Activision Signs Multi-Game Deal For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IP
Nickelodeon announced today that they have entered into a worldwide deal with Activision Publishing Inc. to develop and publish multiple video games based on the new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Activision Publishing’s Vice President Kurt Niederloh commented on the upcoming games, saying “The fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unique in that they span generations and are very passionate. We respect this passion and look forward to working with Nickelodeon to create games that embody the spirit of the property.”
In total, Activision has agreed to develop three games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The first game is expected to be released this Summer, with the following two games to be spread out over the course of the “multi-year” deal. Neither company revealed any details about the upcoming games, nor did they announce the platforms that they were being developed for.
Today’s announcement of the deal between Nickelodeon and Activision over the TMNT intellectual property is not entirely unexpected. Back in February 2012 a poster for the CG-animated series was spotted at the New York Toy Fair, which indicated that Nickelodeon had already partnered with Activision for a “cross-promotion” over the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle license. That partnership appears to have resulted in the upcoming three TMNT games.
Check out the full press release below for additional details about the deal, and we will let you know as soon as Activision reveals any information about the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game.
Nickelodeon And Activision Sign Global, Multi-Year Deal To Produce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed Video Games
First of Three Game Titles Set to be Released This Summer
NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) today announced a worldwide, multi-year deal to develop and publish video games inspired by the new CG-animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Under the new agreement, Activision has the global rights to produce interactive games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property.
“Activision is a leader in the gaming industry and we are honored to have them as the global video game partner for our new hit series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” said Sherice Torres, Senior Vice President of Entertainment Products, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “We are confident that these upcoming games will take gamers through interactive environments and action-packed adventures that truly capture the essence, tone and exciting elements of the Turtles.
“The fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unique in that they span generations and are very passionate,” said Kurt Niederloh, Vice President, Activision Publishing Minneapolis, Inc. “We respect this passion and look forward to working with Nickelodeon to create games that embody the spirit of the property.”
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered Sept. 29, 2012 and was an instant hit, drawing almost 12 million viewers during its premiere weekend. Funnier and with more ninjutsu than ever before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles explores the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be. The premiere episode was executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin & J.R. Ventimilia and Peter Hastings. The series airs regularly on Nickelodeon, Saturday mornings at 11a.m. ET/PT.