The Facebook page Transformers Game has uploaded an image of Bumblebee in his Transformers: Age of Extinction incarnation, taken from the upcoming videogame Rise of the Dark Spark. Check it out in the image below, mirrored for those of you without Facebook access.
Following the reported news that a new mobile game was being developed by DeNA, who currently run Transformers: Legends, the company have updated their blog with a clarification. The game is being developed by their Chinese counterpart, and is not affiliated with Transformers: Legends in any way, nor is it going to be released in the US. Read on or here for more.
TRANSFORMERS Rising Clarification
As you may have heard, there’s a new DeNA game being developed titled Transformers Rising. We wanted to take a quick moment to address some of the misconceptions surrounding it.
For clarification, this game is being developed by our sister studio in China, and is in no way affiliated with, or a sequel to TRANSFORMERS: Legends.
There are currently no plans for a US release.
There is no beta testing currently going on. Claims of invitation and access to a Transformers Rising beta are completely fabricated for reasons unknown to us.
This game’s development and existence does not affect or influence TRANSFORMERS: Legends in any way. We have heard a few players suggesting that this game’s arrival will mark the end of TFL, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
TRANSFORMERS: Legends is running strong with a bright future ahead of it, and we want to make sure that all of our loyal players are well aware of that.
DeNA has revealed the next episode in their Transformers: Legends mobile device game, Five Faces of Darkness Part 2. Check out the brief synopsis and promo art below featuring Blaster, Motormaster, and Runamuck. You can download the app by clicking here.
Will newly revived Galvatron succeed in becoming the leader of the Decepticons once again? Find out in the "Five Faces of Darkness: Part 2" episode in TRANSFORMERS Legends: http://moba.ge/TRANSFORMERSLegends
DeNA, the company behind Transformers: Legends, is set to release another Transformers themed mobile device game called Transformers Rising. Closed beta testing in the Chinese market is expected soon. Hopefully an English version will follow. Check out the screen cap mirrored below courtesy of 2P:
2P wrote:Transformers Rising takes the story of The Transformers as the background. Players will have the chance to act as the leader of Transformers base to fight. Except inheriting the gameplay of Transformers Legends, the new mobile game will be infused into the elements of EDU and SIM games. Besides, you can experience not only the traditional PVE and PVP modes, but also two new feature modes – 'Scramble for Skill' and 'World Boss' in the game.
2P wrote:Transformers Rising will start CBT soon. But DeNA hasn't revealed the time yet. Moreover, the game only supports Chinese currently. English version could be later.
Thanks to Gamefly we have the covers for the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark video game for all the majoring gaming consoles. The worlds of Fall of Cybertron and Age of Extinction collide on June 24th. Check out the various covers below:
In videogame news, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark gets a teaser trailer thanks to games website Game Trailers - and it's a Bumblebee-centric trailer at that, showing off the character in its variety of incarnations from Cybertron and Earth. Check out the video below!
A tidbit of news on the videogame front, thanks to GameFly. The site has uploaded Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark game cover art, due to arrive for multiple gaming platforms in June 2014 and developed by Activision. The artwork shows a Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime standing between elements of the upcoming movie - Lockdown and Grimlock - and its videogame predecessor Fall of Cybertron, with Megatron and Shockwave in the background. Check it out below!
Seibertron.com staff admin El Duque has spotted a very interesting article on his hounding travels, from the games section of VentureBeat, a tech and business news blog. The site had a chat with Jagex chief executive officer Mark Gerhard, and they talked about various topics, some of which have been previously reported, such as the Decepticon-Autobot disparity and the gameplay style - make sure you head to the official Seibertron.com thread for the game for more!
In other news, however, Gerhard has an intriguing point about their collaboration with Hasbro. Read on below!
Jagex has created all the original Transformers featured in the game — such as Duststorm, Firebreaker, and Showdown — from scratch, working closely with brand owner Hasbro.
“The IP [intellectual property] has been going for the last 30 years,” said art director Gerard Miley, pointing out that Jagex was free to draw on the entire range of Transformer generations for inspiration. “Universe is a key word,” he added, while also noting the key influence of the Transformers Prime animated television series. “The DNA of Prime is in our game,” he said.
Hasbro has no Transformers manual to use when creating a new bot, “so it’s really just studying the visual language of it,” said Miley. “Using clever shapes and a little bit of trickery to get the transformations working.”
Working so closely with Hasbro has yielded some great cross-promotion opportunities for Transformers Universe.
“It’s been a tremendous relationship,” said Gerhard. “They’ve been really blown away by how we’ve paid homage to the brand.”
With that in mind, Gerhard told me that Hasbro “has taken a number of bots we’ve created and turned them into a toy line.”
The toys won’t interact with the game, as we’ve seen with titles like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but their presence on toy store shelves will be a great boost to the Transformers Universe brand as well as vindicating the quality of Jagex’s original Transformer designs.
While Hasbro itself is “superkeen” to promote the game on this toy line, Gerhard is wary that most of the people who buy the toys are quite young. He wants the game itself to be well received within the industry and with older gamers before leveraging the “extra footfall” that the toy line would create. “I think it’s a fantastic enhancer,” he said.
While this is the first official confirmation we have about a Universe game-based toyline, it does not come as that much of a surprise - after all, we've already seen some odd bolts cropping up in the Transformers: Prime (RID) line. Remember them?
As other members of staff have also pointed out, the game has been in development limbo for ages, and we've heard and seen from one of its concept artists previously too, with clear Prime-esque concept designs too. You can read the whole interview here - and make sure to leave your thoughts in the Energon Pub!
The Transformers Universe YouTube channel has uploaded extended bio videos for the previously teased warriors Catapult and Shellshock. Additional images and technical data for each can be found by visiting the Transformers Universe website. We've embedded the videos below:
Catapult moves in the shadows with the strut of a notorious gunslinger and reads cross-winds like a circling hawk.
Place Catapult at long range with her Phase Chamber primed, sniper rifle cocked and license-to-terminate activated; she'll drop her mark grill-down in the dirt for keeps. A mysterious loner, the only trace this Autobot exists is a tag scratched into every 'Con she dispatches to the scrapyard.
Retirement was never one of Shellshock's plans: he's been holed up in his armory feverishly waiting for the call.
Faceplate-deep in munitions and customizing his beloved miniguns, he ensured burst rates, muzzle velocities, calibers and cartridges all got a little love. A career killer, you won't have to ask him twice to rejoin the fight. Put this slayer in mid-range with a directive for destruction and Shellshock will have a blast every time.
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