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In a move that has baffled fans and gamers alike, Activision has removed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan from digital platforms such as Steam, PSN and Xbox Live. They have yet to make a statement about this decision, so we literally have no idea why this has happened. Considering that the game was released less than a year ago, its removal from the digital marketplace is even more bewildering. This wouldn’t be the first time that Activision removed licensed games from digital stores, but it’s still an odd move for a game this new.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan was released to mixed reviews early in 2016. Some fans loved it, but others found it boring and repetitive. I doubt anyone could deny that this is a fairly repetitive title, but it was still pretty fun in my opinion. Thankfully, you can still purchase a physical copy of Mutants in Manhattan, but prices might increase a bit now that this is the only way to purchase the game. Unfortunately, it would appear that this wasn’t the only TMNT game removed from digital platforms, as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has also been removed from Steam.
In the case of Out of the Shadows, there’s a possibility that the title of the game conflicted with the title of Paramount’s newest film. However, in the case of Mutants in Manhattan, there doesn’t appear to be any reason to remove the game from digital stores. Ultimately, we won’t know what Activision is up to until they provide a definitive statement. Although these aren’t the only games that have been removed from digital platforms in the past week or so, it is concerning to see almost everything related to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles disappear without the slightest indication of a problem.
There are several potential reasons for this move, so it’s difficult to say exactly why Activision did it or what their plans are. For all we know, they have officially lost the license to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On the other hand, there’s also a possibility that we will see Mutants in Manhattan return to the digital marketplace sometime soon. After all, the Deadpool game was removed from platforms like Steam for several months only to eventually make a comeback. Unfortunately, we just won’t know the fate of this game until Activision decides to make a statement.
Until then, we recommend that you do not delete your game or any DLC you may have purchased for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan. There’s a very good chance that you will lose your game and/or any content associated with it if you choose to delete the title from your digital inventory. Hopefully Activision will be quick to release a statement regarding this decision.