We first heard news regarding the upcoming Transformers Universe MMO back in March this year, when Jagex Games Studio — UK-based developer of online games — and toy manufacturer Hasbro announced that they were joining forces in order to release the much-anticipated game. Now we’ve received word that beta testing is due to begin ‘very soon.’
As Robert Purchese from eurogamer.net reports, Kris Jones — the game’s executive producer — recently stated that beta testing definitely isn’t going to be too far away, considering the Transformers Universe game is due to be released in 2012. There is a team of 55 people currently working on the game, but that number will eventually increase to 70 Kris said.
Jones also confirmed that the Transformers Universe game will be taking a few nods – both thematically and visually — from the recent cartoon series, Transformers: Prime — The Animated Series. However, Kris wanted to make it perfectly clear that although they’ve taken a few aspects of the cartoon series, Transformers Universe is its own game.
One aspect of the license that the Transformers Universe game will definitely be embracing is the ability to transform into a vehicle. Not only will vehicles be an integral part of combat, they’ll also be used as a transportation aid. Jones said that the developer is currently working on what vehicles they want to offer in the game, although they can’t give a number at this stage.
Fans might also be pleased to know that robot characters will be heavily customizable in the Transformers Universe game. According to Jones, ‘having hundreds of parts to tweak is a definite target for them.’ Although Jones wouldn’t comment on whether the game would feature a level-based progression system, he did confirm that players would definitely progress.
He also revealed that combat would be team focused, and will be based on classes working together. Not only will the Transformers Universe game be aimed at newcomers, but also at people that grew up with the Transformers characters in the 1980s. We’ve embedded a trailer below this post so you can check the game out for yourself.
Are you looking forward to joining the upcoming Transformers Universe beta testing?