Licensed video games are a crapshoot: sometimes you get GoldenEye 007, sometimes you get Superman 64. And as a franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been on both sides, with fondly remembered NES and arcade titles, a surprisingly good Game Boy Advance TMNT tie-in, and, well, a relentless stream of generic garbage that's left few consoles untouched.
There's reason to be optimistic about the next release, though, and that's because of its pedigree. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is being developed by PlatinumGames, the Japanese studio responsible for world-beatingly awesome action games like Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Vanquish. From the trailer above, it looks like Mutants in Manhattan will keep up the studio's reputation for fast-paced brawling and stylish, chaotic visuals.
That's no guarantee that the game will turn out great — Platinum also developed a poorly received Legend of Korra game, and more recently Transformers: Devastation met with a somewhat mixed reception. This could still turn out to be another licensed cash-in. But if nothing else, Mutants in Manhattan looks like a fresh take on a franchise that has oozed out some pretty terrible games in the past.
The game is expected to launch this summer for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.