Michael Mendheim Videogame Design and Production
Mutant Football League
An all-star team of talent has been assembled to breathe new life into one of the video game industry’s most beloved, and downright brutal, sports-hybrid genres. Michael Mendheim, the original creator and lead designer of Mutant League, is initiating a development effort for a new video game entitled Mutant Football League™.
CrimeCraft (Bleedout and GangWars)
CrimeCraft is a free-to-play online MMORPG (Persistent World Next-generation Shooter) developed by Vogster Entertainment and published at retail by THQ. The game is set in the near future where the world lies in anarchy and gangs have replaced governments after the worlds oil reserves have run dry.
I was brought onto the project after a difficult launch and was tasked with resurrecting the title. Responsible for creative direction, product development and production milestones. Title was re-launched as "Bleedout" and we also delivered an expansion titled"Gang Wars". The game has since been sold to MAYN games.
Robocalypse is a real-time strategy video game developed and published by Vogster Entertainment for the Nintendo DS. I was the creative director on the project and hired Jay Lender and Micah Wright, former writers for SpongeBob SquarePants to write the story. Robocalypse has received positive reception, garnering a 79.8% from Game Rankings and 79 from Meta Critic. It is often praised for being one of the few real-time strategy games on the Nintendo DS. A follow up, Robocalypse: Beaver Defense, was released for WiiWare in June 2010. On September 18, 2009, Vogster released a mobile adaption on App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch - titled Robocalypse: Mobile Mayhem.
Def Jam: Icon
Def Jam: Icon is a fighting game, and is the third in Electronic Arts's Def Jam-licensed hip hop video game series. The game was developed by EA Chicago, developers of Fight Night Round 3. Unlike the previous games in the series, the game's soundtrack is completely uncensored and controllable. The game was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Consoles on March 6, 2007 through GameStop Pre-Orders, and March 8, 2007 for all other gaming outlets. I was the Producer of the project.
The Mutant League Brand
Mutant League Football was published by Electronic Arts in 1993 for the Sega Genesis. I drove the creative vision for the product and also the game design. Mutant League Football was the #1 selling game and spawned a syndicated television cartoon series, a toyline and Mutant League Hockey sequel. The game was a parody of the lunacy of network sports. Contrary to popular belief the game was NOT developed on the Madden game engine, we developed our own unique engine. Mutant League still has an intense fan following and remains my all-time favorite project.