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Seibertron.com's notes and photos from Activision's Transformers game event

Transformers News: Seibertron.com's notes and photos from Activision's Transformers game event
Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 9:55pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Event News, Game News, Media
Posted by: Seibertron

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Activision invited several key Transformers related websites out to Los Angeles on June 6th, 2007, for a Q&A session and to have some hands-on demonstration with the Transformers game on each of the major platforms. As many of you know, the owner of Seibertron.com is pretty triggerhappy with his camera so there are some repetitive pictures from the Q&A session. Nonetheless, the pictures capture the event for everyone to enjoy.

Each of us at the event were able to play each of the major 5 platforms for about 20 minutes each. Bottom line is this: if you don't own a Wii, a Nintendo DS, an Xbox 360, a Sony PSP or a Sony Playstation 3 ... you need to go out to buy one. The platforms are truly incredible and the handhelds are a lot of fun.

Below are some notes that I took while attending the Activision event. I'm not a big fan of writing reviews so hopefully you'll find some of the information that I posted from my notes and in the galleries useful as we continue to get closer to the release of the Transformers games from Activision and the worldwide release of the Transformers Movie. The notes presented below are in the order that information was provided to me at the event, so some of it is out of order.

Please let me know if you guys have some additional questions. Thanks!

Ryan

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    Notes from the Transformers Game Event:
    • The opening cinematic that Activision showed us is mind-blowingly awesome. It opens on Cybertron. The computer animation is simply beautiful. It looks like there was a fully rendered Cybertron in the style of G1, not the style that's on TransformersMovie.com.
    • Activision showed us a cinematic that features Bumblebee landing on Earth. Optimus Prime states Bumblebee's mission. We've seen this mission objective via radio intercom used in the past for the 2004 Transformers Armada game from Atari. Bumblebee then scans a Camaro that is alone in an empty parking lot.
    • Bumblebee battles Swindle
    • Activision demo'ed a lot of the transformations.
    • The game makes use of a radar that shows your location, a map of the area as well as any enemy targets which are marked with their faction symbol. The radar is similar to that used in other major platform games.
    • The Transformers can climb the sides of buildings.
    • There is a ton of interaction with the city and such.
    • Every 20 energon cubes you obtain unlocks a different mission/objective, unlockable characters, features, etc.
    • The game has a lot of Easter eggs throughout the game such as a building called "Seaspray's fish and chips" or "Hound's Hot Dogs".
    • Activision referred to the faction symbols as "shields" which I don't think I've heard anyone do before.
    • Next, Activision showed us a cinematic with Barricade, Mikeala and Sam.
    • "Protect and Serve" mission objective: defeat Barricade and get to Sam before him. Story: The Decepticon Barricade has posed as a human Police vehicle in an effort to harm. More ...
    • Optimus Prime announces what Bumblebee should be doing. Peter Cullen has done an incredible job with his Optimus Prime voice. It totally sounds like his G1 self.
    • Barricade and Bumblebee battle around Tranquility high school.
    • Trivia: tranquility sharks
    • The transformation sound is similar to what we hear in the movie ... there is no use of the G1 transformation sound.
    • While Bumblebee and Barricade are battling, the action moves to a cinematic with them on a highschool football field. The action is beautfil
    • One of Bumblebee's mission is called "Plight of the Bumblebee" (a nod to Marvel Comics' Transformers #16).
    • Something from the "Plight of the Bumblebee" comic book is available as an unlockable feature (not sure if it's the full comic or cover art).
    • Activision compared the interactive environment like a "ball in a china shop scenario"
    • "Unfriendly Skies" Objective: ground Starscream and defeat him. Story: Starscream is after the AllSpark. Shoot him out of the sky ...
    • Optimus Prime to Jazz: "Starscream ... take him out."
    • The game uses small Autobot or Decepticon shields on the radar to identify the enemy's location.
    • Starscream is HUGE compared to Jazz ... but in an entertaining "omigod the bad guy is so big" kind of way.
    • Jazz is voiced by an African American voice actor.
    • Activision's Dreadwind character battles Jazz.
    • Activision's Daniel talks about working with Hasbro to collaborate with Aaron Archer and crew for the movie game toys.
    • The characters in the game have shadows.
    • The police chase after Jazz while battling the Decepticons.
    • "Hound's Hot Dogs" on Main St. during Jazz's battle with Dreadwind.
    • Next cinemtatic that was showed to us: Decepticons versus Jazz (Blackout and Dreadwind ... Starscream takes off during Jazz's battle).
    • Jazz then battles Blackout, who looks phenomenal.
    • Unlockable characters ... G1!!! (Including G1 Optimus Prime plus repaints. I also wrote down Megatron but we weren't shown this and I don't remember this being mentioned), television openers
    • Their intention was to satisfy the fans.
    • G1 Optimus Prime looks beautiful ... it's incredible to see G1 Prime rendered like this!
    • The cars have weapons and nitro.
    • G1 Optimus Prime can fire missiles.
    • "Heavy Weapon" Objective: defeat Shockwave
    • Shockwave is a purple triplechanger complete with a G1 styled head.
    • Missile turret, helicopter and a robot.
    • Shockwave's transformation is awesome.
    • Jazz voices to Optimus Prime via radio transmission for his mission.
    • Optimus Prime quotes: "I can't let him get away", "You will not cause anymore destruction, Decepticon."
    • Activision wanted to create a game that plays up the movie and the fans.
    • "Transformations actually mean something in the game."
    • Amazing destruction technology ... almost fully interactive environment. Very impressive!
    • The complexity of the transformations really surprised Activision.
    • A lot of information wasn't available (i.e. voice of Megatron) so they worked with what they had at the time.
    • Activision was able to use a lot of the ILM assets, which ILM/Dreamworks/Paramount was more than happy to share.
    • Tom: "game gives a lot of backstory to the movie that was never shot."
    • Peter Cullen (re: working with welker again): "It was fantastic, has always been when I work with Frank. We work well together. Frank's kind of like a fuse ... you just kind of never know when he's going to blow up. but he never does. It's always in a good way."
    • Tom DeSanto was asked about special features for the DVD: Michael Bay is a DVD fan. Tom doesn't want to give anything away.
    • Activision views the handhelds (DS and PSP) as supplementals to the platform versions.
    • DS version takes advantage of the hardware considerably. It really pushed the limits.
    • PSP: wanted to make a game with the Transformers stuff that they themselves wanted to see in a game (they are fans).
    • There are 26 characters in the PSP.
    • A company called "Savage" worked on the PSP.
    • PSP provides a unique experience you aren't going to get anywhere else such as versus modes, capture the flag, etc.


