Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality

Sunday, February 16th, 2014 1:50pm CST

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During the craze of Toy Fair 2014, we hope you gamers out there got a kick out of the next game featuring our favorite transforming robots, Rise of the Dark Spark. In any case, the company developing the title, surprisingly, is not High Moon Studios. No, instead the game will be developed, Examiner.com reports, by Edge of Reality.

High Moon Studios, who developed Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, is not developing Rise of the Dark Spark. Edge of Reality, who previously worked on the Mass Effect Trilogy and Dragon Age: Origins, are developing Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and the game will be available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U, and 3DS.


On a side note, for the 3DS version, the developer will be Way Forward, who is known for making Duck Tales: Remastered and other games.

Credit(s): Examiner.com


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Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551358)
Posted by VirusCarnage on February 16th, 2014 @ 2:14pm CST
I wonder what HMS is working on right now, I want to believe it's a AoE game, but who knows at this point.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551361)
Posted by Mkall on February 16th, 2014 @ 2:17pm CST
No PC version = no interest from me.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551364)
Posted by VirusCarnage on February 16th, 2014 @ 2:22pm CST
Mkall wrote:No PC version = no interest from me.


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At the end of the trailer it did have a PC logo.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551366)
Posted by Sodan-1 on February 16th, 2014 @ 2:39pm CST
I'm pretty big into my games and I've never heard of Edge of Reality. Having a quick look at the list of titles they've worked on I'm not filled with hope. Seems to be mostly ports and a handful of piss-poor licensed games. #-o
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551368)
Posted by Dead Metal on February 16th, 2014 @ 2:46pm CST
Agamemnon wrote:
Dead Metal wrote:
Agamemnon wrote:
Dead Metal wrote:
Agamemnon wrote:*Sigh* Well, it looks like I can finally cut myself off from these video games. It may be awesome in playability, but what drew me to WfC and FoC was the definite G1 tie in. I do not like the tie in to the movies (or even Prime, for that matter.)


WFC/FOC are not G1 though, they are (or where if this is going to be connected to the movies) Aligned, which means Prime.

True, but I find that more of a retcon. It seems clear to me that WfC, in particular, was meant to align with G1, or at the very least throw back to it. (Compare BB with G1 and Prime/the movies, and I think this is pretty clear.)

Also, I should state that I don't like Hasbro's attempts to "align" everything. They own the properties, so they get to do what they want. But I think it is wrong of them to stifle the imagination of their customers, which is what I think they are doing whether intentional or not. But, that's just my opinion...

No it's not, if you look at the behind the scenes stuff, the interviews, and the fact that the story is basically the same as all the other Prime prequel material it's clear that it's always been intended to serve as a tie-in to Prime. High Moon even said that they just wanted to let it look as close as possible to the G1 cartoon because that was their favorite incarnation and the one they grew up with.
If by looking vaguely like G1 is all it takes to convince you that it's supposed to be G1, then you probably also view Animated as G1.

So it is a crossover and not a real sequel to FOC? Lame, it doesn't even have High Moon attached from what I can tell.
Skipping this.

But, see, that's the same problem I'm having with Hasbro. Why must this align in a way that takes the customer, i.e. us, out of the creative process? Why not leave it open to interpretation how we all want to see it?

And, no, please don't put words/thoughts in my mouth. I can see a resemblance between BB of G1 and WfC, not Animated. If this was always intended to be Prime/aligned, then why not make BB look more like Prime BB? Because they wanted to have that G1 tie in, or throwback. The stories of WfC and Exodus, while not entirely consistent with the G1 cartoon mythology, could be reasonably integrated with each other, as long as one doesn't get too picky, in my opinion. Perhaps my memory is a little fuzzy, but I thought the aligned continuity idea came during WfC development. Now, granted, I didn't see the behind the scenes interviews, so I will gladly defer to you on that info. But, given how the game looked, the references to G1, it has the feel of decisions being made part way through to make changes to "align" things more.

But I do agree with you. I don't like the crossover idea at all and will be skipping this altogether.

Sorry, now that I re-read my comment, it sounds much more mean-spirited and douchy than I had intended. So I apologize.

