxes were used similar in fashion to Wonderful 101 during ingame cutscenes.
- There was no bit currency at the time, and weapons had to be collected.
Following the recent cancellation of Platinum's Scalebound in January 2017, an announcement of two new games (a remake and a new licensed title was announced) was created. The remake, also known as Bayonetta Ultimate, would be developed for Steam, Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch, which has the following new features as broadcast in E3 2017. It would also be optimized for Scorpio and Pro consoles.
- 4K graphics (support for 8K and triple screen)
- New weapons and accessories
- Play both Bayonetta 1 and 2 campaigns (also has a bonus campaign)
- Runesword: Customizable weapon that levels up in a RPG style, can be upgraded to do much higher damage (you can have a combo weapon if you want to score big or a nuker weapon if you want to plow down the enemies in seconds)
- New Beast Strikes: Use Panther Strike to swiftly attack your enemies, and counterattack with Bat Within!
The licensed title, would also be nicknamed My Little Pony: Wrath of Virena, starring a whole new villain and many villains from the series. Due to the mixed reception (Korra and TMNT got mixed to negative reviews and Transformers got positive), it would be announced on March that the Bayonetta director, Hideki Kamiya will be involved to supervise production. On April 2017, a new small developer team known as PlatinumGames EAD No.2, would be formed to make the smaller projects alongside the crew working on MLP Harmony Brawl at the time (Aaron Redding, Jeremy Green and Juno Gomez) while EAD No.1 (the main company) would be doing the larger projects.
Although this is another Platinum action game, they would fit the audience down by going a more cartoonish art style similar to Mighty No 9, Yooka-Laylee, Wonderful 101 and Sonic Mania.
The soundtrack they'll be going for is a combination of happy-go-lucky and jazz along with vocals similar to Nier and Sonic the Hedgehog as opposed to their more action-oriented soundtrack in their other action games.
Using up the money they were to use for Scalebound, the cancelled game, the game would only have 8 stages (12 extra stages and one secret chapter), but also up to two unlockable difficulties like the Devastation game. The game would also have unlockable weapons and accessories in seperate slots similar to the main titles.
July 2017, Juno Gomez, the designer set up a Twitter poll on what cover art they like for the game.
- Cover A is a hooded Virena holding an red crystal of darkness. This was the winner.
- Cover B is a 3D cover which shows Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash looking at the viewer with Fallen Monsters behind them. This is the main cover and wallpaper used on the main website, not on the game.
- Cover C is Princess Celestia holding an yin-yang sphere of darkness
- Cover D is a 3D cover with Twilight Sparkle doing a wind dance with the Harmony Blade.
- Cover E is Virena on her throne alongside Abel and Krantz, and a shadow of Ruby Moon behind her. The landscape version was used for the bootup screen on the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and Switch.
On October 2017, the game is finished and got an E10+ rating (Cartoon Violence). A TV commercial was aired on Discovery Family, and the final release date would be November 4, 2017. The trailer had a female singer that sang the theme song and the band "Young Tribe" that did the trailer song from Ubisoft's For Honor. It also got YouTube ads and TV spots to help out with the sales and promotion. The TV spot is an live action/gameplay TV spot called "Sorcerer of Harmony", where a female sorcerer is shown with magic spells and states: "Watch and learn as you can spread some harmony with the power of magic!"August 2017, the game was almost done. Stages were done, the challenges were done. A tweet update announced that EAD No.2 would be undergoing quality assurance of the game for 5 weeks.
Kamiya tweeted after the mixed reception that this was actually the replacement for Scalebound using up their money they were to use, and yes, regarding the short length it does have a bit of content to use and two unlockable difficulties opposed to one in Bayonetta 2.
On January 2018, an DLC called "Harmony Arena" would be called, and articles went around that you could challenge the creators of MLP in pony form in the DLC which was based off the arena DLC where you could fight the CEOs from NieR. This was made to cash in on the financial success of this title.
