TMNT Fans Rejoice: The Last Ronin Video Game Adaptation to Feature Single-Player Mode



TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) enthusiasts have exciting news to anticipate, as The Last Ronin graphic novel is getting a video game adaptation. The game, which will adopt a similar tone to action RPGs like God of War, is expected to attract an older audience and is largely single-player, although there may be flashback sequences where players can take on the role of the other turtles. Paramount Global’s Senior Vice President for Games and Emerging Media, Doug Rosen, confirmed the news and stated that the game is a few years away from release.


The Last Ronin graphic novel, written by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, and Tom Waltz with art by Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza, Ben Bishop, and Eastman, debuted as a five-issue mini-arc from publisher IDW in 2020. It tells the story of a solitary Ninja Turtle fighting to avenge his fallen family in a war-torn New York City, wearing a black mask and utilizing all four of the TMNT‘s weapons. It was revealed at the end of the first issue that he is Michelangelo, with the Foot Clan having killed the other turtles and Master Splinter, setting him on his path of vengeance. Eastman and Waltz later created a prequel and sequel comic series.

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Rosen assured that the game’s tone does not mean that future TMNT games will all have a more mature tone, stating that there are “multiple approaches” to the franchise, and they will not “dial back to make the game something it shouldn’t be.” The studio behind the title was not disclosed, but Rosen emphasized that it is a perfect match for The Last Ronin, and it would deliver a satisfying adaptation of the graphic novel, just as Digital Eclipse did for The Cowabunga Collection.

The announcement of The Last Ronin video game adaptation coincides with the excitement for the TMNT animated film in development by Seth Rogen. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’s trailer showcased its unique cartoon style, featuring Micah Abbey (Donatello), Shamon Brown Jr. (Michelangelo), Nicolas Canto (Leonardo), and Brady Noon (Raphael) as the titular heroes. The film boasts a star-studded supporting cast, including Rogen as Bebop, Jackie Chan as Master Splinter, Paul Rudd as Mondo Gecko, Giancarlo Esposito as Baxter Stockman, and John Cena as Rocksteady.

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While The Last Ronin video game adaptation does not have a release window yet, fans can expect an action-packed experience akin to God of War. With the perfect studio behind the title, the game is expected to deliver a gratifying adaptation of the graphic novel that captured the hearts of TMNT fans. The future of the franchise seems to comprise a blend of mature and light-hearted content, and for now, enthusiasts can look forward to the upcoming animated film and await updates on The Last Ronin video game adaptation.

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