I have never been more excited for a video game that has been given so little fanfare. I am a huge Transformers fan and always have been, but there have been precious few games that have really done the property justice. Transformers: Devastation looks like it has a chance of going beyond “doing the property justice.” It looks like it has a very real chance of letting fans (new and old) celebrate the insanity that comes from a war between two armies of transforming robots.
I could just spout off for a thousand words to talk about how this game might be great just because Transformers are awesome, but no one has time for that. Instead, I have cornered two very specific reasons why we should all be very excited for when this game comes out.
First, the game is being developed by Platinum Games. I am sure that doesn’t mean a great deal to a lot of my readers on its own, so here is some context. Platinum games is the developer behind DmC (the recent reboot of the legendary Devil May Cry series), Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101. Of those three games only the latter of them is appropriate for children, but all of them share one thing in common. They all feature completely over the top action. Bayonetta specifically is almost funny considering how crazy the action is. That fits the Transformers brand to a T. There are giant robots who transform into trucks, VW Beetles, fighter jets, cassette players, and even dinosaurs that fight it out on Earth. I can’t imagine another developer who would be able to develop an action game that really highlights that in a fun way.
Second, the animation will bring tears to the eyes of fans of the original series. My love for the original series of Transformers (lovingly referred to by fans as Generation 1) is well documented on the web. Fans have tolerated the character models in the recent Transformers movies (barely), but many have longed to see the original designs brought forward. Transformers: Devastation is being drawn using the Generation 1 character models and in an animation style that makes it look like a Saturday morning cartoon come to life. Take a look at the screenshots below to see what I mean.
We don’t have a release date yet, but they have indicated that the game has been in development since early 2014 and is scheduled for release this fall. Keep your eyes on Engaged Family Gaming for more information as we get closer!