Rumor has it that Rocksteady, the developer who redefined Batman and stealth gaming, is working on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle game. If that didn’t give you goose bumps, the dirty rumors after the break will.
If there was any developer who could pull off a decent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlegame, Rocksteady would probably be the ticket. Think of playing Arkham City, and imagine that style implemented into the coolest super hero franchise ever. If you look back at the old school TMNT, and I mean comic book old school, you’ll notice that the turtles heavily rely on stealth. Not to mention, the comic series was (awesomely) damn dark. Sounds like it’s right in Rocksteady’s wheelhouse, doesn’t it? Let’s look at some of the rumors below:
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Crisis is the alleged name of the title.
– Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo are the four playable characters, each with their own varied move set and weapon of choice (sword, bo staff, sai, and nunchucku…respectively).
– Flashbacks are played as Master Splinter/Hamato Yoshi. – Shurikens, smoke bombs, grappling hooks, and climbing foot spikes.
– Gameplay and story/stage progression similar to Batman: Arkham City. – Classic characters such as Bebop and Rocksteady (warthog and rhinoceros), Dr. Baxter Stockman, Shredder (Oroku Saki), and Krang act as bosses and in the case of the humans-turned-mutants, you fight them in both forms throughout the story.
– The Turtle Van and Turtle Blimp will be present and with them and other gadgets, the Wii U build is expected to have touch screen controls for specific actions.
– Multiplayer is unknown.
– Graphics engine used is that of Arkham City.
– The game is expected to be more dark than slapstick, but the turtles themselves and their interactions with the Foot Clan, bosses, and story characters like April O’Neil and Casey Jones will still have comedy attached.
– Purportedly being in development for Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
– Careful selection of voice actors to bring the universe to life as well as Rocksteady did with their two Batman games.
– Manhattan Crisis shares a similar name to the 1991/1992 NES title, “The Manhattan Project”, but is very much its own title.
Finally, a TMNT game that actually falls in line with the comic! I mean, including classic characters with the turtle van and blimp? I’m about to have a turtle-gasm. Wait. Don’t get your hopes up yet. Remember, this is only a rumor! If true, perhaps Rocksteady will help get the turtles out of their decade-long rut much like they did for Batman. This needs to happen because the last TMNT game that I consider to be “fun” was played on my SNES.