Hasbro clarifies continuity of Transformers Prime, WFC, Exodus
Thursday, December 9th, 2010 11:03PM CSTCategories: Cartoon News, Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Seibertron Views: 98,597
Hasbro wrote:---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Subject: From Hasbro's Transformers brand
A question was recently posed to Hasbro’s UK office asking if the Transformers Prime television series and the Transformers War for Cybertron video game were in a connected continuity. Unfortunately the wrong answer was delivered and that answer has made its way to the fan community. The TRANSFORMERS brand team would like to confirm that Transformers War for Cybertron video game, Transformers Exodus novel, and the Transformers Prime television show are in the same aligned continuity. Hasbro is creating a single continuity to tell the bulk of our TRANSFORMERS stories going forward.
Please look for further details about the continuity plan and new projects over the next year.
on behalf of Hasbro, Inc.
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Posted by Supreme Convoy on December 9th, 2010 @ 11:12pm CST
Pretty ambitious but it should be exciting.
Posted by gantzrunner on December 9th, 2010 @ 11:19pm CST
Posted by Pyrostrata on December 9th, 2010 @ 11:23pm CST
For the record, Prime HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WAR FOR CYBERTRON....or any other existing continuity....This might change if they suddenly decide to take the series proper in a TOTALLY different direction than the pilot, which would be a tragic turn of events.
Posted by zenosaurus_x on December 9th, 2010 @ 11:28pm CST
Even if it is right...uh, the ignorance in bliss or something...
Posted by The Dude on December 9th, 2010 @ 11:44pm CST
Not only that, but it seems to go against everything the designers of the game intended. WFC=G1. Pass it on.
Posted by Mkall on December 10th, 2010 @ 12:04am CST
Posted by Anonymous on December 10th, 2010 @ 12:12am CST
Talk about your infinite loop of main cast. I know Rodimus Prime failed initially, but I think we're all ready to move on. Iterations of Optimus, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, et al are immensely " " thematically. Will we ever see Generation 3?
On Topic: Perhaps the continuity errors are due to the same story being told over and over again. Maybe they should have never brought Optimus or Megatron back in the first place.
Posted by Agamemnon on December 10th, 2010 @ 12:17am CST
I don't know if it needs it, but I will try to spoiler protect what follows:
There are many inconsistencies, and downright changes to the story, between Exodus and WFC. In reading Exodus, I could see that perhaps it could be in the G1 continuity, but there was a point about two thirds of the way through when it was painfully obvious this was probably the movie-verse instead. It outright contridicted G1 in several aspects.
As far as Exodus and WFC, towards the end of Exodus, it tells the same story about Omega Supreme as WFC, but in a completely different manner. Omega was brought down by Starscream and the seakers and crashed in the book, not in any way like how it happened in WFC with Megatron taking out Omega. The manner in which Zeta Prime (Sentinel Prime) is taken down/out by Megatron is completely different too. As is how Optimus gets the matrix and becomes Prime.
The Book's a decent read, but it's just too different from WFC which is too different from Prime which is too different from the movie-verse which is too different from G1 which is too different from the Unicron Trilogy which is too different from all of the comic universes... I could go on, but I think I've gone on too long already.
The point is that Hasbro already has so many universes. Let them be! Don't fight it. In fact, one of the great things about Transformers is that we each can tell whatever stories we want with whatever characters we want. How much fan fiction is there out there? Some of it really good, much of it horsehockey. But all of it the author's own. The toys spawn creativity and imagination. Let it happen! Don't try to reign it in or put boundaries on it. All that will end up happening is people will rant, get upset about every little detail and inconsistency in every piece of fiction produced. As a TF fan I can say: WFC is FUN TO PLAY!! Exodus was fun to read. The Bay movies are fun to watch. G1 is fun to experience, though it feels different now than when I was ten. Beast Wars was awesome! I did not care for the dubbing on the Unicron Trilogy, but there were some excellent toys and gimmicks in the lines. I love all of the toys! Why must any of it be shoehorned into one universe? Let it be and let the universes grow and flourish within each of our imaginations.
