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Report: Activision’s Unannounced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Has An Achievement List

Don’t be shell shocked. Back in November, we reported that Activision and Platinum are teaming up again for another licensed game.

After a middling effort with The Legend of Korra and a significantly more impressive outing with Transformers: Devastation, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game gave us hope. And while we’re still waiting for the title to be officially confirmed, we’ve got more evidence it’s happening.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan has not been officially acknowledged yet. It does have an achievement list though, according to the often reliable XboxAchievements.com

The list includes 50 achievements, that hint at online play, a loot system using “charms,” and a variety of menial tasks like transporting “Krang bombs,” gold bars, and bags of money. Some enemies and boss battles are revealed, but we’ll let you peep the actual list if you want to be spoiled.

We’ve reached out to Activision again for comment in hopes of finding out anything about this game. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Xbox Achievements]

 

Our Take
Between the November report based on the Australian Classification organization (also often reliable) and the achievement list, it looks like everyone is ready to talk about this game except Activision. The silence is a bit concerning, and I just have to hope this is more like Transformers and less like Korra.  

The timing on this is also a bit amusing. Just a little while ago, Platinum delayed its Xbox One exclusive Scalebound to 2017. 

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Report: Firefall developer Red5 fails to pay staff on Christmas

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New report shows how eSports is rivaling plain ol’ sports

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Report: Cut loose from Konami, Kojima is starting his own studio

There’s a brief report published (in Japanese) on the Nikkei website this week that claims Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has officially left Konami and is working to establish his own studio. …


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Report: Hideo Kojima Officially Leaves Konami (Possibly For Real This Time)

It seems the drawn out divorce of Konami and Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima could be hurtling toward a finale. Nikkei is reporting that as of today, Kojima has separated from the publisher.

The Nikkei story suggests that Kojima, who spent the better part of the 30 years at Konami, will be opening his own studio. We’ve reached out to Konami for comment on Kojima’s current status with the publisher and we’ll update should we receive a response.

The messy breakup first came to light when Konami removed Kojima’s name from Metal Gear Solid series boxart. The company then canceled Silent Hills, which Kojima was working on with Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro. The Los Angeles branch of Kojima Productions was later shuttered.

Along the way, rumors emerged that Kojima had already departed (refuted by Konami). The most recent dust up occurred at The Game Awards earlier in December as host Geoff Keighley revealed that Konami exercised legal leverage to prevent Kojima’s attendance.

For an in-depth look at the events of the past year transpiring between Kojima and Konami, check out our previous coverage.

[Source: Nikkei via Polygon]

 

Our Take
At this point, it’s unlikely Konami is going to comment about anything related to Kojima. This sordid tale won’t be over until he formally announces his own studio and can talk about what’s been going on over the past year. 

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Report: Dark Cloud On the Way For PlayStation 4 PS2 Emulation

Sony appears to have accidentally revealed one of its surprises for The Game Awards or PSX. We recently learned that PlayStation 2 emulation is coming to PlayStation 4. It seems that Dark Cloud is going to be one of the first games announced for that program.

Sony reportedly published (and then quickly removed) information about the game. The description, captured by Twitter user Bradzaking (and shared again by Wario64), indicates that these are not PS2 Classics that were playable on PS3. The service also won’t be compatible with your library of disc-based games.

“PS2 Classics and PS2-formatted discs are incompatible with the PS4 system,” reads the description. Dark Cloud will be running at 1080p via up-rendering, support trophies, and utilize share play and remote play.

A still image that served as the thumbnail for the video is all that remains. We’ll update as soon as Sony reveals information when it actually intends to.

[Source: Bradzaking on Twitter (1), (2) via Wario64 on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Dark Cloud is a great start to the program, but this leak is going to cause some problems. The emulation program doesn’t work with any PS2 classics you might have purchased last gen. It doesn’t work with your discs. Getting the information out clearly about pricing and mechanism are going to be important. 

It's likely that Dark Cloud is only one of a number of first wave games coming for emulation. I can't wait to see what else is included, provided the price is right.

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Report: Rocket League Hinted For Xbox One By Taiwanese Ratings Board

For a group of organizations that work so closely with the gaming industry, ratings boards seem to be porous when it comes to unannounced projects. The latest potential reveal comes out of Taiwan, as an Xbox One version of Rocket League has been listed.

Developer Psyonix has previously indicated that other platforms beyond PC and PlayStation 4 (on which Rocket League is available now) are in the offing. The listing was spotted by Twitter user Lifelower and confirmed by IGN before the listing was removed.

We’ve reached out to Psyonix for comment. We’ll update should we receive a response. For more, check out our Rocket League review.

[Source: Lifelower on Twitter, IGN]

 

Our Take
Given the success of Rocket League on its first two platforms, the game has enough buzz to make a dent with new audiences. As for developers and publishers, I can’t imagine these kinds of slip-ups by ratings boards are looked upon with fondness.

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3D-Printed Halo 5: Guardians Spartans Report For Duty

Halo fans can now immortalize their personal Spartans as 3D-printed figures. 3D printing technology companies Sandboxr and 3D Systems have teamed up with Halo developer 343 Industries and launched a Halo 5: Guardians figure customization service today.

Starting at $ 29.99, players can customize a Spartan to print, using either your in-game character or one created through the official Halo website. Options include customizable armor, helmets, colors, weapons, along with different poses and size options.

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Report: Significant layoffs at Firefall developer Red5

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Report: Dark Souls III Receiving Multiple Collector’s Editions

Many of the dangers that will be delivered by Dark Souls III when it launches next year are still shrouded in mystery, but we might now have an early glimpse at two potential collector's editions for From Software's upcoming action game.

A retailer based in the United Arab Emirates called Geekay Games has listed two separate collector's editions of Dark Souls III for pre-order. The first one, simply known as the Collector Edition (above), includes a copy of the game in a collector's box and a metal case, a hardcover artbook, the game's soundtrack, a cloth game map, three iron-on patches, and a 25 centimeter Red Knight figurine. The Prestige Edition (below), features the same contents, only the 25 centimeter Red Knight figurine is replaced by a mammoth 40 centimeter Lord of Cinder figurine. When run through a currency converter, the Collector Edition listed comes out to roughly $ 136, while the Prestige Edition would cost around $ 490.

Dark Souls III hits on April 12, 2016. Hopefully we will learn more about whether or not these reported collector's editions will come stateside soon. If you'd like to learn more about Dark Souls III, you can check out our cover story hub below.

[Source: Geekay Games via Polygon, NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
While we don't have official confirmation from Bandai Namco, these images look fairly legitimate. Unfortunately, just because a retailer in another country lists it doesn't mean it will ever come to the United States. Even if they do, would you spend nearly $ 500 on that package?

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