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Niantic teams up with Hasbro to develop a Transformers AR game
by Chandrakant Isi
Niantic, the developer behind the smash-hit Augmented Reality (AR) game Pokemon GO is prepping to launch another high-profile title. Its latest project turns Hasbro's iconic Transformers franchise into a mobile AR experience.
For the upcoming AR game dubbed Transformers: Heavy Metal, Niantic has handed off development duties to a Seattle-based studio Very Very Spaceship. Niantic's Executive Producer, Phil Hong, revealed that the Transformers game will be based on the company's Lightship platform. He further stated that the game will allow you to "team up with the likes of Bumblebee and the Autobots in the real world".
As per the company, Lightship supports real-time mapping by combining neural networks with cell phone cameras. The platform can detect and interact with various objects, buildings, ground, and sky to deliver a convincing AR experience.
If we can erase five Michael Bay movies from our memory, Transformers is one of the most beloved franchises from the 80s. According to Niantic, fans won't have to wait for too long as the game is set for a soft launch in select countries soon. It will be followed by a global rollout later this year. Fans can head over to TransformersHeavyMetal.com and pre-register for the game.
Launched in 2016, Niantic's Pokemon GO was such a rage that robbers started using it to mug unsuspecting players. Many distracted people even got into serious accidents while catching virtual monsters. It will be interesting to see how the reception for Transformers: Heavy Metal will be.
Over in the Random Text Thread I posted a couple pics of my toy collection,and got requests for more. So I figured this forum was the right spot for it. There may be some other lines mixed in, but I'll keep it mostly Transformers. And of course any other collectors on here are welcome to share their pics.
Age of Extinction Leader Grimlock, and Masterpiece Grimlock
Movie Prime and Bumblebee
AOE Prime sparring with G1 Masterpiece Prime
By Damo R.
In a feature on the new Universal Studios ride, "Transformers: The Ride - 3D", Hero Complex have offered up an update on the fourth instalment in Michael Bay's explosive franchise. Apart from the mention of some redesigned robots, this may give us an idea of the direction the movie will go in. However, with reports that none of the original cast members will return, who knows where the director will take things with the sequel, especially if his plan is to set things up, "for the next guy."
It's worth remembering that this is pretty much exactly what Bay said said after the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and just look how that turned out. Bay has indicated that it will serve as a reboot of sorts, but if Paramount offer him enough, it seems likely that he will indeed choose to return. Only time will tell. The currently untitled fourth instalment is tentatively scheduled for a 2014 release.
Has no one on Neowin seen this yet?
Anyways... saw it tonight and boy, there's two and a half hours of my life I'm not getting back.
I'm not in the right frame of mind to post a full review but here's some comments, starting with the bad. Beware some of my comments might be construed as spoilers, but I'm not really giving anything away - if in fact there is anything to give away!
1. Lack of storyline. I don't get it. You'd think Mr Bay would have learnt from TF2, but it seems like he heard the critics and said 'screw you all, I'm doing it all over again'.
2. Long drawn out second half of the movie fight scene. You might be wondering what I mean by that. Well quite literally, the second half of the movie is one big fight scene. Then, when it gets to the climax (and the baddies lose of course), virtually nothing happens, the movie ends, and cuts to the credits. I think it's saying something when TF2 had a better end scene. I'm a massive Transformers fan and towards the end of the movie I was literally thinking to myself 'god when is this going to finish'. I felt so ashamed, but it's what I felt.
3. Cheesy acting/humour. I know, it's to be expected, but it doesn't do the movie any favours. Ms Huntington might be great to look at, but I think she is probably more annoying than Ms Fox.
On the other hand, there were some good aspects.
1. Some great individual action scenes. The CGI has really been stepped-up a notch, and this makes for some great action sequences with the Autobots. Loved the car chase on the freeway with Bumblebee, the F450 and Sideswipe.
2. Loved Optimus' new transformation mode. However I thought it was incredibly stupid how the leader of the Autobots could not untangle himself from some rope.
3. Thought the scene where the humans took down Shockwave was pretty awesome.
Overall, too many cringe-worthy moments ruined it for me, especially since I was quite hyped to see this. I actually liked TF1 and TF2 - both of which I bought on bluray. I think the only reason I'll buy this on bluray is to use it as a demo disc for my home theatre.