Cowabunga, guys! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in Shredder’s Revenge, a new co-op brawler that takes fans into the franchise’s golden age of video games. Developed in partnership by two turtle-loving studios, Dotemu (Streets of Rabies 4, Windjammers 2) and Tribute Games (Panzer Paladin, Mercenary kings), Shredder’s Revenge is an original adventure where up to four players defend the sewers and streets in a brawler inspired by the heyday of TMNT’s arcade, namely Turtles in Time.
Like any TMNT game worth its salt, Shredder’s Revenge allows up to four friends to team up both locally and online (cross-play TBD) to defeat the tar of baddies like Foot Clan, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Shredder. himself. The game is inspired by the iconic 1987 animated series, and if you’re somehow concerned that the developers don’t understand the source material, throw those doubts away now. Dotemu and Tribute Games are both brought to life by old-school TMNT fans who like many of us were raised on the classic cartoon, collected its bevy of toys, and spent way too much money to play. to arcade games. From the character and art design of the game to the remade version of that famous theme song (performed by Mike Patton of Faith No More), Shredder’s Revenge is designed to be the ultimate love letter to TMNT’s glory years.
“We wanted to bring back a game for fans of the ’87 animated series and also the old arcade games from the 90s,” says Jean-François Major, co-founder of Tribute Games. “Because we felt people missed him. And so do we, because personally I played these games a lot as a kid and missed them a lot. So the idea started. “
Despite clearly the nostalgia, Shredder’s Revenge will sport modern upgrades. Teams are not ready to talk about details; they only offer clues by saying that classic games, as fun as they are, have hit a ceiling in terms of technical limitations, which are now a thing of the past. There is no doubt that Shredder’s Revenge will play more smoothly than older games, and features like new modes and other options are implied but unconfirmed. Another element that teams are shy about is the inclusion of playable characters in addition to the turtles. After all, the trailer starred Master Splinter and April O’Neil, and the developers didn’t want to comment on the visibly absent Casey Jones.
Shredder’s Revenge was born out of a happy coincidence between two development teams passionate about TMNT who joined forces after discovering that they each had a common vision for creating a new Turtles game. The project started when Nickelodeon, who owns the Turtles license, approached Dotemu to create a new game based on one of their IP addresses. The company was impressed with the studio’s past work on games like Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, and Dotemu jumped at the chance to take on TMNT afterwards. As Dotemu began to develop ideas for the game, it was understood that Tribute Games was not only interested in doing the same, but had been campaigning with Nickelodeon for permission to make a TMNT game since 2010. Unfortunately, the timing was never right, but Tribute kept in touch with Nickelodeon hoping the stars would someday align.
“We’ve always been very persistent,” says Jonathan Lavigne, co-founder of Tribute Games. “For example, if we want to take one of your IP addresses, we want it to be TMNT. Whenever the topic was brought up about us taking on a project, I would always say, “Well, we really want to do TMNT”. We grew up in arcades and play TMNT so we really wanted to give it a try.
“So I was at GDC and I managed to get [Tribute Games’] contact ”, declares Cyrille Imbert, CEO of Dotemu. “So I said, ‘Hey guys, are you around? Should we talk? And so, we saw each other for the first time in San Francisco and it was a really good first contact, and we basically had the same ideas and things that we wanted to do for this project.
Thus, a partnership was born, and the two studios began to develop the pitch of the game to be presented to Nickelodeon. Imbert says her team knew from the start that Tribute Games was perfect for capturing the classic vibe they hoped to summon with Shredder’s Revenge. It also helps that Tribute has a few former Ubisoft developers who worked on the 2007 game TMNT (based on the animated film of the same name) for consoles and Game Boy Advance, not to mention their experience on Scott Pilgrim vs The World. : The Game. . Major says Tribute is excited to apply their brawling expertise to a new Turtles game and implement ideas the designers didn’t have time to develop in the film’s bonding game.
Shredder’s Revenge sounds like what TMNT fans have been waiting for, which is why it’s scary that he currently doesn’t have a concrete exit window. Dotemu and Tribute Games understand that the pressure to deliver an experience that satisfies TMNT fans of all ages is high; especially since it had been a long time since the Turtles had a really great video game. But with two teams each having a knack for making modernized retro-style games, it looks like our favorite pizza-eating martial artists are in good hands.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is coming to unspecified consoles and PCs. Also be sure to take a look at the gallery of screenshots below. To get an idea of where the quality bar for TMNT games currently sits, you can read our review of the console’s latest title, Mutants in Manhattan, here.