Via the website gamesindustry.biz, we have some unfortunate news hailiing from Jagex, the company behind the Transformer: Universe MOBA online game. It appears that the company is in talks regarding having to let go a number of its employees, as a result of a company-wide downsizing. This follows the news of the current CEO Gerhard leaving by the end of this year, too. Read some more below, and the full piece here.
UK studio Jagex has confirmed that it is currently in a consultation process with the staff assigned to its Transformers Universe project. Some will find new roles on other Jagex games, others face redundancy.
"It is with regret that we can confirm some members of the Transformers Universe team will now be facing the possibility of redundancy. The proposed downsizing comes as the product reaches a new stage of development in its life cycle with a view to refining specific areas of gameplay for a live environment," the company told GamesIndustry.biz in a statement.
"Proposing to lay off staff is not something reached without due care and consideration and comes, in this instance, only at the end of a long period of deliberation. We remain grateful to all members of staff who will be affected by this process, and would like to thank them for all of their work on the game."
Days of Deception Or: Setting Up The Chess Board (Spoiler free-ish, for the first few parts)
Days of Deception begins! PROWL and the CONSTRUCTICONS hunt the world's deadliest game-three humans with a history of fighting CYBERTRONIANS! Lines are drawn as human and machine alike are drawn into-the ONYX INTERFACE!
But does it know why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?
When we last left Robots in Disguise, a history lesson from Alpha Trion had concluded, with Optimus Prime wondering just what, if anything, out of what was learned that he should keep as a secret to the rest of his crew. Transformers #35 drops the subtitle and picks right up where we left off, and we check in with some old human "friends".
The pink helps out with camouflage when he takes his 12 year old sister to the mall
Of course, Prime and his crew are keeping a close watch on the humans, given their recent alliances with Galvatron's earthbound Decepticon crew. The interactions between Prime and the various crew members, and between said crew members themselves, continues the subtle but deeper-by-the-issue characterization that's been prevalent in the past several issues of Robots in Disguise that was sorely lacking in the book's earlier days.
Still so sassy!
Barber's tone indeed keeps up with what we've seen out of the past several months, injecting humor where needed and the right amount of snark (or lack thereof) in certain characters. You may also be surprised to see some returning faces not seen since Dark Cybertron, but then you'd look like a fool. Transformers is, after all, written by John "Continuity" Barber himself, and in his world, characters don't just exist to sell toys. At least, not in the long haul.
Even Galvatron's got jokes these days
By the end of the issue, pieces are in place for verbs to start happening. However, in typical Transformers style, you'll be left hanging for another month to find out just what those verbs are.
This issue features regular Transformers artist Andrew Griffith, colors by Josh Perez, and lettering by Tom Long. Unlike our esteemed comics editor Va'al, I'm not a great art critic, technically speaking. That said, I enjoyed the contrast of styles between the human-focused scenes vs. the scenes with our robotic cast. The sharp lines and vibrant colors of the Cybertronian crew are in distinct contrast to the almost mushy look of the human characters. The monochrome toned clothing featured on them throughout (at least mostly) helps with this as well.
So you think KFC is still open?
If I had to nitpick one thing with the art, it's that the humans aren't always the most convincing looking. Some of them feel a little rushed. Let's be honest though, if any of us were working on a comic book about Transformers, we'd probably rush through the pencils and ink on the human cast as well. Of course this isn't a blanket statement by any means, as Griffith shows that he can not only convey emotion through our favorite giant alien robots, but through the faces of good 'ol humans as well.
Thoughts Full blown spoilers ahead
No really, full on spoilers below. This is your last warning.
This issue is very much a case of a fact that impatient readers lament on a regular basis - to play a game of chess, you have to get the board set up correctly first. While this may just be a game that leads to another game, that "another game" being Combiner Wars, it's one that ought to be played. Plot points left dangling at the end of the Costa run, and even by the transition into All Hail Megatron, may finally get addressed. At the very least, we know what's going on with Jimmy Pink and what his motivations are for siding with that darn dastardly Spike.
What a gang of pals.
By the end of the issue, we've got Prime and Soundwave moving into their places, Galvatron setting some of his plans into motion, and human characters doing things. That's really all I can say to that story arc so far, they're just doing stuff. It's very cool to see Prowl and his friends start their pursuit of That One Guy that probably deserves to be stomped by a 'bot boot, but something about this human plot feels like it's been inserted just to wrap up some old plot lines and lead the main characters to their Macguffin for the next trade paperback. I don't actually hope to be wrong on that, which may be part of what frames my opinion there. Earth based stories in Transformers are cool when they focus on Transformers with the humans as a sideshow, character building device, or symbolic element. This succeeds in that so far, so I can forgive simpler details on why said humans are doing what they're doing.
