Paramount May Be Releasing an Open-World ‘Ninja Turtles’ Game In 2023

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows

Credit: Paramount Pictures

There’s a lot happening in the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lately. While nothing is ever going to rival “Turtlemania” — the period during the early ’90s in which the pizza-munching reptiles became a global pop culture phenomenon — it’s still a great time to be a TMNT fan.

Recently, a fan-made movie found its way onto YouTube, which is based on the popular five-issue IDW comic book series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin” (2020). As such, fans are hoping this will inspire Paramount to finally get round to an R-rated TMNT movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows
Credit: Paramount Pictures

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As for movies that are officially in the works, Seth Rogen‘s animated reboot was recently given both an official title and release date — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) will be hitting theaters on August 4 next year. It will be the second theatrical CG animated movie in the franchise, with TMNT (2007) being the first.

And earlier this year, Paramount Pictures also confirmed that there are a number of other TMNT movies in the works, each of which will focus on an iconic villain (Shredder, Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, no doubt). These films will be heading straight to Paramount+ in 2023.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows
Credit: Paramount Pictures

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There is also another live-action TMNT movie in the works. It is being written by SNL writers Colin and Casey Jost, and produced by Michael Bay, who also served as producer on the last two movies in the series (though the new film is not expected to be a sequel).

The untitled project will be the sixth live-action move in the franchise, following Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
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The gaming side of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is equally busy. Retro/arcade-style beat ’em up video game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (2022) is now finally available on all major gaming consoles, and has impressed both critically and financially.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (2022), which is a compilation of all the arcade-style video games in the franchise, is also available for purchase. And now, it looks like the Ninja Turtles are set to return to major consoles next year, according to a new report.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder's Revenge
Credit: IGN

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Fanbyte has reported that “Toy World” magazine — a leading UK toy trade publication — has hinted towards a brand-new “Triple-A” video game that will feature the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The magazine mentions that Paramount plans to discuss the game — which is reportedly due out some time next year — at the upcoming “Brand Licensing London” convention, which will take place later this month at London ExCel.

Here’s the paragraph in question from this month’s issue of the magazine:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with a new look and a new movie. Paramount will be launching an extensive new range of action figures and plans to expand further at the back end of the year. Collectors are being served by nostalgic gaming releases including an already launched new retro themed game: Shredder’s Revenge. Paramount is also planning a remaster of Konami’s The Cowabunga Collection at the end of the year and will launch a brand-new original Triple-A game in 2023.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014
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Wikipedia describes Triple-A/AAA video games as the following:

In the video-game industry, AAA is an informal classification used to categorise games produced and distributed by a mid-sized or major publisher, which typically have higher development and marketing budgets than other tiers of games

Is it possible that this project is an open-world Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game? Given the fact that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takes place in New York City, it would certainly be an ambitious venture, and there are many things fans would want from such a video game.

Megan Fox as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows 2018
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There are already several open-world Spider-Man titles set in the Big Apple, though, as well as certain entries in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Needless to say, taking control of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello (perhaps even Splinter, Casey Jones, and April O’Neil too) in an open-world Manhattan setting would be a dream come true for fans.

Open-world video games are becoming increasingly more popular, with some huge titles on the way such as Hogwarts Legacy (2023), Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (2023), and an untitled Star Wars video game (TBA). A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game along these lines makes too much sense to ignore.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990
Credit: New Line Cinema

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Nothing even remotely concrete has been confirmed as yet, though, so it’s best to take this news with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, looking at the success the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is currently enjoying, it wouldn’t surprise us if a big-budget video game is in the works.

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if next year brings even more “Turtle Power” to gaming consoles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3
Credit: New Line Cinema / 20th Century Studios

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is now available to purchase on  Windows, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is available on Windows via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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