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    Lots of NEW Movie Merchandise Available in the United Kingdom.

    Transformers News: Lots of NEW Movie Merchandise Available in the United Kingdom.
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 7:29pm CDT
    Category: Movie News
    Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TheSpacebridge at TFW2005

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    It seems that a UK Transformers fan has located several new items that seem to be exclusive to that region of the world, at least at this point in time.

    The findings include:

    Optimus Prime Bath Fizzer
    A Transforming Toothbrush colored similarly to Prime
    A Bubble Bath Sponge with Optimus Prime Case (w/moving faceplate!)
    Movie Character Based Birthday Cards

    If you would like to see some images of the new items click here.

    Enjoy the barrage of Transformer's merchandise. Spider man, Star Wars, all had their time, well it's our time now...

    New Hoyts Movie Contest in Australia

    Transformers News: New Hoyts Movie Contest in Australia
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 7:18pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Event News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): i_amtrunks

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    Our own i_amtrunks has informed us about a new Transformers Movie contest in Australia. Here is what he reported:

    "Since the previous Hoyts competition ended last night, they have released details for a new competition:
    http://hoyts.ninemsn.com.au/competitions/intro694.asp


    To launch this long awaited movie we're giving you the chance to WIN one of 10 Transformers prize packs, including a Hasbro Voyager Figure, Hasbro Deluxe Figure, Transformer Pen and an in-season double pass to see Transformers - all courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Hasbro.


    You have to be a ninemsn member (hotmail counts)and Quote:
    IN 25 WORDS OR LESS TELLS US IF YOU WERE A TRANSFORMER, WHAT OBJECT WOULD YOU MORPH INTO?"

