Platinum’s Ninja Turtles game vanishes from sale

Given that Platinum make some of the finest action games going and that only some of them make it to PC, one of them (temporarily?) vanishing from sale on PC should get me all het up. But eh, it’s only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan [official site] that has vanished from stores, and that’s a bit bum – certainly no Metal Gear Rising. Besides, this happens all the time with licensed games published by Activision, and they often return just as unexpectedly as they vanished.

Let’s barrel on through this so we can gab about Platinum’s Nier: Automata, which is coming to PC and looks totally wizzo.

Right! As Eurogamer note, Mutants in Manhattan has been pulled from sale on Steam and is gone from console virtuastores too. SteamDB tracks Activision fiddling with the Steam page’s guts on Wednesday. This happens a fair bit with Activison games based on licensed properties but sheesh, Mutants in Manhattan only launched in May. Some of Activision’s Spider-Man games have vanished too.

Activision haven’t said anything about this – and tend not to, on the many times it’s happened before – but it seems likely it’s down to licenses expiring rather than a whim of Ian Activision to spite people who wish to give him money. Sometimes these games return to sale, sometimes they… who knows where they go?

Activision’s Deadpool game, for example, vanished from sale at the end of 2013 before returning in 2015. Though then they may have been extra-motivated by the Deadpool movie coming up on the horizon. Point is, these games come and go, and everyone who bought TMNT can still play it – it’s not removed from their libraries. Fingers crossed that, should it return, TMNT won’t be muffed up like the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance re-releases.

Anyway, stuff that, let’s talk Nier: Automata. Platinum have joined up with Square Enix to work on the sequel to the unconventional 2010 console action-RPG. It’s due this year and looks weird/wild. Platinum’s work with other people’s stuff can be great – look at Revengeance! – or bland – look at TMNT or Legend of Korra – and thankfully Nier seems another good’un.

Here, check out this video with prolific Platinum Let’s Play man Chip Cheezum going through the demo that’s out on PlayStation 4. You get to whack a massive deathbot with its own arm.

I did e-mail Squeenix’s marketingmen last year to ask if the NieR demo was coming to PC; I never heard back. O-kay.

But TMNT? Ooh, coo, who knows? Clap your hands and chant “I believe in faeries” and maybe it’ll return one day.


  1. fco says:

    ha, I hadn’t realised this had already been released. guess it’s too late now.

  2. Jason Moyer says:

    I don’t understand Activision’s licensing stupidity. The same thing happened with 007 Legends; it was released on November 1st, 2012 and pulled from Steam on January 4th, 2013.

    • keefybabe says:

      The deadpool game got similar treatment, but since the film came out it’s back on sale.

      • Jalan says:

        And there’s the case of Wolfenstein (2009), where Activision lost the publishing rights.

        I’m just glad (thus far) that people who were prophesizing the removal of the Transformers games from Steam were wrong when those games were all on sale prior weeks ago.

    • Mokinokaro says:

      Or the x-men legends games.

      I’d love a steam release of them though I think only the second had a PC port.

      • Jalan says:

        Fingers crossed if that ever happens neither game turns out like the Marvel Ultimate Alliance messes.

  3. Christian Dannie Storgaard says:

    I just can’t quite wrap my head around this type of licensing. Imagine if the same sort of deals were made with films: Tim Burton’s Batman disappearing from shelves two years after release due to the license running out; Flash Gordon now a lost film and its soundtrack only available on bootleg; Blade Runner re-released for a limited time every 10 years due to a new … oh wait, I think that one’s already true.

    • TechnicalBen says:

      You/we/us are not the customers. The investors are.

      They can make more money off speculation, holding back IP stock/assets and pretending “there is lots of big money to be made” than actually selling a thing to people.

      If they sold that thing, then the smoke and mirrors start to dissolve (for example, a poorly produced film can rake in millions for production, but once released will flop and everyone gets angry and asks for the money back). So anything and everything they can arrange, no matter how convoluted, to help keep up the house of cards, is on the table.

  4. Mecha_Rocky says:

    My 5 yr old nephew and I planned a TMNT weekend around the release of this game, because hey. Platinum + Ninja Turtles = what can go wrong? Call me naive.

    Good riddance!

  5. DEspresso says:

    I believe there is a Group of gentlemen on steam who collect games no longer available for purchase there.

  6. AutonomyLost says:

    Already mentioned this in a different article this past weekend, but: I played the demo of Nier: Automata on PS4 this past weekend and it is bad-ass. Should be a glorious thing to control and behold when it finds its way to our lovely PCs!

    • Ghostwise says:

      You played a game on a non-PC platform. You must be purged.

      For your own good, of course.

      Thank you for your understanding !

  7. rondertaker says:

    super psyched about nier, metal gear rising REVENGEANCE is just a complete and utter fucking joy. i start smiling just thinking about it.

  8. Danda says:

    The really, really stupid thing is that they could still have sold a ton of games during the Winter Steam Sale if only they had warned that they were going to pull them.