In recent years, the video game market has seen returns of many iconic franchises and most of them - lo and behold - very successful. Crash Bandicoot and Spyro are obviously the best examples, but we can also mention the Streets of Rage series, whose fourth installment was an artistic and commercial success. Apparently, this encouraged DotEmu to revive yet another beat'em up series. The publisher revealed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, a beat'em up based on the license of the iconic 80's franchise. The announcement was accompanied by a gameplay trailer.
The project is being developed by Tribute Games, a studio founded in 2011 by former Ubisoft employees, including the creators of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge refers directly to the 1987 TMNT series, not the later reboots (and certainly not the live-action films). The plot remains a mystery except fors what is revealed by the title: Shredder and his thugs are back with another nefarious plan to get back at heroes in a half shell (Turtle Power!). This will give us an excuse to traverse the many locations known to the TV series as Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo or Raphael and put the bad guys in their place. All this in an old-school beat'em up with some modern upgrades (which, as of yet, have been kept under wraps).
Each of the turtles will have slightly different attacks and special abilities, which should diversify the gameplay. Especially since - in accordance with the formula - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge will allow up to four people to play together in online or local co-op mode. Unfortunately, it hasn't been announced whether the online co-op will enable us to play with a full team or invite only one friend like in Streets of Rage 4. Another thing is that this shouldn't be a big obstacle on Steam thanks to the Remote Play Together option.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge will debut "soon" on PC via Steam and on unspecified consoles. The creators are yet to reveal additional attractions and that's probably when we'll get to know the release date.