    Transformers Movie Burger King Toys (images)

    Transformers News: Transformers Movie Burger King Toys (images)
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 7:16pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Toy News
    Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Super-Megatron at CYBERTRON.CA

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    And the inevitable shows up!

    We all knew it would happen, but here they are... a picture sharing the Transformers Movie Burger King Promotional toys has surfaced at CYBERTON.CA.

    Check out the images of the Burger King movie toys here at CYBERTRON.CA!

    Of note, it looks like Megatron may surprisingly be the most detailed and nicely made of the bunch, but they all seem to have interesting qualities.

    There are toys of Blackout (helicopter mode), Megatron (robot), Starscream (robot), Ironhide (Topkick), Ratchet (Hummer), Prime (truck), Scoponok (scorpion), and Bumblebee (robot).

    No date is given on the availability,but it won't be long now!

    Hasbro says 'Sayonara' to CAA

    Transformers News: Hasbro says 'Sayonara' to CAA
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 6:57pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Company News
    Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): New York Times, CNBC.com, Wikipedia.com

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    Hasbro has done something a bit strange. With a major motion picture about to appear in three weeks, Hasbro has said ‘sayonara’ to Creative Artists Agency, which is the agency that brought together and helped broker the deal for the Transformers Movie with Paramount, DreamWorks, Hasbro, and Spielberg.

    Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is one of the most powerful talent and literary agencies in American show business. Previously headquartered in a I.M. Pei-designed building in Beverly Hills, the agency represents a vast array of actors, writers, directors, and athletes, as well as a variety of companies and their products.

    So what does this all mean? It means that something is not going right between Hasbro, Paramount, DreamWorks, CAA, and possibly the movie. This is a bold move for Hasbro to do several weeks before the movie’s debut.

    For the powers at the Creative Artists Agency, Hollywood’s pre-eminent talent representative, the coming blockbuster “Transformers” has already brought a lesson in the cold-hearted ways of corporate entertainment.

    The outsize robot adventure movie was born when the talent agency connected Hasbro — a client, and owner of the Transformers toy line — with DreamWorks, Paramount and another longtime associate, Steven Spielberg, among others. As the project grew, at least 10 Creative Artists clients picked up credits, including the writers, several stars and both Mr. Spielberg and Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chief operating officer, who are executive producers.

    But a scant month before the picture’s release on July 4, Hasbro decided to jettison Creative Artists and jump to the rival William Morris, which represents the director of “Transformers,” Michael Bay.

    So it goes in the new Hollywood. Loyalty stops at the bottom line, and even the most powerful of agencies is finding it can be tougher to meet the needs of a corporate customer than to baby-sit for a temperamental star.

    Wayne Charness, Hasbro’s senior vice president for corporate communications, credited Creative Artists for its “invaluable assistance” in hooking it up with DreamWorks and Paramount. “For that, we’ll certainly be eternally grateful.”

    But, in explaining the corporate kiss-off, Mr. Charness added, “William Morris, from an entertainment point of view, is best able to deliver something for us now.”

    For Creative Artists, the loss of Hasbro is hardly a show-stopper. But the embarrassment comes just as it is trying to prove that it can mirror, if not exactly match, the intricacy and reach of the media conglomerates and consumer and technology companies that have come to define the entertainment world.


    You can read more about this break up here and here.

    Article About South Korea Transformers Movie Premier

    Transformers News: Article About South Korea Transformers Movie Premier
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 5:33pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Media
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Korea Times

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    Last night Micheal Bay and Megan Fox were in Seoul, South Korea for the premier of the Transformers Movie. Korea Times has posted an article about the event. Click here to read the article.

    New Transformers Game Footage

    Transformers News: New Transformers Game Footage
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 5:23pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Game News
    Posted by: Hotrod

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    More and more footage of the soon to be released Transformers Movie video game is appearing on the world wide web. Now new footage has appeared on Youtube. The quality of this footage is not the best. Check it out for yourself here.

