Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan was finally made official Tuesday for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and last-gen consoles following multiple leaks. Activision and Platinum Games released a new trailer and revealed details for the fast-paced co-op action title featuring the Heroes in a Half Shell.
The leaks for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan began in December with the game being rated in Australia. That was followed by an Xbox LIVE Achievements leak, a cover art leak that showed it was based off of the IDW comics, and screenshots that confirmed the look of the game. Even Platinum Games realized how silly it the situation became when it posted a pre-announcement “Official Leak” on Facebook.
A website for TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan is now live along with an announcement trailer that confirms most of what was already known from the numerous leaks along with a summer 2016 release date. The game features the Turtles in a battle through New York City’s streets and sewers against Shredder and his clan of Foot ninjas.
“Battle alongside your brothers through the sewers, subways, and streets of NYC to take down Shredder and Krang’s evil organization, Foot by Foot. Unleash custom combat skills and powerful team combos to save Manhattan from the overwhelming dark forces growing in the shadows,” the game’s official description states on the Xbox Store.
The store listing also reveals the TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan story was penned by IDW Comic’s Tom Waltz. He’s been the writer on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic run since 2011.
The trailer shows brief glimpses of gameplay full of the distinctive Platinum Games fast-paced combat style. The four Turtles come together to pull off insane combos. It will be interesting to see how this is pulled off with four-player online co-op, but players will also have the ability to play alone and switch between the brothers.
Meanwhile, the cyber-shark Armaggon appears to be one of the mini-bosses in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan in addition to the expected villains of Shredder, Rocksteady, Bebop, and the Foot ninjas. The previous screenshot leaks also confirmed Rock Soldiers will be in the game. It’s safe to assume that a showdown against Krang waits at the end.
“We’ve put a lot more into this game than just combat: you can climb walls, glide along wires, and there’s a lot of freedom of movement that ties into the action. With this game, players will be able to feel like they’re the Turtles themselves, running, grinding, and gliding around NYC to prevent crimes,” Director Eiro Shirahama explained in an Activision Blog post.
The Xbox LIVE Achievements leak point towards an open-world setting in TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, which is hinted at in Shirahama’s statement. This would be a notable difference from Platinum Games’ previous licensed efforts under Activision – The Legend of Korra and Transformers: Devastation.
This marks Platinum Games’ third licensed title with Activision. 2014’s The Legend of Korra was Platinum’s first under the publisher’s umbrella, and the small-ish digital-only title worked in terms of combat, but its lack of depth, story, and replayability gave it mixed to negative marks in the Metacritic review round-up.
Platinum followed up with Transformers: Devastation at the start of October 2015. The title turned into a bit of a sleeper hit, as it pushed all the right nostalgia buttons by bringing back the character models and art style from the original 1980s cartoon, along with the original voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron while mixing in a wide range of combo attacks from different combos.
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