With news of Xbox One exclusive Scalebound being delayed to 2017, it seems the number of games in development at studio Platinum Games is catching up with them. The studio has released five games since 2013 – including last year’s Transformers: Devastation and 2014’s critical hit Bayonetta 2 – and has a plethora of titles currently in production that may have led to Scalebound’s delay, including Star Fox Zero and Project Guard for Wii U, and Nier: Automata for PlayStation 4.
Then, of course, there's the recent news of the developer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game titled Mutants in Manhanttan. Back in November, Australia’s classification board had a listing for the title and just last month the official artwork was leaked. The existence of the game was further compounded when achievements popped up this month confirming the addition of a ‘Pizza Room’. Surprisingly, publisher Activision has not announced the game in any official capacity as of yet, but more details have leaked once again in the form of screenshots.
As can be seen below, the game incorporates an art style similar to Transformers: Devastation and 2014’s The Legend of Korra, and focuses on the developer’s strength of third-person combat games. The famous turtles are duking it out in sewers and on the streets of New York, and fans will be happy to see the inclusion of classic TMNT character Bebop.
Platinum Games is starting to get a reputation for developing too many titles at once. The studio's current oversubscribed state is comparable to that of Telltale Games, which currently has The Walking Dead Season 3 and a separate three-episode spinoff titled Michonne in development, as well as a Batman series, Game of Thrones Season 2, and a Marvel title due out in 2017. With a studio size of 200 having to develop four games at once, more Platinum Games titles may see delays in the future akin to Scalebound’s.
Many will wonder if Platinum’s two Nintendo titles, Star Fox Zero and Project Guard, will release on the NX instead of the Wii U, or if they will be cross-platform between Nintendo’s two consoles. The majority of the studio is sure to be working on Nier and Scalebound as the two AAA titles in development, although Nier has not yet been given a release date. The game may have been pushed out of 2016 like Scalebound without the public knowing, as a release date for the PlayStation 4 exclusive seems set to be announced at this year’s E3 or the more Japanese focused Tokyo Games Show in September.
We'll keep you updated on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan as development continues.