Man, I didn't mean to rant like that. I guess work has been just that stressful.
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on December 10th, 2010 @ 1:11am CST
Skyfire-5 wrote:Will we ever see Generation 3?
That's what Beast Wars was
I always hated this idea when it was first hinted upon, it doesn't make any sense first of all, secondly, I haven't read the novel, but they don't mention any key plot elements that would connect the two (like why no one else seems to know what dark energon is), and the character designs are FAR different. They really needed more communication between their game development teams, their writing teams, and their animated series teams.
Posted by Pretender Skywarp on December 10th, 2010 @ 1:17am CST
Posted by Megatron Wolf on December 10th, 2010 @ 1:51am CST
Posted by Starscream GaGa on December 10th, 2010 @ 1:58am CST
Fact is, WFC was made as a prequel to G1 and it works as a prequel far better then anything we've previously had. It works better as a prequel to G1 then it does Prime, that's for sure! The only major contradiction that is in WFC is the existance of Silverbolt and Airraid, but the story is open enough for there to be a reason for them needing to be re-created. Not to mention the fact that G1 itself wasn't really good at the whole "they were made during the series, they cannot be on Cybertron" thing (Looking at YOU, Constructicons!).
Exodus is just on its own, it isn't the same story as WFC and unlike WFC it doesn't fit into any continuity. It's a single continuity.
Posted by Rodimus2006 on December 10th, 2010 @ 3:09am CST
WFC, WFC 2, Exodus, Prime. I been gettin things right alot any more and I was right about the Transformers Time line.
The movie-verse is it own unique thing it just borrows from other aspects of past Transformers and usses plot devices in its films however the Allspark was never seen in any of the series expcept for Animated.
So there Prime and WFC are connected howver Prime & the movies are not connected.
2 seperate universes 2 diffrent versions only thing in common they share the same name Transformers.
Think video games like Bioware they make Dragon Age & Mass Effect they are done under Bioware but they are done buy seperate teams only common thing they have they are owned by EA/Bioware.
Think in terms of Star Wars as WFC is the Beginning then Exodus is the middle and Prime is the Present.
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 10th, 2010 @ 3:09am CST
That's what I've always thought of the Transformers franchise. Every few years, it's a brand new take on the same basic premise: Autobots vs. Decepticons, war leads to fleeing Cybertron, the battle comes to Earth, and the rivalry of Optimus Prime and Megatron lives on. I think that makes the brand as a whole stronger in the sense that it can keep re-inventing itself around the same basic idea and it still (usually) works. When you start trying to make it all fit together, it all comes apart, and all the individual tellings of the story are diminished. We don't need a streamlined singular timeline, or a fully mapped out "multiverse," or poorly thought out ideas like each member of the original Thirteen being the same entity in every universe, to enjoy Transformers.
I wonder if this effort by Hasbro to make everything Transformers fit into a unified timeline is mostly motivated by a perceived need to rein the Transformers brand back into a fully unified, singular line of toys for the sake of the retailers? I don't know why that would be such an issue now, as both collectors and kids seem not to have trouble at all buying the toys they like and ignoring the rest.
Posted by warwik311 on December 10th, 2010 @ 4:59am CST
Just a thought
Posted by griftimus prime on December 10th, 2010 @ 5:42am CST
Posted by Starscream GaGa on December 10th, 2010 @ 6:12am CST
Rodimus2006 wrote:Think in terms of Star Wars as WFC is the Beginning then Exodus is the middle and Prime is the Present.
You very clearly have not read Exodus. Exodus starts off BEFORE WFC, then completely retells WFC's story with only very superficial similarities(Dark Energon, Starscream on a sattelite, Omega Supreme does... Something.). Neither stories, in anyway, fit together in the same timeline nor can they plausibly fit into Prime's continuity... In just FIVE episodes it's contradicted most of the events in both the game and book's continuity.
Posted by BattleRoller23 on December 10th, 2010 @ 6:35am CST
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on December 10th, 2010 @ 6:43am CST
Posted by Lord Onixprime on December 10th, 2010 @ 6:58am CST