Every console generation has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title, but somehow there just doesn’t seem to be enough love for them. Some might argue the last real TMNT game was the underplayed Danger of the Ooze. However, Nickelodeon has redeemed the turtles as a TV series and the movie sequel might actually be good, so maybe it’s time for a proper TMNT video game renaissance as well.
Enter Platinum Games. The developer’s last title was the well received Transformers: Devastation, which was praised for accurately portraying the classic cartoon series. It seemed Platinum was hoping to continue that trend when they officially announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan in January 2016, a game that now has a confirmed release date, along with some new footage of the boss battles that players will get to contend with.
Gamestop initially set a placeholder release date near the end of the year, but the game will be out earlier than even they anticipated. TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan is confirmed to be coming out May 24, 2016, and will be available on both last and current gen systems. It lands just a few weeks before Out Of The Shadows hits cinemas and it will be interesting to see which one proves more popular. Given some of the footage from the trailer, it seems Mutants in Manhattan might be a strong contender for that title. The new trailer offers action worthy of a Saturday morning cartoon, as the turtles face off against multiple villains, such as Bebop, Rocksteady, Karai, and Super Shredder.
Transofmers Devastation was based on the animated series from which the franchise was born, not the blockbuster movie series — which may have been monstrous commercial successes, but have also met with scorn by fans and critics alike. It seems the latest TMNT video game will take a similar approach, no doubt to the delight of many fans. It’s worth noting, though, this game doesn’t bear much resemblance to the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series on Nickelodeon, suggesting Platinum has gone further back in the heroes in a half shell lore for inspiration.
What makes Mutants In Manhattan different is that there will be four player co-op, with each player able to control one of either Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, or Leonardo. Hopefully there will be a second trailer showing off just how those mechanics will work. Also, this trailer only offers a sample of the voiceover work in the game. One of the plus points for Transformers: Devastation was that the voice acting helped make it feel like it was a fully interactive episode of the classic show. If it is going to make as big an impression, Mutants in Manhattan will have to live up to those high standards.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan will be released on May 24 on PS3, PS4, Xbos 360, Xbox One and PC.