Activision and Platinum Games appear to be relying on leaks to market Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A set of screenshots hit early Saturday morning for the still unannounced action title, which finally reveal the Turtles looks along with some of the enemies and overall art style.
The leaked screenshot, captured by All Games Beta, does confirm the game the art style will borrow heavily from the work by IDW Comics artist, Mateus Santolouco. This was first outed by a previous leak that revealed the cover art for the game and also confirmed villains such as Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang. Prior to that, an Australian Ratings Board listing revealed the existence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.
The art style in Platinum's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game makes heavy use of cel-shading to bring out the comic book look. Additionally, each of the Turtles' weapons are highlighted with a colored glow. This is presumably a gameplay mechanic to make it easier for players to distinguish the four characters from one another beyond the headbands. It remains to be seen if this has any functionality beyond character identification.
The screenshots also give the first in-game look at Bebop along with Foot Soldiers and a Rock Soldier. This points to a plentiful roster of bad guys and villains for the Turtles to pound on throughout the game.
This marks Platinum Games' third licensed title with Activision. 2014's The Legend of Korra was Platinum's first effort 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.
There is obviously no release date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan yet since the game has not even been officially announced. A 2016 release is a safe assumption. It is just a matter of when.
[Image via All Games Beta]