Studio Working on Adult-Themed ‘TMNT’ Project Lays off Several Employees

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Michelangelo caught by the police in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'

Credit: Paramount Pictures

The TMNT franchise is officially back on the map thanks to last year’s 3D-animated reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) and IDW Publishing’s ongoing comic book series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin (2020).

There’s also plenty to look forward to. Mutant Mayhem is getting a sequel and a follow-up 2D animated series, IDW Publishing has renewed its licensing deal with Paramount, and The Last Ronin is being adapted into a video game, which is being developed by Black Forest Games and published under THQ Nordic.

Michelangelo fighting the Synjabots in 'TMNT: The Last Ronin' game trailer
Credit: Nickelodeon / THQ Nordic / Black Forest Games

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However, in an article shared by gaming news website Kotaku that discusses the thousands of layoffs currently taking place in the video game industry, Black Forest Games, currently best known for the open-world action-adventure series Destroy All Humans, is revealed to be among them.

The article states that the studio, which reportedly had 110 employees in 2023, has laid off around 50% of its staff. The announcement was made on January 24.

'TMNT: The Last Ronin' cover art
Credit: IDW Publishing

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There’s no mention of The Last Ronin video game being affected (or any other project), but it could result in some sort of delay, at the very least. That said, there’s no release window in sight yet anyway, as Paramount said last year that it’s likely “a few years” from release.

A teaser-trailer for the game was revealed last August. While there’s no video game footage (or cutscene footage for that matter), the fact it’s an adaptation of what has quickly become a widely loved comic book series is enough to get us excited.

Check out the teaser below:

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The Last Ronin revolves around Michelangelo, the last surviving Ninja Turtle who embarks on a one-way mission to avenge the deaths of his three brothers, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael, in a bleak, dystopian, and futuristic version of New York City.

So far, there has been a follow-up series titled The Last Ronin — Lost Years (2023) and the one-shot comic Lost Day (2023). Both titles feature four brand-new Ninja Turtles who will take center stage in the upcoming TMNT: The Last Ronin II — Re-Evolution (2024).

The first issue will be released on February 28.

Inside the Magic has reached out to Black Forest Games for comment but they did not respond at the time of publishing.

Would you be disappointed if The Last Ronin video game doesn’t happen? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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