Saturday, August 12, 2023

THQ Nordic Unveils First Trailer For 'TMNT: The Last Ronin' Video Game

THQ Nordic today (Aug. 11) unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game, TMNT: The Last Ronin, during THQ Nordic's Digital Showcase 2023 event! The game, inspired by the beloved IDW TMNT graphic novel series of the same name, is currently in development in partnership with Black Forest Games and Nickelodeon, will be released on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. The game's release date has yet to be announced.

TMNT: The Last Ronin game

Per TMNT: The Last Ronin's official synopsis:

"Who is the Last Ronin? In a future, battle-ravaged New York City, a lone surviving Turtle embarks on a seemingly hopeless mission seeking justice for the family he lost. From the minds of the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and based on the best-selling comic book event by Eastman, Waltz, Bishop, Delgado, and the Escorza Brothers: the official video game adaptation of TMNT: The Last Ronin."

TMNT: The Last Ronin is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
based on a decision by German Bundestag.

First announced earlier this year, the TMNT: The Last Ronin video game adaptation will, like the comic, be a darker, more mature take on the typically colorful Ninja Turtles, according to Doug Rosen, senior vice president for games and emerging media at Paramount Global, the rights holders for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In an interview with Polygon, Rosen likened the upcoming third-person action role-playing game to Sony’s recent God of War titles and said it will be authentic to the story of The Last Ronin arc, which is set in a future where only one of the turtles has survived.

Publisher IDW launched The Last Ronin in 2020 as a five-issue miniseries. The arc was written by Kevin Eastman, and based on an idea he first conceived with TMNT co-creator Peter Laird in the late 1980s.

Like The Last Ronin comic book series, the video game will target an older audience, just like the recent collaboration with Call of Duty that brought Shredder to Activision’s shooter franchise. Rosen said there are opportunities for multiple TMNT games aimed at both young and more mature age groups, and that Paramount can take “multiple approaches [to the franchise], and not dial back to make the game something it shouldn’t be.”

When first announced, Rosen said that the game is likely a “few years off” from release. But like throwback beat-’em-up Shredder’s Revenge, developed by Tribute Games and DotEmu, and the Cowabunga Collection, developed by retro-game collection experts Digital Eclipse, Rosen said they’ve found the right partner to adapt The Last Ronin into an ambitious AAA video game.

THQ Nordic also announced plans for Gothic (Remake), Outcast 2 - A New Beginning, Way of the Hunter, Alone In The Dark, Tempest Rising, Space for Sale, Wreckreation, Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy, Last Train Home, Titan Quest II, and South Park: Snow Day! during the company's Digital Showcase.

THQ Nordic announced in March 2018 that they partnered with Nickelodeon to re-release a raft of Nickelodeon video games originally published by THQ. The first game, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, was released in June 2020, followed by 

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Originally published: August 11, 2023 at 21:15 BST.

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