PlatinumGames’ poorly received action game based on the Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, is no longer for sale digitally. The game appears to have been pulled from all digital retailers less than eight months after it first went on sale.
Mutants in Manhattan was released on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. As of this week, the game is no longer listed or available for sale on the PlayStation Store, Steam or Xbox Games Store. The game is not available digitally through the Humble Store or Amazon, though physical copies of Mutants in Manhattan are still available for purchase from the latter retailer.
It’s not clear why Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan was unceremoniously delisted digitally, but in many cases expired licensing deals are to blame. Digital versions of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both Activision-published titles, were also recently removed from stores. A similar situation happened with Activision’s well-received Deadpool, which was delisted from digital retailers in 2014, only to return the following year.
In Polygon’s negative review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, editor-at-large Justin McElroy called the cel-shaded action game “both mind-numbingly dull and insultingly repetitive“ and “the most insipid brawler ... in recent memory.”