Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip

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As USA Today is once again used to launch a new Transformers media feature, the lovely folk over at Space Ape Games have followed it up with the full press release and a number of tasty treats in the form of art and more for new mobile game Transformers: Earth Wars! Keep your optics tuned here at Seibertron.com for some more game-related goodies soon, too...

Transformers News: Press Release - Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip's Transformers: Earth Wars Mobile Game


Hasbro, Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games Bring The Fight Home with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS; Game Coming To iOS And Android in Select Markets Spring 2016

Battle as AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS and Fight Against Live Opponents Around the World In First TRANSFORMERS Real ­Time Combat Strategy Game


Boulder, CO ​(February 10th, 2016)​– This spring, fans of the beloved TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. will have the opportunity to harness legendary characters, including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and STARSCREAM, in the palm of their hands with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS – the latest real‐time combat strategy mobile app. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonVale, Ninjump, Paper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms, Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS brings the excitement of the battle between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to supported mobile devices with fast‐paced gameplay and beautiful 3D animation, allowing the characters to attack, battle, and change form right before a player’s eyes.

With this game, players can choose to fight with OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS or join forces with MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS in a battle for the fate of planet Earth. Players can join their favorite TRANSFORMERS faction, assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for ENERGON stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from CYBERTRON , all while playing in real‐time against other players around the globe.

“The TRANSFORMERS franchise is like no other. The story that has carried on through generations has drawn millions of fans who can’t wait for what’s next,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “Working in conjunction with Hasbro, we’re bringing the TRANSFORMERS franchise to life in one of the most popular game genres.” Using authentic TRANSFORMERS storytellers and voice actors from the original franchise, TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS extends the GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY story across new platforms, enabling players to interact with other TRANSFORMERS fans, as well as millions of people around the world who enjoy real‐time combat strategy games. Fans of real‐time combat strategy mobile games will appreciate a game play experience wherein players are solely in control of converting their characters and engaging in TRANSFORMERS versus TRANSFORMERS battles. The game also features artwork inspired by the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY series, dialogue written by TRANSFORMERS comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, as well as Frank Welker, the original voice of MEGATRON.


“We are excited to join forces with Backflip Studios and Space Ape to bring our iconic TRANSFORMERS brand to life in a new way through the launch of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro. “TRANSFORMERS fans and fans of combat strategy games will love the explosive action as they join the fight to control the fate of Earth. “We’re delighted to bring one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises to mobile devices in an explosive new gameplay experience,” said John Earner, Co‐Founder and CEO, Space Ape Games. “We’re focused on making hand crafted games that fans will enjoy, and can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with mobile gamers.”

TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS will be free to download but will feature in‐game purchases, and will be released worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS in Spring 2016. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play.

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About Backflip Studios

Backflip Studios develops and publishes absurdly fun mobile games for iOS and Android devices. The company’s portfolio of top ranked games, which include hit franchises such as DragonVale, Paper Toss, NinJump, Spellfall, PlunderNauts, and Army of Darkness Defense, have been downloaded over 350 million times and are played by more than 33 million active users per month. The company is based in Boulder, Colorado. Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) has a majority ownership stake in Backflip Studios.

About Space Ape Games

Founded in 2012, Space Ape Games is a mobile games studio based in Central London made up of games veterans and key people behind the biggest gaming companies and the biggest social games on the web, including a #1 game on Facebook, two #2 games on Facebook and one of the largest virtual worlds for kids on the planet. Space Ape’s hit strategy games Rival Kingdoms and Samurai Siege are available on iOS and Android devices. Space Ape Games won the 2015 TIGA Award for Best Independent Studio and for Game of the Year for Rival Kingdoms, plus the 2014 Develop Award for Best New Studio and the 2015 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio. For more information, visit http://www.spaceapegames.com.

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Transformers News: Press Release - Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip's Transformers: Earth Wars Mobile Game

Transformers News: Press Release - Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip's Transformers: Earth Wars Mobile Game

Transformers News: Press Release - Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip's Transformers: Earth Wars Mobile Game

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Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765119)
Posted by Ravage XK on February 10th, 2016 @ 9:32am CST
Doesn't look that interesting, the sort of game we have seen 100s of times before.

Will wait and see though.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765126)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 9:48am CST
Ravage XK wrote:Doesn't look that interesting, the sort of game we have seen 100s of times before.

Will wait and see though.



The game itself may be a little similar to other RTS ones, yes - but believe you me, the attention to Transformers detail is truly impressive!

I mean: Cullen, Welker, a new music album, toy and cartoon designs, dialogue snippets, and just you wait for more. :D
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765154)
Posted by Kyleor on February 10th, 2016 @ 10:41am CST
Hopefully this game won't be allowed to become a pay-to-win money raper like DeNA's Transformers games were allowed to become.

