Heads up, TMNT fans. As reported by Game Informer, the folks at Dotemu and Tribute games have revealed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. This is a throwback, sidescrolling beat-em-up that harkins back to the glory days of the heroes in a half shell. Have a look at the trailer.
As we can see, this looks like it was ripped straight from the 90s. Though not officially a sequel to Turtles in Time, a popular video game featuring the characters, it appears to be a spiritual sequel to that title. Players can choose to play as Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello or Leonardo.
“We wanted to bring back a game for the fans of the ‘87 animated series and also the old arcade games of the ‘90s,” Tribute Games co-founder Jean-Francois Major said. “Because we felt that people missed it. And including us, because, personally, I played those games a lot as a kid and I missed them a lot. So that was the idea that started it.”
Here is the synopsis for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.
“With Bebop and Rocksteady amassing gizmos to support Krang and Shredder’s latest scheme, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge finds the turtles battling through a breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations to thwart their nemeses’ most diabolical plan yet. Armed with shell-shocking new abilities built on a foundation of classic brawling mechanics, the gang are in for an exhilarating, Foot Clan-stomping romp leading them through the sewers and bustling boroughs of New York City all the way to Dimension X.”
The game will be available on PC through steam and on consoles. Though no specific list of consoles was provided, it seems like a safe bet that this will make its way to all major consoles on the market currently.
Nickelodeon currently holds the rights to the TMNT franchise. Tribute had actually been trying to work with them on a game for more than a decade. Luckily, things eventually panned out.
“We were always super persistent,” Tribute Games co-founder Jonathan Lavigne said. “Like, if we’re gonna take on one of your IPs, we want it to be TMNT. Every time the topic was brought up about us taking on a project, I would always say, ‘Well, we really want to do TMNT.’ We grew up in the arcades and playing TMNT, so we really wanted to have a stab at it.”
Meanwhile, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are currently developing a new Ninja Turtles animated movie. Paramount is also said to be looking at a possible live-action reboot following the pair of Michael-Bay produced films that were released in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge does not yet have a release date.