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According to a recent posting on the Australian Classification Board website, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is currently in development. Hold off on groans for a moment, folks, as it looks like this particular game is being developed by none other than Platinum Games.
While a new Ninja Turtles game hasn’t officially been announced yet, it’s not uncommon for games, especially licensed properties, to be outed a bit early by sites like Australian Classification Board. It turns out that’s exactly where you can look for a bit of insight into this new TMNT game, apparently called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.
The game is currently listed for launch on “multiple platforms” and has received an M rating from the site due to violence and online interactivity. I’m not sure how strict the Australian Classification Board really is, but that seems like a pretty high rating for a TMNT game. Also, that sounds like it might be rad news for folks looking to see the Turtles go a bit darker.
All we really know about the game is that it’s being published by Activision and developed by Platinum Games. In case you’re somehow unfamiliar with the development team, Platinum working on this next TMNS is probably the best piece of early info we could have asked for.
Not only did Platinum make the fan-favorite Bayonetta games and the cult classic Vanquish, but they’re also responsible for the recent hit, Transformers: Devastation. If they figured out a way to make their unique blend of platforming and insane combat work for robots in disguise, I imagine it will feel even more at home with a group of characters known to flip around the environment with weapons a-flying.
Platinum could probably use the same engine as Devastation and it would feel just as comfortable with TMNT, another ‘80s cartoon that’s still alive and kicking today. Even better is the fact that the games subtitle doesn’t seem to point to the Michael Bay films so, like Devastation, here’s hoping that Mutants in Manhattan is being developed with the freedom to create a new story set in a beloved universe.
At this point, Platinum has basically become one of those studios that can do no wrong in my book. And the fact that they’re following up Transformers with something so similar and yet so different makes a heck of a lot of since. If they do G.I. Joe next, my head might just explode. Or, better yet, a game that somehow unites all of those popular ‘80s properties into a single action-packed title. A boy can dream.