What you need to know
- During an interview with the Transformers fan website, Transformers World 2005 (TFW2005), Hasbro stated a desire to re-release a collection of Transformers games published by Activision on Xbox consoles and Xbox Game Pass.
- These games include movie tie-in games for the live-action Transformers movies, High Moon Studio’s War for Cybertron & Fall of Cybertron, and Platinum Games’ Transformers Devastation.
- Transformers is a long-running multimedia series depicting the ongoing war between the heroic Autobots fighting to save the universe from the evil Decepticons.
On July 28, 2023 at San Diego Comic Con, Transformers fan website, Transformers World 2005 (aka TFW2005) conducted an interview (via HazzadorGamin) with Hasbro, the company that created the Transformers franchise. Among the various topics discussed, such as live-action movies and new upcoming Transformers toys, a big highlight was that Hasbro wants to re-release several Transformers video games published by Activision for modern Xbox consoles via Xbox backwards compatibility on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
However, Hasbro mentioned that the prospect of that realistically happening would be difficult due to the games themselves being misplaced in Activision’s archives. Here’s the full quote of what Hasbro had to say about re-releasing Transformers games on Xbox.
The list of Transformers released by Activision includes Transformers: War for Cybertron, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, Transformers: Devastation, Transformers: The Game, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.
Now that Microsoft has won its court battle against the FTC to buy Activision Blizzard, it’s very likely that Activision will go back and comb through its archives to restore these Transformers games and re-release them on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Game Pass if you manage to find them.
Analysis: A revival of Transformers games?
While most of these games were standard movie tie-ins, a few of these games surprisingly stood out from the crowd. War of Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron (developed by High Moon Studios) received critical and fan praise for their surprisingly deep third-person shooter gameplay, rough but faithful interpretations of the Transformers origin story, and even featured working multiplayer systems.
Transformers: Devastation (developed by Platinum Games) also received a very positive reception. It was a bombastic brawl that let players control the classic “G1” versions of iconic Transformer characters like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Grimlock and beat up Deceptions using a deep combat system reminiscent of Platinum Games’ other works like Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising.
If these Transformers games manage to be re-released on modern Xbox consoles and join the huge library of Xbox Game Pass titles, it would be a happy day for Transformers fans and Xbox fans alike.