The worst-kept video game secret of 2016 has finally been officially announced. Platinum Games and Activision are teaming with Nickelodeon for a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game, and one with a distinct co-op bent, too. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will see the fab four tackle perennial villains Shredder and his Foot Clan across the city they all call home. Unlike Platinum's previous '80s cartoon-turned-action game Transformers Devastation, TMNT: MiM won't have an art style that's ripped straight from the animation archives. Instead, it looks like Platinum is following the art style of IDW Publishing's current TMNT artist, Mateus Santolouco.

Platinum's got a strong history of developing exciting action games, though there have been a few misses in the company's expanding catalog. After the success of Transformers Devastation, it's easy to get caught up in hoping TMNT will be just as solid. The gameplay shown off in the trailer looks good in motion, but without being able to play it ourselves it's hard to say definitively. Let's not get hung up on the possibilities of disappointment just yet though because this game is going to have Armaggon, and that's just cool enough for us right now.

It's not often that going with a 3D modeled comic book style can work, but Platinum's got a little experience with similar games like Mad World, and TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan looks like IDW's comic has really come to life. The heavy, moody inks bring a darker, noir tone to the overall look, but the character models are the real stars of the show. It's amazing how well the devs have managed to capture Santolouco's style and animate it without it looking awkward. Even the motions of characters and their weapons have traditional comic book flourishes, giving the game a bit more personality and visual flair.

What little we can see of the team-up moves does look pretty sweet. It's been a while since we've had a competent four-player TMNT game, and getting together with a few friends to bash heads Platinum style certainly sounds like a good way to spend a weekend. So long as nobody else tries to snag Raphael before me because then we'd have words, and they wouldn't be nice ones like "cowabunga." Hopefully we'll learn more about what Platinum's got planned in the coming weeks now that the cat is out of the bag and we don't have to keep pretending this game isn't coming out any more.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will be available this summer on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.



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