Counterpunch sent me a movie that started like this once
Also, for all the great stuff going on with Prowl, there are some hints that - get this - something's manipulating his mind. If that seems familiar, well, it should. We've seen that movie and we know how it ends. I'm hoping there's some fun and creative end game that these hints are going to lead to. The shades of grey that Prowl demonstrates, along with his foil in More Than Meets The Eye in Megatron, has been a great thing to witness and hopefully this creative team avoids going into full blown Cerebro-shell gimmick land this time. His interactions with Optimus Prime in the past handful of issues have been something to remember and didn't feel cheap, so here's to hoping that they don't end up that way in retrospect.
Me too, little buddy
It'd be hard to give this issue any kind of "right around average" score. Scores are a bit silly anyway on totally subjective reviews such as this. While I certainly have some fears for the future after reading it, these also may be totally unfounded. The actual content is very enjoyable, and if you've been reading Robots in Disguise you can't afford to miss out on Transformers #35 simply due to the amount of set up that happens.
That said, this is part one of something bigger, and it certainly feels that way. It does its job well in that regard, but if you're looking for some pay off, this month is not the time you're going to get that satisfaction. I recommend this as part of a whole, though if you haven't been keeping up and don't intend to, this is a hard one to recommend to a casual Transformers comics reader.
. out of
For the regular IDW reader, this shouldn't be missed
. out of
For the occasional reader, this is just a poke above average
Seibertron.com board member and fan video reviewer, chuckdawg1999 has posted a new video review on his YouTube channel and shared it with us. That review? Age Of Extinction One-Step Changers Steeljaw. You'll remember him as the robot dog breed used by Lockdown in Age Od Extinction.
Here's what he had to say and share:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:I wasn't sure what to make of this figure when I first got it in hand, but after the reveals at SDCC I feel this is a preview of sorts for the RID cartoon. The changing gimmick really doesn't wow me all that much but the paint details are quite nice. I can only recommend the figure if you're really into animal based Transformers.
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Want to get a sneak preview of the upcoming all-new episode of Transformers Rescue Bots? Discovery Family has a couple of them via their website. Two new preview clips of season 3 episode 4 "Phantom of the Sea." Catch the episode this coming Saturday November 15. Until then enjoy the following preview clips.
Discovery Family wrote:The Rescue Bots and the Burns family board a ghost ship that appears only once every ten years. Catch the full episode this Saturday only on Discovery Family!
Online Retailer AmiAmi has posted Official Images of Takara Tomy AD31 Silver Knight Optimus Prime. These images show Optimus in both robot and alt modes, his different faces and his Weapons. Check out the images we've mirrored below and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Thanks to Seibertron.com Member Cyberpath for giving us the heads up that Takara Tomy posted new images of the AD31 Silver Knight Optimus Prime showing off it's new face changing gimmick. AD31 Silver Knight Optimus is a retooled version of the Age of Extinction Leader Class Optimus Prime. And the retooling includes the chest, arms, weapons a premium paint job and a new head with a face changing gimmick. Check out the the images that Takara posted! We've mirrored them below for your viewing pleasures and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
With the preview we posted earlier for IDW Transformers #35, the new phase in the IDW-verse begings, as Days of Deception takes hold of the main stages - eventually leading into Combiner Wars for two of the series offered. But how did we get here? Make sure to pick up volume 6 of Transformers: Robots in Disguise to refresh your memory of all that's happened since Dark Cybertron, and check out the preview below!
Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 6
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith, Casey W. Coller (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
The AUTOBOTS return to Earth—with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back—and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? Plus, GALVATRON is on Earth as well, with a plan to reshape it as he once did with Cybertron. A bold new era begins here!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-164-0
• Collects issues #28–32 of the hit series!
Published on Nov 10, 2014
Today we meet with Transformers toy designers, Joshua Lamb and John Warden, to talk about Combiner Wars. They'll show you how to swap and combine all-new Legend, Deluxe and Voyager class Generations figures into SUPERION, MENASOR or a Combiner robot from your own imagination!
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As of this week, Robots in Disguise loses its subtitle, and becomes IDW's Transformers ongoing with issue #35 and the start of Days of Deception! Check out a full preview below, and head back here later this week for the Seibertron.com review.
Transformers #35: Days of Deception—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
Days of Deception begins! PROWL and the CONSTRUCTICONS hunt the world’s deadliest game—three humans with a history of fighting CYBERTRONIANS! Lines are drawn as human and machine alike are drawn into—the ONYX INTERFACE!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
One human knows the truth of CYBERTRON’s first encounter with Earth… but will his ancient enigma mean war for the AUTOBOTS?
30th Anniversary Variant cover by Andrew Griffith!
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