Transformers MMO on the way from Jagex

Transformers fans will be pleased to hear that Cambridge, UK based developers, Jagex Limited have signed a deal with Hasbro to jointly create a new online multiplayer game based on the popular franchise.

Jagex is one of the biggest indie game developers and publishers in the world and their top MMOG, RuneScape, has gone on to become the worlds most popular free-to-play online title.

According to the press release on the Jagex website, Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro said, “Hasbro's decision to align with Jagex speaks to the quality of their award-winning development and publishing team that boasts an outstanding track record of delivering innovative and fun online games capable of reaching millions of gamers across the globe.”

Mark was also highly praising of Jagex, stating that the game will be in very good hands. "We are extremely excited to create a dream team that combines TRANSFORMERS brand stewards with Jagex development experts to deliver an epic TRANSFORMERS gaming experience to fans in 2012."

Transformers as a brand has produced not just popular TV shows and toys, but also a trilogy of high grossing movies. It has also had its fair share of games released in the past with mixed results. The last effort came in the form of Transformers: Battle for Cybertron, developed by High Moon Studios and released June 2010. The game was well received both in the press and by the public and will spawn a sequel due out sometime next year.

There is no news as to what formats the Jagex version of Transformers will be released on as of yet.

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I don't see what's wrong with RuneScape. I really don't. There is nothing wrong with it. I've played it for three or four years now and it's a lot of fun. It gets boring at times and when that time comes I usually take a break for a few months then get back into it.

Chaltalian said,
I don't see what's wrong with RuneScape. I really don't. There is nothing wrong with it. I've played it for three or four years now and it's a lot of fun. It gets boring at times and when that time comes I usually take a break for a few months then get back into it.

I reinstated my membership a month ago because I started spending more time with friends who play it. The game gets a lot more interesting when you have people to do stuff with, for those inevitable times where you get bored and don't really know what to do.

aaah thats something new. runescape-like transformer game. is it going to be like some 2D tibia graphic interface;.. ha still be interesting. personally i hate runescapes interface...makes me wanna light myself on fire everytime i watch my brother play ;p

Byron_Hinson said,

Jagex have a good background, heck they even offered me a job once and I turned it down - god darn it!

"Good background" = Runescape and some unheard of titles? What's your definition of a bad background?

Caleo said,

"Good background" = Runescape and some unheard of titles? What's your definition of a bad background?


NCSoft...

Caleo said,

"Good background" = Runescape and some unheard of titles? What's your definition of a bad background?

You may have only heard of Runescape but their others are popular and damn good titles. Don't expect Transformers to be like other MMO's, hopefully they go for a similar isomeric style. Whats your idea of a good background?

Gabe3 said,

chances are it will suck, but it could be done well

Not with Jagex programming it, if they made Runescape I think they could do well with almost anything. Also +1 to what Byron said above this post.

Jaybonaut said,

What the hell - City of Heroes is an excellent MMO, are you kidding?

Damn right it is. Been on and off CoH/CoV/GR for about 6 years now

Jaybonaut said,

What the hell - City of Heroes is an excellent MMO, are you kidding?

right, it's animations are stiffer than the robots at Toyota's factory, the effects and graphics are crap. the gameplay is simpler than meridian59 (effectively the first real MMO) the only good thing about it is the character customization and even that isn't very good. it follows the same shake and bake formula as every NCsoft Lineage clone game. with no graphical variety or gameplay variety, the few times they have tried to make something different it failed terribly and the games where shut down in record time.

HawkMan said,

right, it's animations are stiffer than the robots at Toyota's factory, the effects and graphics are crap. the gameplay is simpler than meridian59 (effectively the first real MMO) the only good thing about it is the character customization and even that isn't very good. it follows the same shake and bake formula as every NCsoft Lineage clone game. with no graphical variety or gameplay variety, the few times they have tried to make something different it failed terribly and the games where shut down in record time.

Couldn't agree more. I made the mistake of buying CoH back in the day it first opened... and it was bad then. When I looked at it about 4-5 months ago, I saw that effectively nothing had changed. I mean I can understand gameplay remaining about the same, but damn... graphics haven't been touched? Even WoW got a decent GFX overhaul, never mind the fact that they're still the biggest P2P MMO, but an underdog like CoH/CoV not doing anything to update theirs in hopes of drawing more people in due to better graphics? And don't even get me started on their so-called expansion packs.

Caleo said,

"Good background" = Runescape and some unheard of titles? What's your definition of a bad background?


If it makes money and keeps it self alive for how many years now? I think thats good enough... Better than just pushing out titles every weekend and having an archive of 1,000+ games IMO

No matter what you think its hard to pass RuneScape as being a "failue" or a "One hit wonder"
I think people are still playing the original Runscape to this day... So i beleive its won the longest MMO in the books for me

HawkMan said,

NCSoft...

Oooooh, now I just can't let this one rest.

NCSoft is without a doubt one of the best developers for MMO's out there. I've played Lineage I & II and had lots of fun with both. But even so, neither stands up to AION. It's new, so there's a few things left to work out, but it looks amazing, handles great, and integrates the flight system really well (if not often enough IMO).

The only thing that keeps me from playing NCSoft's MMOs is the subscription price. I'm not spending $15 a month to play an online game when I have my xbox and, yes, Runescape.