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.
Here's the latest episode in DeNA's Transformers: Legends mobile device game, Attack of the Autobots! The app can be downloaded by clicking here, check out he details and promo art below:
After sabotaging the Autobots' recharging station with a personality destabilizing device, Megatron can now control their will! It's up to Bumblebee, Sparkplug and Jazz to find a cure and stop Optimus Prime. Join them in: Attack of the Autobots!
The Gamespot YouTube account has uploaded a new Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Vignette featuring Optimus Prime. In addition to being able to play as Fall of Cybertron and Age of Extinction Primes there will also be a G1 version. Enjoy the video embedded below. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark releases on June 24th for all the major gaming platforms.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will merge the Cybertron game universe with the Michael Bay films. And there will be more than one version of Optimus Prime playable, including a long-time fan favorite.
Fellow Seibertron.com user #Sideways# just spotted a new update regarding the Transformers Universe MOBA. The people behind the game have revealed a new character for Universe, through a Vine (short looping video), Meltdown, who appears to have Transformers: Prime Ratchet's mold in a gold and blue deco, and features a Boraya Beam Gun, Starstream Beam Gun, Protex Rocket Launcher and is also a medic. Check out some screenshots below, and click here for the Vine!
The Transformers: Battle Masters App is now available for both iOS and Android. It's a boxing style fighting game that starts with two playable characters, Bumblebee and Starscream. However, six additional characters can be unlocked as you gain achievement in the game. Click here to download for iOS or here for Android, and check out screen shots below:
TRANSFORMERS ® Battle Masters TM
Rule the ring with your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters!
The TRANSFORMERS Battle Masters game allows players the chance to battle in the ring with their favorite TRANSFORMERS characters. Choose your TRANSFORMERS bot, select your match and then get in the ring! Start playing with two characters - Bumblebee “The King of Sting” and Starscream “The Emperor of Energon” then defeat your opponent, level up and battle to win championship belts and unlock up to 6 additional characters!
Download the TRANSFORMERS Battle Masters action battling game now!
• Choose your side: Autobot or Decepticon! Up to 8 Transformers bots to choose from like Optimus Prime “The Diesel Destroyer” and Megatron ”The Calamity of Humanity”.
• Head to head TRANSFORMERS bot battling action!
• Swipe the screen to knock your opponent out with massive punches!
• Land several successful punches to energize your TRANSFORMERS bot and throw a SUPER PUNCH!
Courtesy of website MarketWatch.com, here is another Transformers-themed addition to social mobile gaming and devices from DoubleDown Casino and International Game Technology. It appears to be a casino cascade symbol type of game, with Fall of Cybertron style Transformers characters featured in the symbols. Check out the press release below!
IGT's DoubleDown Casino Brings TRANSFORMERS Battle for Cybertron to Mobile and Desktop
Featuring more ways to win from a single spin with FreeFall Symbols
LAS VEGAS and SEATTLE, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology, a global leader in gaming systems technology, and DoubleDown Casino, the world's largest social casino, bring "more than meets the eye" to social games this month with the launch of the TRANSFORMERS Battle for Cybertron game on desktop and mobile. Players can experience the legendary battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with Planet Cybertron's heroes and villains including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, GRIMLOCK, SHOCKWAVE, RATCHET and BUMBLEBEE in the latest Hasbro release on DoubleDown Casino. The 40-line, five reel, high-energy slot is packed with innovative mystery and bonus features.
"We're committed to bringing exciting engagement to players, and are thrilled to offer this popular licensed game to DoubleDown Casino's mobile platform for the first time in the U.S.," said John Clelland, vice president of global Interactive marketing at IGT. "With the release of this unique social slot game, our players can enjoy instantly recognizable, exciting animations, and relive the fun of TRANSFORMERS from anywhere, at any time."
The game features IGT's classic FreeFallSymbols which allows multiple wins from a single spin as winning symbols disappear and are changed into new ones, cascading from above. After any spin, TRANSFORMERS robots may appear and explode away further symbols, unleashing even more wild and bonus-triggering symbols. In the Free Spins Bonus, players can select a TRANSFORMERS character to match their style of play: MEGATRON and OPTIMUS PRIME offer bigger multipliers, while SHOCKWAVE and BUMBLEBEE offer more free spins.
Explore two unique worlds as your favorite TRANSFORMERS characters from both the movie, TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and Cybertron universes in a battle to secure an ancient and powerful relic, the Dark Spark!
-GO BEYOND THE MOVIE: For the first time ever, fight your way through both earth and Cybertron universes in an unforgettable battle to secure the Dark Spark.
-OVER 40 PLAYABLE CHARACTERS: Including: OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and MEAGTRON!
-CHANGE FORM ANYTIME: Switch between robot and vehicle form on the fly!
-EPIC MULTIPLAYER BATTLES: Expanded four-player co-op online escalation mode with new upgradeable defenses and challenging Power Foes!
-NEW UNLOCK SYSTEM: Leveling system spans campaign and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid progression in both modes!
Activision has announced today that Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is set to release this June. It will complement Age of Extinction, and go beyond the movie by tying together the movie universe with the Cybertron universe. It will be a third-person action adventure in which players may choose from over 40 characters, and battle to secure the Dark Spark. Rise of the Dark Spark will release on Xbox One, Playstation4, Xbox 360, Playstation3, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, along with Windows PC.
UPDATE: Courtesy of GameStop, we have a confirmed release date of 24th June 2014 (shortly before the Age of Extinction cinema opening), and a price tag of $59.99.
And thanks to CVG.com, we have a couple of additional screenshots from the game, mostly featuring the two versions of Optimus Prime, below.
Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro, Inc. said:
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is an arc between the Cybertron and Earth based worlds of this popular franchise. This year marks 30 incredible years of TRANSFORMERS. This game tells another chapter in the TRANSFORMERS story that all fans will love.
As a follow-up to both Age of Extinction and games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark tells the tale of the search for an ancient, powerful relic—the Dark Spark. Players can switch between factions throughout the single-player campaign. Gameplay will include fast-paced running and shooting combat, along with vehicle action and large, dynamic conflicts.
Players will also be able to access multiplayer mode, Escalation, which allows for wave-based, survival-style gameplay for up to four online players cooperatively. Rise of the Dark Spark will feature new, upgradeable defense systems, recognizable opponents, and an expanded roster of characters, past and present. A new level system unifies single- and multi-player into one consistent character development path. Any experience earned in any part of the game will unlock awards and tactical loadout choices, like new characters, stronger weapons, special abilities, and consumable bonuses, which will be available through the entire game.
Rise of the Dark Spark is currently rated “RP” which is Rating Pending by the ESRB. Watch for the latest information.
About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.
From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).
Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, 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.
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