It’s hard to keep a lid on secrets in the gaming industry, especially around E3 time. This year’s E3 was no different, with a lot of news and surprises leaking well before E3 week could officially begin. This was the case with the upcoming cel-shaded brawler from Platinum Games and Activision, Transformers: Devastation, which had a number of details leak before its planned E3 reveal.
Even though some details about the game leaked, including screenshots, its general direction, and the gameplay style, for the most part, Transformers: Devastation has remained a mystery, even after its official announcement. Now fans of the franchise can put the speculation to rest, as Platinum Games has released the very first gameplay trailer for Transformers: Devastation.
The trailer itself plays out like a love letter to fans of the original 80’s cartoon. The titular Transformers retain their original designs, ditching the jumbled mess of gears that make up Michael Bay’s robots, and the cel-shaded graphics really go a long way of retaining the spirit of the cartoon like no previous Transformers game.
The trailer includes looks at Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and more, with the iconic voices of Peter Cullen and Frank Welker returning, along with many other of the original voice actors, to help bring the game to life. The gameplay is as the leaked described, an action brawler, and while it does look a little simplistic with some drab environments, it still looks like good fun all the same.
The story appears to be a run of the mill Transformers plot, with the Autobots simply waging war against the Decepticons. However, instead of Megatron being the primary antagonist, it looks as though Devastator (which explains the title) will be filling that role. For those unfamiliar with Devastator, he is the result of construction-themed robots called the Constructicons combining together to create a more powerful being. Hopefully more concrete plot details arrive in the coming months.
In the meantime, there’s still many unknowns about Transformers: Devastation. It seems like a game ripe for multiplayer, and indeed, multiplayer has been a major focus for previous games such as Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, but for now, it appears to be a single player only experience.
Even though Platinum Games is mostly known for their original IP, such as Bayonetta and Vanquish, Transformers: Devastation isn’t the first time the company has worked with a license. In fact, Platinum Games made a game based on The Legend of Korra, and while it wasn’t their most well-received title, it does show that the company is at least comfortable with working with franchises other than their own.
Transformers: Devastation is due for release on October 6th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.