Aligned was being worked on a long time before WFC, before Animated started. For instance, work on Animated started at about the same time the Energon toys hit shelves. And High Moon stated that they where working closely together with Hasbro from day one.
The only way WFC/FOC could work as being a prequel to G1, is if it was the prequel of a completely new G1, due to all the things in the games that don't work with all the G1 material we have.
As I stated, the designs are so G1y because that was the version the designers where most familiar and comfortable with. Yea, sure BB looks more like G1 BB than Prime BB, but then again we already have proof that these guys change their bodies. Megatron for instance got a new body in FOC that makes him look closer to Prime.
And if we tried to force this in G1, we would have to ignore almost 90% of the game, including all of the technology and the body designs, since really it's only really the heads that are G1. The bodies are more movie with all those complicated moving parts.
Seriously, if you really look at it, there is simply no way how this meshes with any incarnation of G1 ever.

And Hasbro wanted this to be part of the Aligned continuity, because they wanted it to. It's their property and they are trying to branch out into different forms of entertainment, one of which is story telling.

Also, don't forget that it's the stories and the media that actually make us attached to Transformers, and if we got to decide about those things, well it wouldn't really work anymore.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551451)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on February 16th, 2014 @ 9:03pm CST
thats kind of disappointing but then again could be good, after war for cybertron high moon hasnt had a good track record. Fall of cybertron wasnt that great & dark of the moon & deadpool were failures. But edge of reality hasnt really done much, looking at the list of games they developed nothing stands out. They did a good job on the mass effect & dragon age ports but they didnt make the original games. Only time will tell at this point.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551452)
Posted by Mindmaster on February 16th, 2014 @ 9:06pm CST
IMO, as long as they don't ditch their game less than six months after release in favor of making a game of mediocre quality, I'm all for them.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551466)
Posted by #Sideways# on February 16th, 2014 @ 9:43pm CST
Oooohhh! Now I get why I am flabbergasted. I shouldn't be. I figured this was still High Moon, who has the Midas Touch of Transformers games, it seems, and I was wondering why they would do something so... Well... Nonparallel in concept. Think about it: If they had crossed WFC with almost any other series, it would still work. If they did WFC meets Unicron Trilogy, it would work; if they did WFC meets G1, it would work; if they did WFC meets Beast Wars, it would still kinda work; they could do much of the different universes, but this just doesn't... Blend. All this seems to be is a vie for money, capitalizing on the new movie hype and the general adoration of WFC in general. I probably won't buy it, unless it become more than what it seems.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551475)
Posted by Dotmshockwave on February 16th, 2014 @ 10:44pm CST
This could actually be a decent game, I'll stay optimistic, I just really want to have movie shockwave battle g1 optimus :CON:
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551476)
Posted by MGrotusque on February 16th, 2014 @ 10:48pm CST
The graphics look like crap.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551483)
Posted by Judge Deliberata on February 16th, 2014 @ 11:24pm CST
Yeah...until I get confirmation that High Moon Studios - or whatever's left of it - are actually working on this game in some capacity, I'm not touching this with a ten-foot pole.

They weren't even laid off because Deadpool was a bad game; IIRC they got canned right after development, before it even hit the shelves. And it was adequate.

This whole thing reeks of a cash grab in an industry plagued with cash grabs.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551485)
Posted by noctorro on February 16th, 2014 @ 11:49pm CST
Such negativity, wow

Sorry to read that High Moon isn't the developper. Those guys were pretty dedicated and enthusiastic about Transformers.

Okay DOTM had a lot of flaws, but FOC made up for that more than enough.

I think I'm going to enjoy the game.

And I don't care about how it not perfectly fits in with G1 or the movie. As long as it's great gameplay like FOC and has cool characters from FOC and the movies then I'm a happy gamer.

Might even get a PS4 for this :DANCE:
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551580)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on February 17th, 2014 @ 1:42pm CST
Activision has announced today that Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is set to release this June. It will complement Age of Extinction, and go beyond the movie by tying together the movie universe with the Cybertron universe. It will be a third-person action adventure in which players may choose from over 40 characters, and battle to secure the Dark Spark. Rise of the Dark Spark will release on Xbox One, Playstation4, Xbox 360, Playstation3, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, along with Windows PC.