Virena, the fallen princess of Equestria, has unleashed the power of the Apostles of Equestria. Using it, she casts a ritual that is said to release the spirits of the banished from Equestria. She uses it, and then Nightmare Moon, Queen Chrysalis, Dazzlings, and herself aim to take over Equestria.
Princess Celestia is seeing that there is a eternal night in Equestria. Twilight Sparkle is called to restore the Elements of Harmony, since they have been seized by the Apostles.
Twilight Sparkle is accompanied by the mane six to find Queen Chrysalis and defeat her again. After defeating her, they find out that Virena is taking over Equestria by harnessing the power of the Apostles.
Adagio Dazzle, Sonata Dusk and Aria Blaze are called down to Canterlot, possessed by Virena, battle against the Mane Six. After defeating them, Sonata Dusk decides to give the mane six the location of Virena.
When Twilight Sparkle and the mane six arrive at Virena's castle, she then decides to summon her monsters again and take over Equestria.
Virena escapes from her castle to the moon, and engages with a duel with Twilight Sparkle, and Twilight Sparkle unleashes the magic of harmony, and Virena is thrown into space, never to be seen again. Before Virena flies away, Twilight Sparkle had to figure out the main source of the Apostles. She then returns to her library to find any research about them. However, none of the books mentioned anything about the Apostles or the Fallen Princesses, so she had to find research on her own.
If Twilight Sparkle were to decline from asking Virena about the Apostles: Twilight Sparkle returns to Equestria, then Princess Celestia warns the mane six that she can still sense the Apostles are still active and they have to hurry to find it's other source, while some mysterious pony (Mirena) watches over them and states they'll face the queen of evil. The next day, a rain of disharmony (chocolate milk) starts in Equestria, and disharmony (Mirena's dark magic) falls on Equestria, indicating the Fallen Princesses had won.
Getting the bad ending for the first time gives you a message to the player that says:
- "Great, you've ended up bringing Equestria into disharmony. But don't worry, the mane 6 still need your help! Explore Equestria to find out what are those unknown Apostles of Equestria, find a way to purify those Fallen Princesses and save Equestria!"
Meanwhile, Rarity leaves the band to head back to Equestria's Castle. Upon seeing the museum of glass windows, she read a scroll about two princessess named Virena and Mirena who were banished,
If Twilight Sparkle were to ask Virena about the Apostles (if you collect all journal entries and clues) she can engage in a secret boss known as Dark Queen Mirena, which is the pony responsible for unleashing the Apostles after defeating Virena. Virena and Mirena are purified by the Elements of Harmony as the old Seraph Princesses of Equestria. Princess Celestia congratulates the mane six for reclaiming the Fallen Princesses. In the ending, the two Seraph Princesses gain their throne back in Equestria's castle, Virena, as a Seraph Princess that got reformed, decides to forgive Celestia for what she has done.
Harmony Arena (DLC)
Princess Celestia has discovered an ancient arena where the Apostles were once used, and many have fallen. The mane six are called in to fight the ancient fallen creatures there, only to find out that the mastermind is Lauren Faust, the creator of MLP FiM,
- Luna, where Twilight Sparkle has to turn Nightmare Moon back to Princess Luna (11 battles)
- Changelings, where Queen Chrysalis aims to attack Equestria (15 battles)
- Research, Twilight Sparkle searches for evidence of attacks (7 battles)
- Canterlot, Virena's attacks are reported at Canterlot (11 battles)
- Dazzle, where the Dazzlings are here at Canterlot (6 battles)
- Raider, where the mane six climb up the castle (15 battles) (the first Quest is a running stage similar to Bayonetta 2's representing the mane six heading to the castle)
- Ascent, where the mane six continue the raid (13 battles)
- Harmony, where the mane six finally fight against Virena (8 battles)
- Mirena, secret chapter where Twilight Sparkle finds out Mirena was responsible for harnessing the Apostles(5 battles)
These are the challenges. They are based off Witch Trials from Bayonetta, where you have to beat the game to unlock. Unlike Bayonetta, your not restricted to Celestia mode. A * means that this is an "That One Level" on TVTropes.
