Transformers: Devastation is a Transformers game whose time has come, mainly because it brings the franchise back to what made it so great in the first place: the larger-than-life, bold, colorful characters of G1 and their personalities. Sure, the fact that it comes to us from PlatinumGames, one of the leaders in hyper-stylized third-person combat certainly helps. Over the weeks since its announcement at E3, details have been slow to trickle out, and we’ve been consuming these details silently, with anticipation for what comes next while we patiently await the opportunity to grab a controller and take command of our favorite Autobots as we wage our battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.
In the meantime, we’ve had the pleasure to chat with Game Director Kenji Saito at PlatinumGames Inc. and Lead Producer Robert Conkey at Activision, who both graciously took the time to answer our questions about the game. Here’s our interview!
G1 Transformers fans have a few weeks left till they can get their hands on Transformers: Devastation. In prep for this, we’ve been treated to a new trailer showing off the playable Autobots and their over-the-top fighting styles! Interestingly enough, we see multiples of the same Insecticon (Kickback), which could help explain why the Insecticons seem to still be around after being converted to Swoops in The Transformers: The Movie.
G1 Transformers fans have a lot of reasons to celebrate this week thanks to some great announcements coming out of SDCC including the news a Transformers: Combiner Wars series from Machinima aimed at an older audience as well as a new trailer for PlatinumGames Inc.’s Transformers: Devastation.
This time we’re treated to a lot more gameplay action and can see how the combat will involve both melee attacks and heavy transformation attacks. Among the transformers we see in action are Autobots Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Sideswipe. We get to hear Frank Welker as Megatron, and see Shockwave, some seekers, and a bunch of other Decepticons causing trouble.
For people of a certain age, there is no cooler toy/cartoon franchise than the 1980s take on The Transformers. It was the world’s introduction to the robots in disguise and featured instantly recognizable brightly-colored larger-than-life characters with personalities almost as huge as their robot forms. Within the last decade there have been a number of new series that fall under the brand’s umbrella, including the laughably terrible but exceptionally profitable series of “films” by Michael Bay – films that all but stripped away the character and color from one of the most beloved cartoons ever.
Despite the popularity of the theatrical releases Hasbro has, to their credit and thanks to die-hard fans, kept the G1 spirit alive here and there, notably with the recent release of the Combiner Wars toy line, the ongoing Masterpiece toy line, and sporadic G1 toy reissues. Now G1 fans have another reason to be excited: Transformers: Devastation is about to crash land on consoles. Just take a look at that above screenshot (and the gallery below). It looks better than the cartoon ever did.