As far back as February, strong rumors were circulating concerning the termination of Verizon's go90 streaming service, brought to popular attention in the Transformers fan community with their exclusive distribution in the United States for the Machinima-produced Prime Wars Trilogy web-cartoons. According to a story by The Hollywood Reporter today, shutdown of the streaming platform is now confirmed. As of July 30, Verizon will cease support for the service as development priorities shift to different content-development divisions within the corporation. What impact might this have on Transformers?
It's our opinion that this is unlikely to have any meaningful consequence to the brand or its media future. The termination date for go90 apparently comes soon enough that some shows designed for the service will have only barely debuted by the time the lights are turned off, but the final entry in the Prime Wars Trilogy series, Power of The Primes will have concluded its run well in advance of that.
While we are not privy to the particulars of the deal worked out between Hasbro, Machinima, and Verizon for distribution of the shows on the streaming platform, given that this most recent web-series has been simultaneously available via tumblr for international audiences, we feel confident that any future projects of a similar nature will not want for a viable platform to distribute through. It's also possible that Oath, the initiative that seems to be effectively taking the place of the go90 project as Verizon's media development arm, might be viable as a host to future projects.
However, at the current time we have no indication whether the partnership with Machinima that resulted in the Prime Wars Trilogy will be carried forward for the next iteration of Generations, or whether such supporting media is something currently on the radar. San Diego Comic Con may have more to offer in those areas, but ultimately we'll just have to wait and see.
The real question may simply be how will the existing web cartoons be made available to audiences following go90's shutdown? Combiner Wars was available as a special feature on the Target exclusive release of The Last Knight, but so far there's no sign of home media releases for Titans Return or Power of The Primes. We might hope that they'll all eventually find their way to Machinima's Youtube channel, but anything of the sort is mere speculation right now.
With a shred of luck, we'll get these shows ON-Demand or something more accessible via regular cable channels.
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