|Virena's Revenge||3||Virena is back, and she's even more powerful!||Pre-unlocked||Virena's Fury|
|Mirena's Strife||3||Mirena is fighting again after you foiled her plan...||Clear "Mirena", the bonus chapter||Barrage Chase|
|The Trio||3||The Trio is here. Seems like they won't give up...||Pre-unlocked||Iron Sphere|
|Nightmare Night||1||The night will still last forever...||Pre-unlocked||Nightmare Tome|
|Return of Chrysalis||1||Queen Chrysalis's back to ruin Canterlot.||Pre-unlocked||Changeling Form|
|Dazzle Down||1||Dazzlings are back and ready to rock Canterlot!||Pre-unlocked||Dazzle Song|
|Mane 6's Will*||3||Mane 6 is working for Virena now...||Clear all chapters with the entire Mane 6 (icons next to a chapter selection show which character you've used)||Mane 6 Crown|
|Virena Chase*||2 (first is a running quest)||You have to chase Virena. Don't let her get away!||Clear "Virena's Revenge"||Virena's Bracelet|
|Crystal Defenders||2||Changelings need their energy. Defend the crystal!||Clear "Return of Chrysalis"||Luminous Storm|
|Under our Spell*||2||Dazzlings are trying to fuel their new crystals. Try to stop the Dazzlings from getting their energy!||Clear "Dazzle Down"||Octavia's Bells|
|Ruby Moon||1||Nightmare Moon is starting a lunar eclipse and is becoming more aggressive...||Clear "Nightmare Night"||Ruby Aeonstorm|
|Mission X||9||Boss rush time! Take out all of the bosses!||Clear every challenge||Icy Dreams|
|Battle 001: Intro||1||Fight 50 elite rank enemies!||n/a||Phantom Dagger|
|Battle 002: Frightmare Fright||1||Fight Ruby and Nightmare Moon at the same time!||n/a||Blood Moon|
|Battle 003: Changeling Chaos||1||Queen Chrysalis is to "where and back again". Fight her to halt her advance!||n/a||Charmer Device|
|Battle 004: Dazzle Dance||1||Face the 3 Dazzlings at the same time!||n/a||Musical Melody Waver|
|Battle 005: Spinners||1||The arena floor is spinning. Don't get dizzy!||n/a||Party Cannon|
|Battle 006: Flash of Lightning||1||Portals are scattered across the arena. Be careful!||n/a||Portal Gun|
|Battle 006: 3 Warriors||1||Face the Fallen Warriors at the same time!||n/a||Fallen Blade|
|Battle 007: Fallen||1||Face Virena and Mirena at the same time!||n/a||Bond of the Fallen|
|Battle 008: TOP SECRET||1||You've made it, now face the champion!||Complete all other challenges||Lauren Faust (playable character)|
|Nightmare Moon||High||Medium||Shadow Wave|
|Queen Chrysalis||Medium||High||Changeling Laser|
|Abel "The Seeker"||High||Medium||Cloak and seek|
|Dark Armor||Medium||High||Phantom Hammer|
|The Dazzlings||High||High||Music Blaster|
|Krantz "The Guardian"||Medium||Very high||Doom Magnet|
|Ruby Moon "The Shadow"||Very high||high||Dark Circles|
|Fallen Princess Virena||High||Very high||Dark Starfall|
|Dark Queen Mirena||Very high||Very high||Dark Splash Explosion (instant death in Celestia difficulty)|
|Lauren Faust (DLC)||Very high||Very high||Quad-Kick (finishing kick that does high damage, takes control fo camera during action)|
|Milky Way (DLC)||Very high||Very high||Starfall Splitter (Starfall laser that splits into two particle blasts)|
As a Platinum beat-em-up game, this is expected.
- Mare/Easy: For players who want to explore just the story. (enemies have 50% attack and health and attack slower) Icon is a casual mare. Players that choose this difficulty first have the option to use the Magic Guide, which are based off Auto-Chips from Nier Automata.
- Normal: For gamers familar with gameplay style. (enemies have 100% stats) Icon is a battle-ready mare.
