Fellow Seibertron.com member Primeultimus has spotted another video on GameTrailers, concerning the upcoming Activision Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark videogame - and this time, it's not Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. Check out the embedded video below, featuring the Decepticon leader Megatron!
Gaming website TrueAchievements has posted a trio of screenshots from the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark video game, two of which are new. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be coming to all major gaming consoles this June. Check out the images mirrored below:
Additionally, Walmart.com has updated their pre-order with a store exclusive. Fans who purchase the game from them will receive a free code to unlock Stinger, a character from this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Only at Walmart: Free code inside to unlock Stinger Character. While supplies last.
Where two worlds collide! 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 Megatron!
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 campaigns and escalation, allowing players to unlock rewards that will aid progression in both modes!
ESRB Rating: TEEN
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.
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!
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