It's been a long time since there's been a competent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game available, let alone a good one. For many, the last fun TMNT game arrived in the long, long ago when consoles were cartridge-based, and you had to go to a friend's house if you wanted to enjoy multiplayer. There have been numerous attempts at reviving the franchise in the gaming space, with Nickelodeon and its partners even going so far as to slap new, high-definition coats of paint on titles fans considered classics. Though the franchise has had tremendous success reinventing itself for different animated audiences, that just hasn't translated to the video games.

There is hope, however. A new ratings listing from the Australian Classification Board hints that a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is on the way. Ordinarily, that would be news, but it wouldn't necessarily be something to be excited about. That this new TMNT game is being developed by Platinum Games however, makes all the (potential) difference in the world.

Recently, Platinum Games has been all over licensed titles for publisher Activision. After cult hits like Mad World, Bayonetta and Vanquish earned Platinum its loyal fan base, the company soon found itself at the helm at titles at Nintendo and Konami. Once Bayonetta 2 hit the wild, Platinum changed gears, and has released a string of games based on animated series like The Legend of Korra and Transformers Devastation. Now it would appear Platinum's talent for action games will be used once more for a much more radical experience.

Activision hasn't officially announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, but classification board leaks like this have almost always turned out to forecast an upcoming announcement. Given that Transformers Devastation was visually faithful to the classic cartoon of the '80s, there's at least a small chance Platinum might give the same treatment to its supposed TMNT game. With recent toy licensing from Nickelodeon at Mega Bloks and Bandai putting a bit of the spotlight on the retro designs over the more current incarnation, there's at least some standard of proof that Nickelodeon is more open the idea of celebrating TMNT's animated history. Just cross your fingers it's not meant to tie into the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film.

There's no telling when or where Mutants in Manhattan might be announced, but it's not like Platinum doesn't have a fairly full slate already with Scaledbound in development for Xbox One, some assists on Star Fox Zero on Wii U and Nier: Automata in progress for PlayStation 4. Where this team finds the time to add in more work is beyond me, but if it gets the kind of attention Transformers Devastation did, consider us intrigued.

 

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