Published on June 24th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning
NEW TRANSFORMERS VIDEO GAME ANNOUNCED – THE FIRST TO BE BASED ON HIT ANIMATED SERIES ‘TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK’
Outright Games, the leading global publisher of family-friendly interactive entertainment, has announced TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK – Expedition, an all-new action packed, single player TRANSFORMERS video game that is being developed in partnership with Hasbro, a global leader in play. This is the first game inspired by the original animated series TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK that premiered globally November 2022. TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK – Expedition will introduce a new generation of video game fans to an all-new generation of Earthborn TRANSFORMERS bots when it launches later this year on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC.
TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK – Expedition puts fans behind the wheel of the iconic hero Bumblebee, as he drifts, drives, and fights his way across a new but familiar world. The game aims to faithfully recreate the environment and feel of the ground-breaking animated series, as Bumblebee sets off on his own adventure to face a mysterious threat from his past and stop the series villain Dr. Meridian, aka “Mandroid”, from recovering missing pieces of an ancient technology.
As part of this action-packed journey, players will be able to freely explore three massive biomes and complete quests from their Terran allies, the first TRANSFORMERS robots to be born on Earth, and new original characters from the TV series. To complete his mission Bumblebee will also fight against and alongside fan-favourite legacy TRANSFORMERS bots including Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Skullcruncher, Nova Storm, and Skywarp.
Deep levels of exploration and combat reward players for undertaking multiple playthroughs as they unlock a diverse range of upgrades and abilities that allow access to previous locations, and to discover secrets in previously inaccessible areas. Unlock the skills needed to take down Decepticons with spectacular ultimate attacks and customize Bumblebee by selecting a variety of engine energy trails when in vehicle mode.
The game has been designed to be accessible for fans of all ages, with detailed analysis given to different scenarios allowing freedom of exploration, text legibility, control setups and difficulty curves ensuring it is playable by younger gamers. Variable difficulty options are included that allow the game to be played according to individual ability, alongside mechanics that mitigate frustration in combat, such as directional warnings to help players identify incoming threats more easily. An assisted driving system has also been included which provides an easier control scheme when in vehicle mode, as well as the option to enable automatic camera so players can focus their full attention on exploring, driving, and battling enemies.
Stephanie Malham, COO of Outright Games said, “We’re very excited to be working with our long-term licensing partner Hasbro once again on a Transformers title that pushes the boundaries of what video games can bring to a long standing, hugely popular franchise. They have done an incredible job modernising and reinventing what Transformers means for a new generation through TV series, blockbuster movies, and working with the best partners on streaming platforms. We’re delighted to bring our expertise to the table and help compliment this strategy through the creation of video games for younger fans.”
TRANSFORMERS started life as a toy-line in 1984 and has gone on to depict the epic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons across movies, TV shows, comic books, innovative toys, and digital media. The TRANSFORMERS franchise is a global powerhouse spanning generations that has produced over 10 feature films and countless video games, making it a household name around the world.
TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK – Expedition will launch in 2023 across Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and PC.