- Lord/Hard: For veteran gamers. Very challenging. (enemies have 175% attack and health and have new attacks) Icon is an smart and determined pony.
- Discord/Very Hard: Unlocked after beating Lord. Expert gamers onward. Challenges get even more serious. (enemies have 200% attack 250% health, more aggressive, and enemy layout changes) Icon is a pony armed with a harmony shield.
- Celestia/Hell: Unlocked after beating Discord. Hardcore gamers will face on this, the greatest challenge that awaits. (enemies have 350% attack and 250% health stats, health pickups are non-existant and Mirena's dark sphere explosion can kill the player with one hit regardless if they have two maxed out bars if they were to not dodge in time) Icon is Twilight Sparkle shown with fear on her face.
Unlike Devastation, there are achievements for beating Discord and Celestia difficulties.
|Character Name||Harmony Burst||Catchphrase||Pure Platinum Quote||Taunt|
|Twilight Sparkle||Gram of Harmony: A circle of light surrounds Twilight and eliminates the enemy.||"Are you ready to spread some harmony?"||"Twilight Sparkle: A+!"||"What? Is that all?"|
|Pinkie Pie||Star Cannon: Pinkie Pie unleashes star blasts from her cannon||
(giggles) "Let's have some fun today!"
|"Party time!"||"You wanna party?"|
|Applejack||Twister: Applejack unleashes high winds to throw the enemy up in the air, stunning them and damaging them||"Smart and strong, at your service.||"Rooted up."||"Your moves are kinda bad."|
|Fluttershy||Soaring Swarm: Fluttershy calls for a swarm of light birds to fly towards the enemy and bursting into light.||"We need to unite our powers!"||"Yay!"||"You should fix your ways."|
|Rarity||Jewel Barrier: Rarity gets a gem colored barrier that reflects damage to the enemy that attacks, and halves damage.||"I can do anything, as long as I stay brave."||"Acin it!"|
|Rainbow Dash||Sonic Rainboom: Rainbow Dash summons a rainbow laser snake that follows her around and unleashes laser attacks against enemies.||
"I will show you the power of loyalty!"
|"Now 20% cooler than before!"||"You need to be 20% cooler!"|
|Virena||Fallen Climax: Virena gets faster and gets immunity for 15 seconds. (She is unlocked by completing Lord difficulty, takes thrice more damage and moves muchs faster with Virena Time dodges, basing her off from Little King Zero in Bayonetta.)||*evil laugh* "I am Virena, the fallen princess of Equestria.||"A flawless victory for me!"||"Your making it easy!"|
|Princess Celestia||Blessed Requiem: Celestia hoards the Elements of Harmony to bless herself, giving her Harmony Time for 30 seconds. (She is unlocked by buying the Harmony Ticket for 999,999 bits She also cannot use any weapons, only her Celestial Hooves that are powerful similar in fashion to Rodin in Bayonetta.)||"One must understand the problem in order to find an resolution."||"This sunny scent is so sweet for today!"||"How about just giving up now?"|
|Lauren Faust (DLC)||Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls: Lauren throws a disco ball that plays the Milky Way theme (doesn't do any damage). Is unlocked by beating the championship match. Her Harmony Hooves let out Milky Way tinted stars.||"I am Queen Faust, and the return will be fuifilled!"||"One step closer to the Milky Way!"||"There is no escape for you!"|
This is a list of obtainable weapons. Unlike Devastation, you instead have a menu wheel between various weapons. There are no weapon ranks in this game, so unlike Devastation it won't be an action RPG styled beat-em-up. Ponies start with Harmony Hooves, which are their front legs with the Harmony Gauntlet, and they have various combos. After completing Chapter 1, you'll get the Magic Blade.
- Gunslinger: This spell involves ranged attacks
- Transform: This spell lets you transform into other monsters or gives you power. Only two exists.
- Enfeeble: This spell type lets you weaken enemies. Only one exists.