    Toys "R" Us Australia Sale on Movie Toys

    Transformers News: Toys "R" Us Australia Sale on Movie Toys
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 5:04pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Store News
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Gutsman Heavy

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    Our own Gutsman Heavy has brought us news of a Toys "R" Us Transformers Movie toys sale in Australia. Here is what he reported:

    "Got the new TRU catalogue today, on the last page is movie merch sweetness. RRP in brackets

    Movie Legends $4.99
    Real Gear Robots $11.99 (14.99)
    Movie F.A.Bs $23.99 (29.99)
    Movie Deluxe $19.99 (29.99)
    Movie Voyager $39.99 (49.99)
    Movie Leader $69.99 (99.99)

    Optimus Helmet Voice Changer $69.99 (99.99)
    Cyber Stompers $39.99 (49.99)
    Transforming Blasters (Optimus & Starscream) $49.99 (69.99)
    Movie themed Bike $99.99 (129.99)
    Cyber Slammers $11.99 (14.99)
    Robot Heroes $9.99
    Kid's Toothbrush $8.99 (10.99)
    3D Battling Bubble Bath $8.99 (10.99)
    Construct and Play book "Press the models out of the pages to construct your very own Transformers" $9.99
    Unleashed Bumblebee $39.99 (49.99)



    No need to rush since the sale runs from 14th June to 9th July.

    EDIT: If you pre-order the movie game from TRU on any system you get a bonus Attacktix booster pack on launch day."

    New Transformers Game Interview on Gamespot, Tons of New Footage and Shockwave?

    Transformers News: New Transformers Game Interview on Gamespot, Tons of New Footage and Shockwave?
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 4:37pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Game News, Interviews
    Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Gamespot

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    Gamespot has just posted a lenghty interview with Daniel Suarez, executive producer of Activision, creators of the Transformers Movie Videogame

    The video interview shows tons of new game footage (in-game and cutscenes) and gives us a good look at some new apsects of the game we have not seen yet, including clips of Optimus Prime fighting a giant Shockwave and a quick glimpse of Bonecrusher and Starscream causing general mayhem (Note: Bonecrusher was not originally among the list of playable characters for the game, could this hint to him being an unlockable character?)

    Check out the interview here!




    Transformers Movie Advance Screening Report (from Australia).

    Transformers News: Transformers Movie Advance Screening Report (from Australia).
    Date: Tuesday, June 12th 2007 12:03pm CDT
    Categories: Movie News, Event News
    Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Burn

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    Seibertron's own Burn gives a first hand breakdown and report about the special screening that happened in Australia...



    "So it's now just a bit before 10:30pm Australian time and I just got back to the hotel after seeing the movie.

    So, where to begin? Well for starters, we're not allowed to talk about the movie until the 28th.

    What we are allowed to talk about is the event it's self...


    The red carpet was actually a "camo" carpet and the announcer made the comment "we've transformed this place into a junkyard, to make the Autobots feel at home" which gave me a bit of a chuckle.

    What did get annoying though was him constantly referring to Autobots as "Autobarns", someone obviously corrected him though.

    He kept handing out free tickets until the celebrities turned up, they also had music blasting away, and Lion's Transformers theme was one of them. It was the only TF related music they played.

    They were also hyping the fact they had a Hummer there done up with the Transformers logo, nothing spiffy about that really but apparently we were suppose to be in awe.

    A bunch of celebrities attended (Mulla can provide a full list after he swangled a Media pass and scored a media press kit), Megan Fox was the first to arrive and she did over the camo carpet. Michael Bay eventually turned up which is when things got a little crazy as we were told we could begin entering the theatre, except we had no idea where.

    It was all quite a bit disorganized at that point but we eventually found our way in. There were two cinemas in use with Bay and the Rachel chick in one and Megan Fox in the other.

    Bay got up and gave a speech at the beginning and stated that he had only finished the movie 19 hours ago (complete with one big error), then the movie got started and we were treated to one hell of a fantastic movie.

    There's good points and bad points but quite frankly the good definitely outweighs the bad. I'll post more and some pics (provided they turn out) when I got home in a couple of days.

    But I'll say this. GO AND SEE THIS **** MOVIE!"


    Sounds like we will have more to report and hopefully some pictures to share from other Australian members when they start reporting in and sharing how things went. Thanks Burn!

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