The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license is synonymous with bright, colorful arcade action in the video game space. This is evidenced by the one, two punch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and The Cowabunga Collection compilation that both arrived last year. A new game set in the TMNT universe is going against that trend, instead looking for inspiration from Sony’s recent God of War games.
Speaking to Polygon, Doug Rosen, senior vice president for games and emerging media at Paramount Global, unveiled that the graphic novel The Last Ronin is getting a video game adaptation from a yet to be named studio. The project is said to be a number of years away from being released. Rosen assured that similar to the partnership that brought Shredder’s Revenge to the masses, they’ve found the right team to bring The Last Ronin into the interactive medium.
Written by Kevin Eastman from a story he developed with TMNT co-creator Peter Laird decades ago, The Last Ronin is set in a battle ravaged New York City where the Foot Clan has taken the lives of three of the Turtles and Master Splinter. The story focuses on the sole surviving turtle as they seek vengeance for what happened to their family. Unlike many Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, The Last Ronin, or whatever it will end up being called when it officially launches, will be a single-player only affair with the others Turtles only appearing in flashback sequences.
The goal of The Last Ronin video game is to not shoehorn the TMNT franchise into something that’s just for one audience. In a similar way that Batman: The Brave and the Bold existed alongside Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Last Ronin video game, like the story it’s derived from, intends to show that the TMNT property can be for both all ages and a mature audience at the same time.