If’ you’ve seen the video, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, have a look:
Notice something about this trailer? Something glaring, off-putting, and a warning of what might be coming? You are not alone.
When I heard a few days ago about a new Transformers game by Activision being leaked, I’ll admit I got a little bit excited. After all, this is the publisher behind the absolutely awesome War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron games. Their studio High Moon showed they know what they are doing with this franchise and can FINALLY make a series of games for it that is not shit. Then came the bad news: The leak stated that the game was not being made by High Moon, even as it didn’t mention who. Still, I couldn’t help but feel hope.
Now, with this trailer, that hope is kinda dashed for Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. And while you can be fairly sure I will have and review the game for this site, I do so more to give an entry into what has been an amazing series a chance rather then hoping/expecting to get another really awesome title out of it. And the reason is right there in that video: Rise of the Dark Spark is meant to merge the Cybertron games with the recent Transformer movies. You read that right… Hasbro and Activision are officially colliding the two continuities into one.
I can hear the groans and the arms flying up with the word “done” from here, and I do not blame any single one of you. These movies have gone from a cool (if generic) introduction to the characters for a generation fairly new to them to an utter mess that seems content with pulling random words out of the mythos of the franchise and building whole stories based on them without a god damned clue what the fuck they were talking about, but god damn let’s make sure Devastator has a set of balls just hanging there so we can make jokes about it, right? And now THIS caliber of writing and world-creating is being smashed into head-long into a series of games that have actually built a solid world with solid gameplay that frankly kicks ass. I admit, I’m kinda worried too, and confused at the same time.
I mean, I would understand (and not bother with) Rise of the Dark Spark if it was a direct movie tie-in for Transformers 4. The movie is coming soon, and it only makes sense that a game following it would also be on the way. But what does this say about the expectations of that movie when Activision apparently thinks a game based on it alone won’t sell well? Does Hasbro actually need Activision to use the Cybertron’s fanbase to drum up excitement for the newest movie?
Ah well, at least it’s not the only Transformer game on the horizon. Transformers Universe is also scheduled for release this year, and it may well have potential…