After being playable for roughly as many months as it was years in development, gamesindustry.biz reports that Jagex has pulled the plug on Transformers Universe, the MMO turned MOBA turned whatever they wound up calling it. The Runescape creator will move on to developing its own IP once again; the move is not entirely unexpected after a recent round of layoffs. Keep reading for more details!
Its been a long and rocky road for Jagex's Transformers Universe game. Starting with a very promising preview at BotCon 2011, things moved into the slow lane for the next 3 years with numerous updates and full a change out of the backend moving from an MMO to MOBA style play. The game's Ersatz Transforming robots were not attractive to players and after disappointing earnings, Jagex is said to begin layoffs according to game gamesindustry.biz.
The official Youtube channel for Transformers Universe has posted two new videos, giving a brief rundown of the set up of the game's world. One is narrated from the point of view of Optimus prime, and the other takes the form of a report to Megatron. Both videos share the same basic highlights and focuses on the same underlying message: Whose side are you on? Click through to see both embedded videos!
Jagex has confirmed today that both Wheeljack and Knock Out, known to fans worldwide as characters from the Transformers TV series, will appear as playable warriors within TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE. Premature news of their inclusion reached media overnight. While Jagex is willing to confirm their plans to include these, and many other, signature bots, further details of their weapons, equipment, and special attacks will not be forthcoming at this time.
Jagex has released the second episode of Under The Hood, their web series detailing the making and refinement of the Transformers Universe MOBA. This episode focuses on Peter Cullen and Frank Welker's voice recording sessions for the video game as Optimus Prime and Megatron. Keep reading to see!
Transformers Colombia has unearthed a range of new Hasbro stock images today. First up they've brought us a batch of photos for Angry Birds Transformers including Telepod toys to load characters in to the mobile game app, and race course sets for non-mobile device play. A range of characters are advertised in this set of images, so keep reading to check out all of the photos!
Jagex has announced that due to unexpectedly high server loads, they will be extending the open beta and holding another Double XP Weekend this week. In addition, the cash-prize contests for the highest skill score and the most friends recruited to the game have been extended. Click through for details and a link!
Youtube user Sooo Mungry has uploaded a video based on the currently running beta of Transformers Universe. The video gives an overview of various elements of the game including character mechanics and some samples of gameplay. Check out the embedded video for an idea what to expect when the game goes public soon!
Transformers Universe - "Under The Hood" Video Series Answers Fan Questions, Gives Away Exclusive Jacket
Jagex, the makers of Transformers Universe, have posted "Under The Hood," the first episode of a series answering fan questions about the upcoming game. In this first episode they take questions directly to developers, show a demonstration of the game at Gadget Show Live, and give away an exclusive jacket. Check out the video below for details!
Following the Transformers Universe Founders Initiative that just launched now launched. Jagex has posted a FAQ with details on wants fans get when paying for the different packs they are offering. The big surprise is the $449.99 for the Cybernite pack includes a 1--inch figurine (statue)! This is all very well and good, but it seems to be a bit strange that the game that has been promoted at "Free to Play" for years now has a twist that is going to cost more than meets the wallet. Read on for more details for the FAQ.
Thanks to The Spacebridge who have posted yet another blast from the past that never left the launch pad. They have posted yet more images of the Transformers Universe figures that were never released. Get a look at the Jetstorm and Toxitron action figures that are both sporting eye opening color schemes. Check out the images and notes on these figures from The Spacebridge below.
Thanks to The Space Bridge who have shared another one of their uber rare Transformers antiquities: Back in 2003 Hasbro had planned a repaint of Thunderclash / MW Prime as Menasor. A few unpainted prototypes have appeared over the years along with the box art. Here are some rare pictures of Hasbro's paint guide for the completed toy. See the images of the Unreleased Transformers Universe Menasor Figure that never was mirrored in the gallery below.
Transformers United Seeker Ace Set Out of Box Images and Review - Comparison Shots Show Botcon and Henkei Toys
Thanks to the Allspark's Powered Convoy who has posted an extensive review and image gallery for the Transformers United Seeker Ace Set. Check out the many images of Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker figures out of the box in their robot and seeker alternate modes as well as compared with the Botcon and Henkei releases for the full shake-down on what the new new United editions bring to the collectors table. Check out the full review now at allspark.com.
The updates keep coming on the Shared Exclusive Minicon Three-Pack. BBTS has updated all their listings for the previously reported Shared Exclusives adding images to the pre-order pages we have our first looks at the figures and paint jobs on the Helicopter Re-Deco, Motorcycle Re-Deco and Fighter Jet Re-Deco figures. Again, these are repaints from the Classics line. Check out the images on the pre-order page at bigbadtoystore.com.
Follow on the previous report of new shared exclusive Minicon Dinobot 4 Pack. We have our first looks at the figures thanks to BBTS who have updated their listings with images of the figures. The figures are redecos of the Mini-con Dinobots released in the Classic series. Here we see the Dinobots repainted in homage colors to the G1 Dinobots. Check out the images and post your comments after the jump. You can order these figures now at BigBadToyStore.com.
Entertainment Earth have updated their web site with news of some new Transformers Speed Stars action figures. These guys have two alternate modes which means vehicles that have pop-out weapons! Based on the best Transformers from every generation! You've never seen Autobots and Decepticons like this!
Thanks to forums member Cronald17 who has posted a few images of the Transformers Device Label Broadblast (Blaster) action figure / USB hub that as picked up by Toshiba. Get a look at the Autobot in robot mode and in comparison with the Universe Blaster repaint of Soundwave after the jump.
As reported earlier today, the Walmart exclusive Masterpiece Skywarp is flowing into Walmarts across the nation. For those of you that have not had the fortune to find him, or for those on the fence about finding him, we have added a new database entry full of images and info. Click here to check it out now!
Wal-Mart has posted official images of their exclusive Transformers: Universe Ultra Hard Head, Skyfall, and G1 Powerglide figures on their website. According to a leaked Wal-Mart circular for the week of October 4th to the 10th, these figures will be available starting Sunday for $30 each.
Thanks to "nightwish," we have our first look at the bio of Transformers Universe Ultra Hardhead, the Onslaught redeco. The Wal-Mart exclusive is set for an October 2009 release.
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