Also the Beta says it's incompatible with all my devices, yet mine should be compatible according to what they list as the only requirement. Maybe they don't want anyone getting it anymore? Has anyone played the Beta?


Edit: I found the APK elsewhere, it installed fine, started fine, the graphics look sweeeeeet on a Galaxy S3 (definitely does NOT look like the Beta of a game), and probably look better on a bigger/newer screen.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765158)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 10:50am CST
Kyleor wrote:Hopefully this game won't be allowed to become a pay-to-win money raper like DeNA's Transformers games were allowed to become.

Also the Beta says it's incompatible with all my devices, yet mine should be compatible according to what they list as the only requirement. Maybe they don't want anyone getting it anymore? Has anyone played the Beta?


As far as I'm aware, the Beta is only open to certain regions/via invitation. Only pre-registration is allowed for now, with full release coming in April!
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765165)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on February 10th, 2016 @ 11:11am CST
i could really do with a toy of that Optimus
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& oh WOW :shock: is that Fort Max?
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Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765177)
Posted by steals_your_goats on February 10th, 2016 @ 11:40am CST
Stuartmaximus wrote:i could really do with a toy of that Optimus

& oh WOW :shock: is that Fort Max?


Isn't that pretty much just MP-10? And that's not fort max. It has an enormous decepticon logo on it.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765204)
Posted by Stuartmaximus on February 10th, 2016 @ 12:47pm CST
steals_your_goats wrote:
Stuartmaximus wrote:i could really do with a toy of that Optimus

& oh WOW :shock: is that Fort Max?


Isn't that pretty much just MP-10? And that's not fort max. It has an enormous decepticon logo on it.



dunno if MP 10 had wheels on the outside of his arms like that :-?

ah....your right! silly me thinking it were Fort Max :roll:

i also noticed CW Megatron in the trailer! right at the end

i may give this game a try when it comes out! but i'm not too enamelled with Freemium games tbh
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765230)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 10th, 2016 @ 1:41pm CST
Bumblebee's body design is the same one that was seen on the poster that first showed us CW Optimus Maximus way back when.

Also, stop with the darn '86 movie quotes! After 30 years it's not cool anymore, it's overdone.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765397)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 6:11pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Bumblebee's body design is the same one that was seen on the poster that first showed us CW Optimus Maximus way back when.

Also, stop with the darn '86 movie quotes! After 30 years it's not cool anymore, it's overdone.


Shush you.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765398)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 6:20pm CST
Even more coverage is rolling in about the newly and fully announced Transformers: Earth Wars mobile game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip - with new reveals too in the form of Windblade and Slipstream as playable characters! The interview with Space Ape founders John Earner and Simon Hadesnippeted below from Gamesindustry.biz also offers insights into the game type, the build the companies have been using, and the companies' commitment to the project and aesthetic choices. Check it out, and head here for the full thing!

The studio [Space Ape Games] has, so far, made its name as something of a specialist in what its founders call 'build and battlers', the mid-core asynchronous multiplayer genre established to such great success by Supercell and Clash of Clans. It's already had two successes in the genre: Samurai Siege and Rival Kingdoms, but now Earner and Hade are looking to take the next step with the attachment of a globally recognised IP in the shifting shape of Hasbro's Transformers for its new game Earth Wars.

"I guess you could say it's the modern take on classic Transformers, where the characters are bigger, chunkier and more colourful, rather than the [Michael] Bay-style, which uses more organic characters," says product owner Chris White when I ask if they're tying Earth Wars to the Bay-directed films. "It works very well for us because they're very readable when they're small."

[...]

"Talking to a lot of the Transformer fans we have over the course of development, it's amazing how many of them haven't played any games in this genre before," says White. "Whereas you'd expect everyone to have played Clash of Clans, they actually haven't, so we're introducing them to the genre for the first time. One really interesting thing we saw during development, when we were getting Transformers fans in, is that, as a developer you've obviously seen a lot of games, a lot of tutorials. You start to think that everyone must know how this works, that you need to teach the player something different. Actually, there's tons of Transformers fans out there that don't know the mechanics of the genre, or indeed any game.

"It's easy to be cynical, having played tons of games in the genre and developed a few of them, but then you realise that maybe in some areas you've actually gone a little too far with the innovation and you need to dial it back a bit and give people something they're more familiar with."

[...]

"Transformers is huge in Asia," Earner corrects me. "We have the rights to launch the game globally, we secured the rights via Takara to introduce the game to Japan, which is the only territory where Hasbro doesn't have the rights, but there's a long and productive relationship between the two. So it's not so much that we don't have plans for Asia, it's that Asia requires an extra amount of detail. We won't go live in those countries on day one because we want to put real time into it.

"A pleasant surprise for me, having spent a week in China last year: we always knew that China had become excited about what we call 'Bay-led' Transformers. Bay-led is a country or person whose introduction to the brand comes from the recent films. France is Bay-led, believe it or not, as is China. We suspected that, as a result they might not recognise some of the characters, such as Grimlock. But the mid-core player on the coast of China is also male, 28-45. They know this stuff and they love it, so we're extremely optimistic about it, but like you say, they're a different market, you can't just come at it straight."


