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Game Informers talks Tackling Cybertron and War For Cybertron Podcast

Transformers News: Game Informers talks Tackling Cybertron and War For Cybertron Podcast
Date: Wednesday, December 30th 2009 2:21pm CST
Categories: Game News, Media
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Game Informer

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Phil Kollar of Game Informer has posted a couple more updates into the hub database for Activision's newest Transformers game: War For Cybertron.

In the latest updates, we get a look at how developers took on the task of creating the homeworld of the Transformers and how much they love Transformers in general.



View the video by clicking here.

Along with the video update from the folks of High Moon, we get a special podcast that wraps up the month long exclusive coverage of War for Cybertron. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.

Seibertron.com would like to thank Phil Kollar, Matt Reiner and the crew over at Game Informer for the heads up information and great coverage on War For Cybertron.

Shout! Factory Season 3 and 4 Release Date and Cover Art Revealed

Transformers News: Shout! Factory Season 3 and 4 Release Date and Cover Art Revealed
Date: Thursday, December 24th 2009 12:20pm CST
Category: Media
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): TVShowsOnDVD.com

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The folks at tvshowsonDVD.com have posted the cover art and release date info for the final G1 Transformers set to be released by Shout! Factory. The set, comprising the whole of Season 3 and the "Rebirth" miniseries, will be released on April 20th, 2010. Special features for the set are unknown at the moment, but once Shout! has officially announced the set, they will most likely be revealed In addition, they have posted the cover art for the set, which can be seen below.

Shout! Factory Season 3 and 4 Release Date and Cover Art Revealed

Stay locked in to Seibertron.com, your source for Transformers news, for more information on this and all you Transformer needs as it develops.

Box Office may hit record $10 Billion in 2009, ROTF is year's biggest!

Transformers News: Box Office may hit record $10 Billion in 2009, ROTF is year's biggest!
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2009 10:28pm CST
Categories: Media, Movie News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Reuters

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Los Angeles, CA. (Reuters) - Amidst one of the worst recessions in recent history, it seems that one area of business remains untouchable: Entertainment. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930's, the entertainment industry thrived as everyday people sought an escape, if only temporary, from life's many woes. It seems that, once again, history is repeating itself, in a good way.

Reuters is reporting that 2009 is shaping to be a record year of domestic sales earnings at movie box offices across the nation, approaching the $10 billion USD mark. Of this monumental mark, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen raked in $402 million USD alone, according to tracking firm Box Office Mojo. The only other film to come close to that is the Harry Potter franchise continuation, The Half Blood Prince, at $301 million USD.

With pre production already in motion for the third film of the Transformers Live Action Movie franchise, its a wonder what records will be broken in 2011. Whatever may come, you can be certain to find the latest news and information right here on Seibertron.com, your Ultimate Transformers Resource!

Activision Updates War for Cybertron: Cybertron Design

Transformers News: Activision Updates War for Cybertron: Cybertron Design
Date: Monday, December 21st 2009 12:08pm CST
Categories: Company News, Game News, Media
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s): Activision

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Activision has updated their blog with a small article detailing the design process behind Cybertron's look for their upcoming War for Cybertron game. Also included is a 2 minute interview with High Moon artists' Ivan Power, Sean Miller, and Jim Daly about the development of the game's environment. You will see new concept art here not seen anywhere else yet!

Click here to see the article.

Activision Updates Transformers War For Cybertron Website

Transformers News: Activision Updates Transformers War For Cybertron Website
Date: Sunday, December 20th 2009 9:39am CST
Categories: Game News, Media
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Activision, War for Cybertron

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As you may know, Activision has created a teaser site set up for the latest addition to the video gaming genre of the Transformers Universe, Transformers: War For Cybertron. Typically when you go there, it will play the original teaser trailer, but now the transmission is broken and it's up to you to pull it back together!

You will all notice a much more familiar Cybertron (with a big ol' hole blown out of it) and bits of the planet floating in orbit.

Can you decipher the lost transmission? If you can manage to crack the code, you are treated to preview art and even new video clips! See if your made of sterner stuff by checking out the site here

Feel free to discuss what you find and record what co-ordinates work in this very thread!

Transformers Animated The Score now available UPDATE

Transformers News: Transformers Animated The Score now available UPDATE
Date: Saturday, December 19th 2009 12:32am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Sebastian T. Evans II

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For fans of Transformers Animated, the background music has been made available for your hearing pleasure.