- Sorceress: This spell type involves all around attacks combined
|Weapon Name||Attack||Magic Effect||Fighting Style||Combos||How to Get|
|Nightmare Tome||Summon shadow waves.||Heavy shadow waves||Gunslinger||Low||Complete "Nightmare Night"|
|Changeling Form||Transform into a Changeling.||Lasers||Transform||Medium||Complete Return of Chrysalis|
|Dazzle Song||Unleash music to weaken your enemy's stats.||Ranged music notes||Enfeeble||Low|
|Arkus||Unleash a flurry of lasers.||Lock on missiles||Gunslinger||High||Craft it from Zecora|
|Dark Circle||Summon ground circles that do damage to enemies.||Void Zap||Sorceress||Medium||Craft it from Zecora|
|Doom Magnet||Pulls enemies towards you and does damage.||Whirlwind||Sorceress||Medium||Craft it from Zecora|
|Virena's Fury||Unleash four orbs that lock and drain enemy HP.||Chain-strike||Sorceress||Low|
|Barrage Chase||Unleash laser snakes and a circle of lasers.||Laser-snake orbit||Sorceress||High|
|Scarborough Fair||Shoot magenta homing magic missiles that do high damage||Bouncy homing missiles||Gunslinger||Low||Craft it from Zecora (Celestia-exclusive materials)|
|Magic Blade||Use a phantom blade to slash your enemies||Heavy slashes||Sorceress||High||Complete Chapter 1.|
|Harmony Cannon||Shoot energy stars at your enemies||Heavy stars||Gunslinger||Low|
|Magic Hammer||Use a phantom hammer to smash your enemies||Heavy smashes||Sorceress||Low||Complete Chapter 2|
|Luminous Storm||Summon a bolt that splits into the other enemies (up to 4 times equaling 16)||Guided ricochet||Sorceress||Low|
|Ruby Aeonstorm||Call upon the power of crystals to create a shield that whoever touchs you takes damage||HexaCrystal||Transform||Low|
|Icy Dreams||Use the power of ice crystals to damage your enemies. Highest ranging weapon.||Crystal Swarm||Gunslinger||High|
|Portal Gun||Fire portals from red to blue to redirect you.||Change portals/cancel them||Gunslinger||Low||Clear Battle 006|
|Blood Moon||An blade once belonged to an royal attendant.||Call a blood moon and damage your enemies in the shadows.||Sorceress||Medium||Clear Battle 002|
|Party Cannon||Shoots out confetti that barely does any damage||Summon confetti bombs||Gunslinger||Low|
|Musical Melody Waver||Shoots out magic notes that bounce off walls and enemies||Summon a homing ricochet||Gunslinger||Low|
|Fallen Blade||An dark blade with shadow sonic waves||Summon sonic waves in 3 more directions||Sorceress||Medium|
A * means this accessory is from the DLC.
|Virena's Bracelet||Adds an powerful counterattack on perfect dodges.||Clear Virena Chase.|
|Magic Guide||Enables auto dodges and auto combos. You can turn it off/on on it's seperate slot. Note on Hard difficulty, these are always disabled.||Started with.|
|Mane 6 Crown||Reduces mana consumption on special attacks.||Clear Mane 6's Will.|
|Iron Sphere||Adds extra range to your attacks.||Clear The Trio.|
|Octavia's Bells||Avoids staggering from enemy attacks.||Clear Under our Spell.|
|Celestia's Orb||Allows you to have infinite magic gauge, maximizing your weapon power.||Clear Discord Mode.|
|Phantom Dagger*||Adds an phantom strike to your attacks.||Clear Battle 001.|
|Bond of the Fallen||Harmony Burst is replaced with Mirena's magnet explosion.||Clear Battle 007.|
|Milky Way Jewel||Magic attacks will call Milky Way starfalls.||Clear Battle 008.|
The game is more based on Legend of Korra, due to the fact that it inherits the counter-attack system instead of Witch Time, similar to Metal Gear Rising. with some differences;
- The characters instead have upgradable health bars (max is two double-sized health bars)
- To make up for that to prevent the game from being too easy for gamers, health pickups are rare, and must rely on consumables (your not penalized for using items)
- Characters use spells that they can unlock (based off weapon selection) instead of being an action RPG like Devastation and Nier and only four fighting styles like Korra.
