Thursday, May 04, 2023

'TMNT Splintered Fate' Leaps Onto Apple Arcade

Leo, Mike, Donnie, and Raph embark on a new co-op roguelike adventure

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a new mission in TMNT Splintered Fate, a new roguelike game available to play now on Apple Arcade!

In the turtles’ new adventure, master Splinter is missing. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael take to the rooftops, streets, and sewers of New York to find their sensei, unraveling the mystery behind who’s kidnapped him in an evolving narrative. Along the way, the turtles will encounter allies like April O’Neil, Metalhead, and Casey Jones, who will offer clues about Splinter’s whereabouts.

The game looks a lot like the Turtles’ take on Supergiant Games’ Hades. What sets TMNT Splintered Fate apart, obviously, is the inclusion of the turtles as playable characters and cooperative gameplay.

Since this is a roguelike, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will earn randomized power-ups and expand the turtles’ unique combat abilities with each run. In the trailer below, we see a list of selectable power-ups that will affect one of the turtles’ combat abilities, giving him an area-of-effect flame strike, faster attacks, or increased damage while at low health. Similar to Hades, there’s an evolving progression and further elements of randomization: Room layouts will change and bosses will have various modifiers to spice up familiar battles.

“Apple has been a great partner for us since the debut of Apple Arcade, with SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit being one of the first titles available, and it continues to perform extremely well since its launch in 2020,” said Doug Rosen, Paramount Global’s senior vice president of Games & Emerging Media. “We love the Arcade model because it provides us with a great opportunity to build unique games, specifically for this audience. We’re so excited for subscribers to play TMNT Splintered Fate, a brand-new title from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe, available exclusively on Apple Arcade.”

TMNT Splintered Fate is developed by Super Evil Megacorp, the studio behind mobile hits like the MOBA Vainglory and battleground shooter Catalyst Black. The game is co-written by game creative director Kevin Michael Johnson and comic book author Tom Waltz.

TMNT Splintered Fate is the latest in an increased push to bring the Ninja Turtles to video games, following on last year’s one-two punch of retro game compilation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection and throwback beat-’em-up Shredder’s Revenge. Paramount has much more planned for the turtles, including a AAA adaptation of graphic novel The Last Ronin. and an upcoming appearance on Roblox. Even bad guy Shredder got some exposure recently, graduating to Operator status in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.

Beyond games, the Ninja Turtles are starring in new animated movie Mutant Mayhem later this year, as well as Stranger Things and Street Fighter comic crossovers.

Apple Arcade is a subscription-based gaming service accessible through the App Store. Priced at $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, the service provides subscribers with access to a growing catalog of games across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. All games on Apple Arcade are free of ads and in-app purchases.

TMNT Splintered Fate follows the success of Nickelodeon's previously released Apple Arcade games: SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit, Loud House: Outta Control, Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis, and SpongeBob SolitairePants.

TMNT Splintered Fate details:

Splinter is captured. The Foot Clan are on the attack. New York City is in chaos! Enter the FIGHT, ADAPT, REPEAT portal loop of Splintered Fate to set things straight.

When Splinter is kidnapped by Shredder, mysterious portals simultaneously appear across NYC. With April and Metalhead analyzing recovered artifacts for clues, the Turtles battle to recover their father from the clutches of the Foot Clan. However, as the gang gets ever ​closer to Splinter’s otherworldly location, an even greater threat lingers in the shadows…

- Roguelike action game!- Fast, visceral and exciting combat puts you in the middle of Turtle brawls

- No two runs are the same- Randomized power-ups, room layouts, and boss modifiers for gnarly fun!

- Play your favorite Turtle- Take control of all four Turtles, each with unique powers and abilities

- Unite the Brothers- Bodacious co-op gameplay with up to four players

- Travel through iconic TMNT NYC locations- Starting in the sewers and ending in an epic rooftop battle!

- Upgrade your Turtle Powers- Unlock and level-up your powers to become a master ninja

- Defeat your enemies- Face off against a host of classic TMNT foes and factions


Hi, friends!

This is Kevin Michael Johnson, Creative Director on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Splintered Fate. Today marks the culmination of a lot of hard work, and pizza! We are so hyped to share this project with the world and can't wait to hear from all those Turtle fans as they kick ass together.

Collaborating with Paramount to build this game for the Apple Arcade platform has been a great experience. We absolutely love the idea of bringing family and friends together with our co-op, cross platform expertise. This aligns with our studio mission to build remarkable shared gaming moments, and we hope adds a lot of value to the Apple gaming community.

So, read on and I'll share everything you need to know about Splintered Fate!


We love and live for making incredible, social action experiences, and we have thrown our passion for this space at the TMNT IP: rich, fluid and thrilling combat, blended with the iconic locations and enemies of the TMNT world.


At Super Evil we are not known for resting on our laurels, we are always looking to bring something new to the table with our games, striving to innovate. As you all know, the roguelike genre has not been shy of new contributions across the industry, but of course we felt like there was more we could push, particularly when considering how to wrap this specific genre around the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The most obvious angle for innovation, was to create a cross platform co-operative roguelike experience. I mean, what’s a Turtles game without all four of the brothers fighting together, confronting mayhem in New York City? We had to do it.

With each run you can expect a different combination of powers and upgrades. Will you go for a lightning strike Mikey build, or maybe focus on Leonardo’s dash strike ability? Inspiration powers are perfect to help your partners and give them powerful buffs. We can't wait to see the interesting combo’s and partnerships that our players form as they take on ever harder Gauntlet Challenges.


We've also seen remarkable innovations in the area of progressive storytelling for roguelikes and we thought that would be a worthy conquest as well, particularly with our burning desire to tell a more contemporary TMNT story. We happened to have the belief and support of legendary comic book author Tom Waltz and so we set about to make it happen. Our passion was to create a story that would do justice to the rich narrative tradition the brothers have experienced across the last thirty-plus years, and we got to work jam-packing this thing with as much honor and respect as we could. We even had the privilege of working with the incredible team at IDW on a comic prequel issue of Splintered Fate to help set up the story even further. I was definitely a Turtles fan before I set to work on this story, but now… to me, the Turtles are like family, and there couldn’t be a more significant personal indicator for Super Evil pride in the work we've accomplished here.


We are especially proud of being able to fully leverage the power of Apple Arcade and create this experience to run in full 4K on Apple TV or Mac, down to iPhone 6. We have also supported touchscreen. controller and mouse/keyboard support. We hope that families are able to play and enjoy the experience together regardless of their device or preferred way to play, or where they are in the world.

So… quick recap, Splintered Fate is a co-operative roguelike, with an entirely new progressive narrative, married to the bread-and-butter action-combat Super Evil Megacorp has become known for. And there is a lot of game here, both for those who might want to get in and get a feel for the story and for those who really want to push their skill and 100% everything the game has to offer. We've got four iconic locations across New York City, some familiar allies and enemies that players will love, and a diverse build system that will allow you to build an elemental infused Teenage Turtle of your dreams. Beyond that we've laced tons of cool easter eggs and references across collectables and narrative that will keep long-time TMNT fans enthralled from start to finish. If you're a Turtles fan, we've built this game for you.

Never settle for the lesser evil -


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