Sebastian T. Evans II, background music composer for the series, has posted 29 selections from all three seasons of the short lived Transformers series on his website LastBastianMusic.com. Title's such as "More than meets the eye", "Pimp Bot" and "Robo Boogie" will have you reliving your favorite scenes of the cartoon.

Check them out by clicking here.


UPDATE:

Due to alleged illegal downloads of the music files from Mr. Evans site, he was forced to remove the Score from availability. He wishes to send sincere apologies to all the fans who were unable to hear the music and is very thankful of the large response it has gotten.


No information on whether or not the Score will be available in the future.

Seibertron.com Q&A with Activision, makers of War For Cybertron

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Q&A with Activision, makers of War For Cybertron
Date: Friday, December 18th 2009 12:11pm CST
Categories: Game News, Interviews, Media, Site Articles
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): High Moon, Activision

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Along with getting to talk with HASBRO and Activision about War For Cybertron, we were also able to get a short question and answer session done by High Moon, developers of the game. Read on for more details:



Seibertron.com Q&A with Activision, makers of War For Cybertron

Question: Please reference for us what the play-style will mimic. Will it be similar to the RotF game? How does the gameplay compare to other shooter games such as Modern Warfare 2?

We are targeting not only the Transformer fan but also the hardcore gamer. Gamers can quickly discern the difference between a good game and a lousy one – it has to feel right. We have spent the entire project driving toward the right feel in every aspect of the product so when you get your thumbs on it, it is going to be a great shooter, not just a great TF game. Gears, COD and Halo are all reference games we often look at.

Question: Are there any RPG elements to the game?

No response given.

Question: Does the game use the same engine as any of the previous Transformers games?

We are using the Unreal Engine, which is the powerhouse behind Gears of War and Batman (along with scores of other great games). No other Transformer game has used the Unreal engine to my knowledge.

Question: Will there be downloadable content to enhance the game?

We are fully committed to this game and plan to support it after it ships as best we can, but we’re not ready to talk about specific details just yet.

Question: Will the story progression be linear?

There are 2 separate campaigns (Decepticon and Autobot) each is completely original and unique, and yes since the beginning we have been about telling a great story so there is a natural progression through it. Both campaigns are unlocked at the start. The Decepticon campaign takes place before the Autobot campaign (but you can play them in any order), and I like to think of it as the prequel game to the Autobot game. Both are full fledged unique stories and levels - players don’t travel through the same level ever!

Seibertron.com Q&A with Activision, makers of War For Cybertron
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Question: Will the transforming be done with a button press or a button hold action?
Will combat damage be self healing over time or will there be an absolute health gauge?
Are both factions playable?
How will the issue of air superiority be addressed for multiplayer? (the flying mechs were vastly more powerful in RotF)


This is a very valid question, however I am going to save my response for a bit until we are ready to talk about all our multiplayer details, which I’m really excited for – stay tuned.

Question: Will there be any epic level battles (Shadow of the Collossus style or Tidal Wave from the Armada game style)?

You see the big guy in the teaser trailer (you know who I am talking about)? How does fighting vs. him sound – epic enough? And we’ll talk about more soon.

Question: What was the most important thing learned from the RotF game that will be corrected in this new game?
At what point in the "War for Cybertron" is the game starting storywise?
Will there be any bonus attacks for characters such as Powerlinking or Minicon boosts from previous eras?
Being that the game is set for all platforms, will each system carry its own version of the game ala Revenge of the Fallen or will every system feature the same campaigns?


The story follows the same major beats on all platforms, but there will be some differences on the NDS and Wii versions. High Moon is developing the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions.


Seibertron.com would like to thank everyone at High Moon and Activision for making this possible.

Seibertron.com talks to Hasbro and Activision about War For Cybertron

Transformers News: Seibertron.com talks to Hasbro and Activision about War For Cybertron
Date: Friday, December 18th 2009 12:10pm CST
Categories: Game News, Interviews, Media, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Counterpunch | Credit(s): Hasbro, Activision

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Greetings Seibertron. Counterpunch here bringing word down from the mountain.

The Staff here at Seibertron.com was privileged to participate in a conference call with Aaron Archer of Hasbro and Activision regarding the upcoming War for Cybertron game that you may have seen in our recent news cycles.

