You know that when Dark Optimus Prime shows up, things just got real.
Tencent’s team brawler Transformers Online is adding the sinister version of the Autobots’ commander with its new round of closed beta testing. The next CBT is scheduled for May 18th in China and will not reset players’ progress in the game.
With Transformers Online’s limited multiplayer focus and its current status as a Chinese-only title, is it worth getting excited over it? Well, it’s still giant transforming robots beating the crap out of each other free from the hack thumb of Michael Bay, so we’re going to say “maybe!”
Check out the new closed beta trailer below!
In a perfect world, we’d already be playing a true Transformers MMORPG and enjoying every minute of customizable robots, on-the-go transformations, and roleplaying as slow-witted mechanical dinosaurs. Alas, our faulty world has yet to cough up such a game, and so we’re left looking from afar at China’s Transformers Online, which as MMO Culture notes, is really just a team shooter like Overwatch, only with much less personality.
Still, if you’re curious how the game functions, you can check out the following videos smuggled out from Transformers Online’s closed beta test 3. Players can choose several match modes to experience, including capture the flag, team deathmatch, and escort the payload. Because if there’s one thing that all gamers love, it’s escorting things!
Do you lie awake at night and think that what would really compete with Overwatch is a team-based shooter based on Transformers? Apparently, the brain trust at Tencent thought exactly that. Transformers Online has just been announced as an upcoming title in China, albeit with no hard release date. You can check out the teaser trailer as well as some hand-captured demo reel footage below.
The game is listed simply as an FPS by Tencent, although all of the demo footage appears to be third-person. No word on any other online frills or any sort of western localizations thus far; fans will also note that it seems to have some odd blending of styles and sizes going on, with Optimus Prime using his film design while Swindle shows up in a more G1/Animated design and Megatron looks like his War for Cybertron counterpart. You can take a look at what exists thus far below and draw your own conclusions.