Transformers: Battlegrounds is the first Transformers console game since 2015’s Devastation.
Publisher Outright Games posted a trailer and press release today for the upcoming Transformers Battlegrounds, the first console game for the franchise since Activision’s Transformers: Devastation in 2015. A self-described “leading worldwide publisher of family-friendly entertainment,” Outright plans to release Battlegrounds, developed by Coatsink Software, for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on October 23rd.
Little is presently known about Battlegrounds except that the trailer makes use of Cyberverse and/or Evergreen designs with such characters as Arcee, Shockwave, Soundwave, Bumblebee, and of course Optimus Prime and Megatron appearing. The press release also describes the game as “all-out tactical warfare” and notes that it will be playable in single-player or multiplayer modes, but no concrete information as to genre or gameplay is given.
An all-ages game – Battlegrounds’ PEGI rating for the EU market marks it as for ages 7 and up – represents a major shift from what Activision was doing with the franchise. The most fondly-remembered Transformers games, War For Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, were definitely aimed at an older audience, and given that Devastation. Outright’s catalog features licensed games for series such as Paw Patrol, Adventure Time, Ice Age, and Jumanji, while Coatsink has published at least a dozen indie games in addition to providing support to other developers on such games as the award-winning Papers, Please. Neither company’s output is specific enough to infer anything about Battlegrounds’ content, but it also shows that neither company is new to game development. More information is promised over the summer, so hopefully we’ll know what kind of game Battlegrounds is by the time it’s up for sale in October.
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