We were given free reign to ask questions and pry for information on your behalf and over the course of the interview found out some interesting and intriguing information. The conversation was free-flow and just presenting the questions as they were flatly asked would not really give you the same information that this article presentation will. A lot of what was said, wasn't said and knowing what was repeated or had emphasis placed upon it is just as important as the straight answer to the question. I will do my best to provide summary of the important topics and then I will simply bullet-point any other information that did not fit easily elsewhere.

Seibertron.com talks to Hasbro and Activision about War For Cybertron

The Backstory
This is a project that has been in development since 2007. Hasbro indicated to us, that the idea is to create a more linear story and that the game as a story-telling device is a "jumping off point". Specifically, they stated that the events of the game will live longer/carry-on past the life of the game itself. The basis of the story is the Cybertron Civil War. From our conversation and our inference at what was said, it appears that they are finally telling that part (the pre-Earth, Civil War) of the Transformers mythos the way they want it to be told. The word "canon" was used several times as we discussed this and when asked if this game/story was creating a canonical back-story for G1 ... we were not told "no". Of course, over the years, it has seemed that Hasbro has been careful to never truly define certain things, the origin of Prime, origin of the Constructicons, etc. The feeling that I and others had was that the plan was to tell a Cybertronian Civil War back story ... and if it so happens to make perfect sense as the canon G1 Civil War story ... well, that's how it is. Repeatedly, we were told that the effort is to tell great stories. Specifically, we were told that "Canon is a good word ... " I'm not sure there's a G1 fan out there who wouldn't consider the Transformer's Civil War Story to be the kind of great story they've been waiting on for years.

So, what else? What other specifics can we give? The story will be set on Cybertron. The Civil War will be hot and volatile. This will be the story of the Autobots and Decepticons before they left for Earth, before they really even know of other races. The setting and visualizations of Cybertron will be new and different. The one resounding piece of information seemed to be that this game will have a significant impact on the life and direction of the franchise over the next few years.

Toys
I know you all want to know about this, but there's not much to discuss. They weren't allowed to talk about the product yet. However, things that they aren't allowed to talk about are still things that exist. So, we know that there will be corresponding toys to the story and game.

Seibertron.com talks to Hasbro and Activision about War For Cybertron
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The Game
The game itself is scheduled for a 2010 release date. Judging from the time it takes other games to hit the market, my personal opinion is that we'll see it sometime in late Fall or Winter of 2010. It seems to me that a summer release would be ambitious. We were told that the game platform provides for a very sizable audience for this story. The use of games as story platforms has taken off in recent years and seems to be in line with Hasbro's expansion of the brand ideal. The focus on gameplay discussion centered around the intensity of the combat and situation on Cybertron. This was described to us as a "Gamer's Game". The presentation of the in-game story is set to have dark overtones with large scale impact. Specific information on the game such as the number of playable characters or names of individual characters was not available for release yet. Along side this information becoming public, Activision plans on releasing a significant amount of assets (rendered pictures) and press info on Wednesday. At this point, we were told that on-line multi-player aspects of the game are key and are recognized as important play elements.

Other Information of Interest
* When asked if this game/story was meant to be the filler between now and Transformers 3, the answer was a fairly strong, "no". The movie universe was described as its own separate entity, which of course we all realize. The point seemed to be, that this storytelling event via the game and the things that are to come after it are not just distractions to hold us over until the next film, but are instead the firm foundations of the next few years of the franchise.

* Hasbro is co-developing the story alongside Activision. Creative control seems to be something that they are paying close attention to. Statements such as "We're really looking to leverage what's happened before" and "This era in Transformers is full of opportunity" show that the development teams on both sides are really looking into the things that long time fans have been after in regards to the story elements. We were told that "Anything that's taken place on Cybertron has been mostly in comics" and that they were eager to explore this new venue.

* The story and the game are not movie based.

* Character identity appears to be a recognized issue. If you've seen the pictures for Optimus Prime in the game, you will automatically recognize him. For core characters, the design teams are taking visual cues from those characters across the continuum of Transformers History. After all, most of the G1 gang did not have the most flattering Cybertronian modes when you think back on it.

* When asked if any of the design work borrowed from Transtech (because elements of the new Prime model do reference it ...) we were flatly told that Transtech hasn't been discussed in the office in 10 years (we know that's an exaggeration, but the point remains the same). I could hear the dreams of some of you shattering right there and then.

* Hasbro paid some genuine complements to High Moon in regards to the character designs.

* An emphasis on bringing some very obscure characters into focus for this story was highlighted to us. While no one was specifically named, we were told that they were referring to characters that hardcore, long-time fans would be interested in seeing.

