The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and video games go together like pizza and the word “Cowabunga!” There have been numerous games based on the franchise over the years, though few have managed to match the love (and frustration) associated with some of the classic early games.
A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is apparently on the way from Platinum Games, developer of such titles as Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101 and the upcoming Star Fox Zero. Beyond the title, though, very little is known about the game so far.
According to GamesRadar, the Australian ratings board recently posted rating information for a game titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. The game is rated M for mature (not recommended for children under 15), though it’s worth noting that this is different than the MA15+ rating for mature audiences; the difference between the two is similar to the difference between a PG-13 and an R rating for movies in the United States. The Australian Classification Board rated the game M for “violence and online interactivity.”
Looking at the rating breakdown, the only items of note are that the game contains violence, themes and language that could have an impact on younger players. This suggests that the game is likely a standard beat-em-up like previous TMNT games, and isn’t likely to contain extreme violence or blood (since the “violence” component was listed as only having a moderate impact). It will have an online component, though whether that’s in the form of online gameplay or non-gameplay online features is unknown.
Platinum Games has made some pretty interesting games in the past, so seeing them work on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title is kind of exciting. Platinum’s games typically receive positive reviews, and they’ve had some engaging effects and boss battles in the past. They’ve also nailed the nostalgia bit, as seen in Transformers: Devastation; this may be part of the reason that they’re working on Mutants in Manhattan, as Devastation was also developed for Activision and received a significant amount of praise for how it really captured the spirit of the Transformers franchise.
Some fans may be hesitant to get too excited when they hear that Platinum Games is involved, since some of Platinum’s biggest hits as of late have been for Nintendo consoles. This doesn’t mean Platinum is a Nintendo-exclusive developer, however; Mutants in Manhattan is rumored for release on multiple platforms, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. While it remains to be seen if the game will meet the standards set by some of its predecessors, if Platinum can replicate what it did with the Transformers franchise, then it should still be a good time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is expected to release in 2016. Not much else is known about the game, but we’ll update you once we know more.