UPDATE: Courtesy of GameStop, we have a confirmed release date of 24th June 2014 (shortly before the Age of Extinction cinema opening), and a price tag of $59.99.

And thanks to CVG.com, we have a couple of additional screenshots from the game, mostly featuring the two versions of Optimus Prime, below.

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Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro, Inc. said:
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is an arc between the Cybertron and Earth based worlds of this popular franchise. This year marks 30 incredible years of TRANSFORMERS. This game tells another chapter in the TRANSFORMERS story that all fans will love.


As a follow-up to both Age of Extinction and games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark tells the tale of the search for an ancient, powerful relic—the Dark Spark. Players can switch between factions throughout the single-player campaign. Gameplay will include fast-paced running and shooting combat, along with vehicle action and large, dynamic conflicts.

Players will also be able to access multiplayer mode, Escalation, which allows for wave-based, survival-style gameplay for up to four online players cooperatively. Rise of the Dark Spark will feature new, upgradeable defense systems, recognizable opponents, and an expanded roster of characters, past and present. A new level system unifies single- and multi-player into one consistent character development path. Any experience earned in any part of the game will unlock awards and tactical loadout choices, like new characters, stronger weapons, special abilities, and consumable bonuses, which will be available through the entire game.

Rise of the Dark Spark is currently rated “RP” which is Rating Pending by the ESRB. Watch for the latest information.

About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.

From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).

Through the Company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.

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About Activision Publishing, Inc.

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Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551581)
Posted by Mindmaster on February 17th, 2014 @ 1:48pm CST
Okay, so it's set after Age of Extinction and Fall of Cybertron. Interesting. :-?

Though how the crew of the Ark and the Nemesis will make a return for Rise of the Dark Spark will be the question. Unless it'll take place behind the scenes of Fall of Cybertron, before they go into the unstable Space Bridge.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551593)
Posted by kaijuguy19 on February 17th, 2014 @ 2:31pm CST
Interesting to hear about the game taking place after both AOE and FOC. I wonder if by crossing paths with each other the Cybertronians from the Cybertron games take inspiration from the movie TFs and reformat into what they look like in Prime? It's a streach I know but still I can't help but wonder if this is another way to bridge both FOC and TFP.

Also if the game has the same features like WFC and FOC wehn it comes to customizing characters and using them in multiplayer that'll be cool. If you can indeed play 40 different characters I hope we'll see WFC Arcee and Slipstream in it as well as the sisters from ROTF.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551601)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on February 17th, 2014 @ 3:42pm CST
Why the change in developer, though? I thought that High Moon hit it out of the park!

Did I miss something?
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551617)
Posted by KnightStrike on February 17th, 2014 @ 4:19pm CST
I hate hearing High Moon didn't get to keep creating fantastic Transformers games like WFC and FOC for us :-( Also, the movieverse mash-up concept killed any interest I may have had left in this. Universe crossover versus games don't sound appealing to me. On the positive side, that is money saved towards all the greatbots revealed at Toy Fair :lol:
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551624)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 17th, 2014 @ 5:04pm CST
DecepticonFinishline wrote:Why the change in developer, though? I thought that High Moon hit it out of the park!

Did I miss something?
Because High Moon Studios is no more.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551633)
Posted by ChrisRiss on February 17th, 2014 @ 5:56pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
DecepticonFinishline wrote:Why the change in developer, though? I thought that High Moon hit it out of the park!

Did I miss something?
Because High Moon Studios is no more.

High Moon Studios still exists. They did cut a bunch of staff after Deadpool, but from what I read, that was mostly staff that worked on that game.
Re: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer Revealed: Edge of Reality (1551637)
Posted by DoctorOblivian on February 17th, 2014 @ 6:12pm CST
i just realized something... this game idea alone ruins hasbro's idea of the Aligned continuity being separate from the primary multiverse that we are so used to. Because if that was the case, the Movie Transformers universe and the WFC/Prime universe would not be able to cross over in the first place.

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