- Scoring is based on combo hits and overkilling. Combo hits increase your score, while overkilling reduces your score.
- Perfect dodges do negate damage like in Nier.
- The magic gauge is similar in terms of Wonderful 101 but collectibles can recharge it.
- There is also training missions to demonstrate the basics (in those missions there is no health bar meaning the player can't die)
- Unlike Korra/Devastation, the game over screen isn't just a instant continue, a message saying "The Quest for Harmony is Over" will appear, and you see your Mane 6 character you were playing as sitting in the darkness on a blue spotlight, on top it says "Continue?", similar to Bayonetta. Choosing Yes, your mane 6 character will stand and cheer. Choosing No, Virena will let out a evil laugh and you are returned to the main menu.
- The shop is the Harmony Lab, and with bits they can buy items and accessories, and there is Zecora's Hut, where you can craft items. (Zecora's Hut is unlocked after Chapter 3)
- Chapter selection is shown over books. When you select a chapter, Twilight/Virena/Celestia depending on who you choose opens it and the pages flip.
- Battles/verses/missions are called Quests.
- There are no endless runner stages with 90 degree turns that have hits instead of health bars (there are only two, but they play more like Bayonetta 2's running stage with the demon unicorn with only forward running)
- Characters can equip four spells on the weapon wheel, and two accessories.
- Ranks go from Stone to Pure Platinum (and unlike other licensed titles by Platinum you earn awards)
- Stone: A pony down on her knees. "Heh heh heh. Is that all you've got?"
- Bronze: A casual pony. "Mmm. okay, but can you do better next time?"
- Silver: Twilight Sparkle with a book. "Twilight Sparkle, I know you can do it."
- Gold: Rainbow Dash ready for flight. "20% cooler? Check!"
- Platinum: Princess Celestia in her harmony stance. "Shall harmony be blessed in the end."
- Pure Platinum: Princess Celestia holding the Elements of Harmony with PlatinumGames on the award. "I am the Champion of Harmony, and nothing can stop me!"
- You can restart battles (if your going for Pure Platinum)
- "Anti-Frustration Feature: Trying to go for that Princess Platinum achievement? You can now restart battles to go for that Pure Platinum!" Cause when you restart a battle, the time consumed during the battle and what happened doesn't count anymore!
- There is an alchemy system where the player can build consumables and spells (there are 5 consumables and 5 buildable weapons while the rest have to be unlocked)
- Ponies can run (based off Panther Within) by pressing R2 twice. R2's dodge is based off a dash like Nier's instead of a flip like Bayonetta.
- Currency is bits (max is 999,999 bits)
"My my my, a visitor! So, I heard the Fallen Princesses have arrived, so, what can I do for you?
Visiting Zecora from the Harmony Lab lets you craft various things that you collect from gameplay, from accessories to weapons.