Thanks for reading. I will be around to take questions on any of this, to clear it up, or to speculate along side you. I'm sure Seibertron, First Gen, and Mkall will also be happy to add their input into the discussion.

Thanks go out to Hasbro as well as Activision for making this possible and for reaching out to the community. It is greatly appreciated.

Shout! Matrix of Leadership DVD Set On Sale @ Walmart.com

Transformers News: Shout! Matrix of Leadership DVD Set On Sale @ Walmart.com
Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2009 4:32pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Store News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): tobuttica

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Seibertron.com member tobuttica has just informed us that Walmart.com has a special sale going on the Shout! Factory 25th Anniversary DVD Matrix of Leadership G1 Cartoon set.

List price for the set is $169.99 USD but Walmart.com has a sale going on at $109.68 USD, for a $60.13 savings. No details as if this is a set "rollback" price or temporary sale, so if you were looking to get the set at a good price, now might be the time.

You can view the listing for the DVD set here.

Keep your optics locked, right here at Seibertron.com, your Ultimate Transformers Resource.

Official press release for Activision's Transformers "War for Cybertron" game

Transformers News: Official press release for Activision's Transformers "War for Cybertron" game
Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2009 11:06am CST
Categories: Company News, Game News, Media, Press Releases
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Activision

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TRANSFORMERS™: WAR FOR CYBERTRON EXPLORES A BRAND NEW, PIVOTAL CHAPTER IN TRANSFORMERS LORE

New Action Game Delves Deep into the TRANSFORMERS Universe, Introduces All-New Visualizations of Iconic Characters in 2010

Santa Monica, CA – December 16, 2009 – Experience the legendary battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Transformers™: War for Cybertron is in development by award-winning High Moon Studios. Based on Hasbro’s legendary TRANSFORMERS property, the game takes players to the TRANSFORMERS characters’ home planet of CYBERTRON for a new look into the epic story of the grand civil war that spawned one of the most brutal rivalries of all time.

Official press release for Activision's Transformers "War for Cybertron" game

“Transformers: War for Cybertron is an origins story, taking players on a gripping, adrenaline-fueled journey that precedes the TRANSFORMERS characters’ arrival on Earth,” said Rob Kostich, head of marketing, licensed products, Activision Publishing, Inc. “The game transports players to a living, metallic planet where they will battle as giant converting robots in single player, online co-op or head-to-head multiplayer matches that are fully immersive from start to finish.”

“For the first time, Hasbro is working with Activision to drive the TRANSFORMERS fiction forward into new story arcs, demonstrating pivotal moments in Transformers history that defined who they are,” said Aaron Archer, Senior Design Director, Hasbro. “This remarkable video game helps us to tell a critical event in TRANSFORMERS lore that will be used as canon for future storylines in a way we could have only dreamed of a few years ago. It is a testament to the success of the TRANSFORMERS brand and a key element to the story we look forward to telling in 2010 and beyond.”

Transformers: War for Cybertron features two distinct storylines: the AUTOBOT campaign tells a story of heroism to save their home planet against overwhelming odds, and the DECEPTICON campaign tells a story of an unquenchable thirst for power to control the universe. For the first time in a TRANSFORMERS title, fans will be able to play the game with their friends through team-based online co-op, or go head to head in a variety of intense, online multiplayer game modes. The game features a sci-fi art style that introduces to fans the entire living, metallic world of CYBERTRON, as well as all-new visualizations of the iconic TRANSFORMERS characters in their original Cybertronian forms.

Transformers: War for Cybertron is in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, and is not yet rated by the ESRB.

For more information and to receive exclusive updates about the Transformers: War for Cybertron video game, visit http://www.TransformersGame.com.

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About HASBRO

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, http://www.activision.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “might,” “remains,” “to be,” “plans,” “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “estimate,” future,” “plan,” “positioned,” “potential,” “project,” “remain,” “scheduled,” “set to,” “subject to,” “upcoming” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales levels of Activision Publishing’s titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the impact of the current macroeconomic environment, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing’s ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms, declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing’s products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware (including peripherals) and related software, industry competition, rapid changes in technology, industry standards and consumer preferences, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, licensees, licensors, vendors and third-party developers, counterparty risks relating to customers, licensees, licensors and manufacturers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates and tax rates, integration of recent acquisitions and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, and the other factors identified in the risk factors section of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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HASBRO and its logo, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2010 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Game © 2010 Activision Publishing, Inc. Activision is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
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