Next Transformers Video Game Features Heavily-Armed Cars

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We got a blink-and-you'd-miss-it teaser trailer for this summer's next Transformers video game today at a Hasbro toy showcase in New York City. That little bit promises a Transformers game from a good development team, a team that's sprinkling in a dash of car combat.

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The new game is from High Moon Studios, creators of last year's well-received Transformers: War For Cybertron. That game took place in its own version of the Transformers universe. Dark of the Moon, however, will tell a story that leads into this July's third Michael Bay-helmed Transformers movie, also subtitled Dark of the Moon. The game trailer showed Bumblebee, that famous yellow Autobot, driving out of the back of an airborne cargo plane, turning into a robot as he plummeted to Earth and then transforming into a car armed with guns as he hit the ground. An Optimus Prime voice-over boasted that Transformers can have many modes, suggesting that we'll be playing Transformers who can do more than simply turn from vehicle to robot.

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A High Moon developer later confirmed to me that players will be controlling Transformers across three modes: robot, vehicle and armed vehicle. Imagine, for that last category, a sports car armed with a half-dozen machine guns and cannons.

The creators of the game are keeping details scarce for now. All I was told is that the new game will is being built on an improved version of the graphics tech used in the previous game (which was made with Unreal Engine 3, the tech behind Gears of War). Instead of War For Cybetron's distinct Autobot and Decepticon campaigns, players will go through a single campaign, but will be put in control of Autobots and Decepticons. (No humans; you'll only play as robots.)

There will be online multiplayer of some sort for High Moon's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Other developers are creating Wii, DS and 3DS versions of the game.

The movie-based Transformers games haven't been very good. High Moon's non-movie take in 2010 was seen as a welcome improvement in quality. With the new game, the developers will show whether their skills transfer to the movie Transformer universe. The new movie will be out in July. The game is slated simply for summer, possibly before or after — publisher Activision isn't saying just yet.

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PIC from IGN's preview of Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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History of Transformers fan reaction.

After Revenge of The Fallen:

"Fuck that whoremother shithead Bay for ruining Transformers. Let's gut him and choke him with his intestines."

After Animated aired:

"Fucking pedos making Transformers into Teen Titans bullshit. Let's shoot the childfuckers in the head."

Earlier that decade:

"Screw you freaks Japanese for making the retarded Unicron trilogy anime. I want to take a knife and cut your OTHER fucking slanty eyes to the right shape."

A few years earlier:

"Screw you freaks Japanese for making the retarded Robots in Disguise anime. I want to take a knife and cut your fucking slanty eyes to the right shape."

After Beast Machines:

"Stupid fuckshit making cool Beast Wars characters into fucking hippies. Let's gank the creators in a dark alley."

After Bast Wars:

"What is this shitty retarded animal CGI fuckcrap? Where are the trucks, why is there a monkey? Let's go to their office and smash their devil machine 'kompooters'!"

In 1986:

"Fuck youuuuuuuuuuu, you killed Optimus Prime!!!!!!!!!! Then you kill everybody else and replaced them with fucking shitty robots! I will kill you and rape all your children, people who make this peace of shit movie!"

Everybody else, including most of the fans, through all this:

"I wonder how cool the toys will be."