The gaming world is awash with rumors, next generation console speculation, upcoming sequels or prequels and who is making what next. The latest rumor to set the gaming community ablaze is simple: Rocksteady Studios may be making the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles their next big game project.
If true, this is not something we expected when listing the top five superhero games we’d like to see from Rocksteady…
Aside from being an appropriately named studio for the job (sharing a name with the Shredder’s bumbling Rhinoceros henchman), PGN believes they may already have the tools they need to pull it off. With the Turtles mainly being active in New York’s sewers or nighttime skyline, the environments, lighting and atmosphere would likely be similar to that of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City. Lacking any radical powers or abilities, the Turtles also rely mostly on their martial prowess and ninja gear which may allow Rocksteady to make use of their pre-existing combat engine.
Now here’s where things get a little sticky. Rocksteady Studios are an England-based company owned by Time Warner, and as of late 2009 the TMNT franchise was purchased by Nickelodeon, a subsidiary of Viacom entertainment. With Nickelodeon’s announcement of an upcoming CG-animated series and Paramount (another Viacom company) working on a live-action movie for TMNT, it would make sense for a game to be in the works as well.
Transmedia releases are becoming more and more common but with big companies like Warner and Viacom involved, licensing could become an issue. Could Rocksteady be bringing the Turtles out for an Arkham City style game, or is this rumor just more flotsam in the Manhattan Sewers?