If you remember cartoons from the ’80s-90s, then you should remember “turtle power.” It was both the name of the theme song and mantra of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they were strange, but awesome characters of the time. The series is far past its heyday, but that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from occasionally reviving it over the years. Now we’re seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles again in, Smite? Who needs the power of the gods, I guess, when you have turtle power.
Hi-Rez Studios announced the new content today with an appropriately stylized trailer that teased the new skins coming to the game. Aside from in-game preview of the turtles, the developer also revealed that Shredder and Splinter will arrive at some point during the season.
For those that don’t know, Splinter is a humanoid rat who happens to be a martial arts expert. He’s also the one that trained the turtles. Shredder was one of the main villains in the franchise and looks like an evil samurai with iconic steel claws as weapons.
Keeping things serious, but not too serious
As for the actual gameplay, things are fairly clear cut. The new skins are only that. Skins. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature as alternate appearances for pre-existing gods in Smite. While that may be disappointing for those of us that were truly excited to see turtle power in action, it will at least retain balance. Here’s who the turtles will represent.
Osiris will appear in the mold of Leonardo, while Sun WuKong will represent Donatello. Loki will disguise himself as Raphael, and Mercury will appear as Michelangelo. Now it’s important to know that the gods will still play the same despite their makeovers, but Hi-Rez generously threw in some custom animations for the skins to give them that added punch of character.
To unlock these custom skins, you will need the next Smite season pass. Buying it will reward you with Leonardo instantly, but you’ll have to unlock the rest. In addition to the skins though, there will be a “Cowabunga” emote and probably some more surprises along the way.
This isn’t the first time Hi-Rez surprised us with a crossover for Smite. Earlier this year, we saw an Avatar: the Last Airbender-themed season. This probably won’t be the last crossover, either. If this news has you amped up to jump back into Smite, head over to the game’s Twitch channel on October 14 to catch the livestream reveal of more info.