|Item Name||Required Materials|
|Arkus||x8 Harmony Crystal, x8 Magic Crystal|
|Dark Circle||x8 Dark Crystal, x12 Magic Crystal|
|Doom Magnet||x15 Dark Crystal, x16 Laughter Crystal, x5 Wind Crystals|
|Scarborough Fair||x15 Rainbow Crystal, x50 Umbran Jewels|
|Achievement Name||How to Get||Trophy Rank|
|Save Luna!||Clear Chapter 1 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Fly Away, Changelings!||Clear Chapter 2 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Found Anything?||Clear Chapter 3 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Canterlot Guardian||Clear Chapter 4 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Dazzle Drop||Clear Chapter 5 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Castle Crashers||Clear Chapter 6 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Topsy Turvy||Clear Chapter 7 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Gotcha, Virena!||Clear Chapter 8 in any difficulty||Bronze|
|Equestria's Hero||Clear the story mode in any difficulty||Silver|
|Mystery Solved!||Clear the secret chapter in any difficulty (Hidden)||Silver|
|Vinyl Scratch||Defeat 30 enemies with music only on Lord or higher||Silver|
|Rise of Harmony||Clear all chapters on Lord difficulty.||Silver|
|Equestria's Defender||Clear all chapters on Discord difficulty.||Silver|
|Celestia's Chosen One||Clear all chapters on Celestia difficulty.||Gold|
|Princess Platinum||Get Pure Platinum on all chapters on Lord or higher||Gold|
|Deaf Pony||Defeat the Dazzlings without getting controlled by their music on Lord or higher||Silver|
|Sly Mare||As a Changeling, defeat 25 enemies without being noticed on Lord or higher||Silver|
|Challenger||Clear all the challenges on any difficulty||Silver|
|Pro Challenger||Clear all the challenges on Lord or higher||Silver|
|Expert Challenger||Clear all the challenges on Discord or higher.||Silver|
|Celestia's Challenger||Clear all the challenges on Celestia difficulty.||Gold|
|Mare-o-netta||Summon the Scarborough Fair spell.||Gold|
|Celestia's Master||Collect all of the achievements. Celestia congratulates you!||Platinum|
|Celestia's Gladiator||Clear Harmony Arena in Celestia Mode.||Gold|
|Prized Gladiator||Clear Harmony Arena in any difficulty.||Silver|
|Gladiator||Clear your first challenge in Harmony Arena.||Bronze|
|Party Time (Secret)||Throw a rainbow party. (throw a discoball on Lauren Faust to make her dance)||Bronze|
When Aaron Redding announced a new game called MLP: Harmony Brawl, and stated it was an action brawler, bronies were hyped up. The statement was posted on Equestria Daily, and dozens of comments were getting excited, as it was an actual action-adventure game with some action-packed gameplay. Redding also stated that unlike the movie or the TV series, it's going to feature a never-before seen villain that would be exclusive to the game at the time.
The livestream got positive reception, with the aspects of an 3D action brawler similar in style of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. Criticism goes to it's subpar graphics (the title background was just a CG which was sub-standard). Some called it "Princess May Cry" or "Maronetta" at the time.
When Aaron Redding stated that PlatinumGames is going to put their action game aspects into it, and he's gonna move over to Platinum to do the work, fans were even more hyped, as they wondered what kind of action aspects would Platinum put into the My Little Pony franchise, including it's hardcore gameplay, fighting, combat, etc. Redding tweeted that "This time it's going to be a big seller over there!" as Platinum that time was making a game aimed a huge fandom and Equestria Daily.
My Little Pony Explorers had mixed to postive reviews, while some criticized it's short length. (A playthrough on Normal could take around 2.5 hours but there is much more to it than that, though).
It got 55's to 65's on Metacritic, a 6/10 on GameSpot, IGN gave it a 5.9 "mediocre", stating that the game may not be a bit friendly to use (meaning it could be hard to pickup and play) for it's younger audience (as they described the game as an "little girls' version of DmC or Bayonetta" aimed for all audiences and not just it's target audience, and it got a 6:5 like to dislike ratio as most gamers don't have a problem with that) Despite the fact, it got noticed by MLP fan sites everywhere calling it "a wish for an official MLP "action" game come true" and had high ratings from users. It is often called "Mareonetta" or "Metal Gear Rising: Equestria" due to the counterattack system by bronies. Hasbro would later create a three episode special called "Power of the Apostles", and an novel called Virena's Strife by Perdita Finn, and would be the only three materials at the time with the Fallen Princesses of Equestria. (twin sisters Virena and Mirena)
On it's announcement trailer, the top comments were like:
- Take my money for your highest quality pony game
- "Cease-and-desist incoming from Hasbro." (which was actually licensed and some of the combat is inspired from Mane6's Fighting is Magic)
- "Metal Gear Rising: Equestria, coming soon for you all bronies!"
- "PLATINUM GAMES" (as Astralitz had Platinum have their action game aspects)
Fans compared Shantae's Hardcore Mode to this game's Hell Mode (as fans called it Hell Mode more often than it's real name "Celestia") as both difficulties are represented by a character looking in fear and is more hardcore and challenging.
