The free-to-play MOBA Transformers Universe is entering open beta tomorrow, which means that players will be able to register and then immediately jump into the giant fighting robot action. Jagex is celebrating the big step this weekend by offering double XP and $75,000 in prizes.
Why can't the Autobots and Decepticons ever get along? Well, sadly they're programmed to punch each other forever. That does make the Transformers setting a fitting one for a game about brutal, neverending war, however. It's a slightly unexpected direction for Jagex, the creators of the relatively peaceful MMO, Runescape, so we caught up with vice president David Nicholson to ask him about building new bots and the challenges of capturing the magic of a much-loved series.
The time is now. It is the age when the Autobot and Decepticon war comes to browsers across the globe. To celebrate the summer launch of Transformers Universe—the new free-to-play robo-battler—we’ve teamed up with Jagex to offer PC Gamer readers a special offer ahead of the worldwide roll-out.
Developer Jagex Games could have made Transformers Universe a MOBA, but instead it calls the game a MOTA (massively online tactical action game). Which, really, is a unique name for a third-person, class-based multiplayer action game. Maybe a little bit like Smite, but with a few Transformers-specific twists. If that sounds like something you're ready to pay for, the developer announced its Founder's program today.
Transformers Universe interview: CCO Alex Horton on big changes and working with a beloved franchise
Once an MMO, now a class-based, multiplayer tactical action game, Transformers Universe has seen a lot of radical changes.
As Chief Creative Officer at Jagex, the developer working on Transformers Universe, Alex Horton is the perfect person to tell us what led the company to make those changes, what it’s like working with one of Hasbro’s most treasured brands, and what we can expects from the game when it finally comes out.
Transformers Universe is about to go into its first public beta this weekend. In the run up to that, we’ve got two exclusive new reveal trailers of transformers created especially for the game.
By now you might be a little confused about what Transformers Universe is. The game was first announced in 2011 as an MMO. Then, just last month, developer Jagex announced that Transformers Universe is in fact a massively online tactical action game, or MOTA, which clearly evokes MOBAs. If you look at the two recently released trailers, however, Transformers Universe looks most like a class-based multiplayer action game (maybe a little bit like Smite) with a few Transformers-specific twists.
Bombastic robot punches are the name of the game in this new trailer for... oh, it's Transformers Universe. That's the name of the game. Jagex's online game will be morphing into a released state this summer, so here's a minute and a bit of giant metal monsters smacking, bombing, and lasering each other into scrap. Whether it bears much relation to the MMO that... Oh, what? Transformers Universe isn't an MMO any more? Well, what is it then? Oh... Oh dear.
Jagex have told Eurogamer that beta testing of their new free-to-play, browser-based MMO, Transformers Unvierse, will kick off "very soon" in preparation for a full release next year. They've also dropped some new details. Read on for information about the class system, vehicle transformation and how Transformers Universe will relate to the recent cartoon series.
A new teaser trailer for Jagex' upcoming Transformers MMO has snuck in. I thought it was a sandwich, but then it transformed, and became the moody, atmospheric trailer you see above. It leads me to believe that a game based around the paranoia that everyday objects might be robots in disguise would be a fine thing. For all we know about the new Jagex MMO, it could be that game. You can see the first, equally enigmatic teaser trailer here.
Jagex have sent over a teaser trailer and a batch of concept art for their upcoming robo-MMO, Transformers Universe. While the teaser trailer doesn't show much, the concept art shows us some potential environments, and features pink Energon cubes that transformers like to snack on. Who wants to bet we'll be collecting them to level up? We still know very little about Transformers Universe right now, but the game's producer, Kris Jones, is scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation at the upcoming Develop conference next month. We might learn more then.