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Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765403)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 10th, 2016 @ 6:26pm CST
Whoa. Takara design in a Hasbro game. Neat.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765446)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 10th, 2016 @ 8:00pm CST
1/ Trailer looks like cr@p.
2/ App is not available. Only the BETA is available.
3/ Beta and final product will be geo-blocked and unavailable in Japan and China (and probably never released in those territories).
4/ Game is merely a pay-to-win, freemiun clone of Clash of Clans, complete with generic buildings and level design.
5/ The "artwork" "shared" by the company at this site, in this post is just some generic backgrounds. No characterart, or anything event remotely "Transfomers" about it.
6/ I give this 3 months before it tanks.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765454)
Posted by Microraptor on February 10th, 2016 @ 8:38pm CST
Well...the character models look nice....
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765479)
Posted by Deadput on February 10th, 2016 @ 10:14pm CST
Ravage XK wrote:Doesn't look that interesting, the sort of game we have seen 100s of times before.

Will wait and see though.



Like every other game these days.


Originality is pretty much dead you can make a new game engine or think of one unique revolutionary gameplay effect but overall we are going to see repetitiveness in a lot of Transformers media.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765481)
Posted by Deadput on February 10th, 2016 @ 10:16pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Also, stop with the darn '86 movie quotes! After 30 years it's not cool anymore, it's overdone.



THIS


I honestly mean it I cringe when I hear You got the touch these days (The line not the song it's still fine)

I was the movie wasn't considered the staple role model on which everything Transformers should be based on.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765511)
Posted by Va'al on February 11th, 2016 @ 1:44am CST
primalxconvoy wrote:1/ Trailer looks like cr@p.
2/ App is not available. Only the BETA is available.
3/ Beta and final product will be geo-blocked and unavailable in Japan and China (and probably never released in those territories).
4/ Game is merely a pay-to-win, freemiun clone of Clash of Clans, complete with generic buildings and level design.
5/ The "artwork" "shared" by the company at this site, in this post is just some generic backgrounds. No characterart, or anything event remotely "Transfomers" about it.
6/ I give this 3 months before it tanks.


I see your positivity, and assure you there is more art - we're just waiting to post it. ;)

The app is available, but we're discussing semantics at this stage, really.


Let me counterbalance with:

http://www.seibertron.com/games/gallery.php?id=167

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Deadput wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Also, stop with the darn '86 movie quotes! After 30 years it's not cool anymore, it's overdone.



THIS


I honestly mean it I cringe when I hear You got the touch these days (The line not the song it's still fine)

I was the movie wasn't considered the staple role model on which everything Transformers should be based on.



And that's why the designs are based on both G1 (where Devastation made its cash) and the recent Generations lines! I think it's a nice touch (heh) really, and the game looks very pretty from where I'm standing. :D

Also, the music they're using is from the Roll Out album that will be released in April, rather than G1-esque stuff.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765515)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 11th, 2016 @ 3:05am CST
Thanks for the extra pics. They are not bad, but the game itself is still donned to failure. Why play this when clash of clans is so huge? And the audacity of the devs to basically say "we've dumbed down clash of clans for transformers fans because they don't understand how to play (such) mobile games" is also gob-smackingly naive.
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765521)
Posted by Ravage XK on February 11th, 2016 @ 3:35am CST
"Transformers is huge in Asia," Earner corrects me. "We have the rights to launch the game globally, we secured the rights via Takara to introduce the game to Japan, which is the only territory where Hasbro doesn't have the rights, but there's a long and productive relationship between the two. So it's not so much that we don't have plans for Asia, it's that Asia requires an extra amount of detail. We won't go live in those countries on day one because we want to put real time into it.


Why can't the rest of us have the extra amount of detail? :-(
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765523)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 11th, 2016 @ 3:38am CST
The "extra amount of detail" is nothing. He's using corporate-speak to say "we've got to wait to bring out a Japanese and Chinese version, which won't rely have any thing extra, except more money to all of the middle men companies that have to be dealt with."
Re: Transformers: Earth Wars Real Time Combat Strategy Mobile App Game from Hasbro, Space Ape and Backflip (1765527)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on February 11th, 2016 @ 4:10am CST
Those Bludgeon pics are nice but a bit oversimplified and blocky.

The Windblade and Slipstream pics just remind me that I hate jet Transformers whose wings don't even try to compact in robot mode...

As for the game, I have tried to get into mobile games (and am developing a simple fun lil one myself) but for the most part they're just not for me. I'd quite happily buy another Devastation for my PS4 though but it looks like the follow up to that game has switched franchises to the Ninja Turtles but happily has the multiplayer co op I would have liked in a Devastation sequel at least.

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