Despite the mixed reception, it sold well (75% of the sales linking to bronies) and was well enjoyed, calling it the sister to MLP: Project Legendary (Astralitz) as they were both high-quality games that make use of the MLP license. It has gotten an "Very Positive" reception on Steam, as most of the reviews thanked Aaron Redding (chief of Astralitz Mobile) for giving the fandom high-quality MLP games, one for the smartphones and one for the consoles.
On Miiverse, popular posts include:
- Clearing Mission X. (even more serious when done on Celestia Mode (or should fans call it Hell) AND Pure Platinum)
- Fan art of MLP: Friendship is Magic.
- A post that said "Bring it on, Lauren Faust!" with a maxed out Twilight Sparkle with the best accessories and the best weapons assigned for the arena DLC hype.
- Posts that show that Lauren Faust's special attack is basically a joke; it throws a disco ball that just plays music.
- Earning the following achievements:
- Getting a achievement for clearing Celestia/Hell Mode.
- Completing the game with Pure Platinum on higher difficulties.
- Mastering out the game by getting the Celestia's Master achievement.
- Finding bugs/glitches and secrets
Redding said in the interview that the MLP: Project Legendary game is meant for it's target audience as it's more of an RPG, and Wrath of Virena was more to it's brony fandom due to it's action game aspects.
- Rating: 3.88
- What do you think this title appeals to?: Everyone 45%, 55% Gamers.
- What kind of play title is this more suitable for?: Casual 25%, Intense 75%.
- This is Platinum's first game to support ultra 4K 60fps on the consoles.
- This is another Platinum game to have a second ending, when rumors of a second ending were aboard of Transformers Devastation, it was decided it would be added. The first Platinum game to have more endings was Nier Automata.
- This is Platinum's first licensed title to get a retail publisher in Japan, with Marvelous publishing the retails.
- This is Platinum's only action game to have a "joke" weapon that is just for showoff and not for fighting. Their next joke weapon was a water soaker gun in Bayonetta III.
- This is the first Platinum game where the story ALTERS on collectibles.
- This is Platinum's first non-Nintendo game to get an E10+ rating. After playing Capcom's Nightmare Before Christmas DMC game and how it got an E10+ rating and the show's audience, they would aim for a E10+ rating. (Notably, their competitor Morandal did licensed titles also and they got E10+ also. However, tension between Morandal and Platinum won't build up until Morandal's "world's first all-in-one RPG")
- This is the first E10+ game based of My Little Pony.
- The idea of the Harmony Arena DLC was derided from NieR Automata's, where you fight the CEOs of Square Enix and PlatinumGames which are actual people.
- The Apostles of Equestria weren't like the Apostles from Crusaders Quest although it was implied, they were more as like the ancient version of Elements of Harmony.
- One of their abandoned concepts was this is going to be an action RPG like Nier:Automata and Transformers, but as it's more on the action it has been scrapped. Their next action RPG is going to be Granblue Fantasy Project Re:Link with Cygames, and that is a series to be continued in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
- Originally, according to the data and an commentary ingame. Discord was originally going to be called Chaos Mode and Celestia was originally going to be called Hell Mode. This was changed to be less frightening. Notably, Celestia is called Hell Mode in the Japanese release. In response, fans made a mod where it changes the name "Celestia Mode" to "Hell Mode".
- This is the only licensed title to involve Hideki Kamiya, as Platinum's recent titles were in cahoots of reception. He would later come back for Bayonetta Ultimate and the new and improved Scalebound in 2019 and their new IP.
- This is the first Platinum licensed title to sell well. Opening sales were in third place of Platinum, second place was Bayonetta Ultimate (which was a big financial success) and first place was Scalebound. (which was third place on the action RPGs of 2019)
- This is the first Platinum game outside of Japan to make use of ads, as their past titles did not sell well enough due to not enough promotion and advertising. Platinum would go for a live action TV spot for Bayonetta Ultimate and the new Scalebound.
- The TV spot was based off Horizon Zero Dawn's: "Sure you can take down a 60ft robotic dinosaur with one of these, but where's the skill in that?"