In the last two generations of video game consoles, Downloadable Content has become a grudgingly accepted fact of life. In the case of Transformers: Devastation, no DLC has been announced at the time of this writing- but that's very unusual for any game in this day and age. So if there is DLC, what could it be? Based on the G1 voice actors announced for the game, we have some ideas. Come speculate with us after the jump!
While new stages or skins for the existing characters could well be a possibility, it strikes me that the amount of voice reuse in the G1 cartoon gives us some strong choices for potential DLC characters. Some of the most likely in our opinion are:
Michael Bell as Prowl.
With Michael Bell on hand to play Sideswipe, and an IDW influence being mentioned in pressers for Devastation so far, this is the most intriguing possibility to me. A G1 Prowl with a hint of IDW's amoral schemer could be entertaining to say the least. Even if they don't go that far, Prowl has been a prominent character in the fiction of late thanks to IDW and has a toy coming out around August. So if you have Michael Bell handy... why not?
Peter Cullen as Ironhide.
You've got Peter Cullen right here, and it would frankly be really nice to hear him voice the character again since he wasn't used for it in War For Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron.
Ironhide was a prominent character in the live action movie trilogy as well - and like Prowl, has a Combiner Wars figure coming out soon. Which leads us to...
Frank Welker as Mirage.
At the moment, we're taking PlatinumGames at their word that only Autobots will be playable in Devastation. There are a few other other Autobots played by Welker, but as with the other choices here I'm presuming that 1) 1984 will take precedence like it always does, and 2) Mirage has a toy out shortly. Good recipe for an added character, and his invisibility could make for unique gameplay and/or animation options. Welker also played Trailbreaker,
and his forcefields could also make for interesting mechanics.
Dan Gilvezan as Goldbug.
As the Kid Appeal Character, Gilvezan doesn't have a lot of other prominent characters on his G1 resume. But everybody loves Bumblebee, and Bumblebee is pretty much a cornerstone of Transformers marketing at this point. So why not a second, Bumblebee, be it as a skin or even a more powerful second version of the character to level up?
has very few other G1 roles to seriously consider, and his only other major Autobot performance was as Skyfire/Jetfire
. That might represent a set of play mechanics too different from the other Autobots to be taken into serious consideration.
Of course, there are going to be other voice actors, and some of them will pretty much have to be new - Wheeljack is the fith playable Autobot after Prime, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, and Grimlock, and he was voiced by the late Chris Latta. But it seems to me that if you have these voice actors on hand, if playable characters as DLC is on the table, then these would be some of the best choices.