While there have been plenty of Transformers games throughout the years, the latest game is a first-of-its-kind. Hasbro and Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms) today announced Transformers: Earth Wars, the first-ever real-time strategy game based on the beloved transforming toy franchise.
It’s a strategy resource management game, Earth Wars is basically Space Ape’s fantasy epic re-skinned with giant robots instead of cloth-clad villagers.
Your troops are Transformers. There are over 40 to collect in the game at launch, by spending crystals that beam them over from a far flung corner of the galaxy. They can then either patrol and defend your flourishing town, or hop in a ship and go to battle.
You’ll also need to build a space bridge to allow for further reinforcements to come down from Cybertron, the fictional Transformers home planet.
“The Transformers franchise is like no other,” Julian Farrior, CEO of publisher Backflip Studios said. “The story that has carried on through generations has drawn millions of fans who can’t wait for what’s next Working in conjunction with Hasbro, we’re bringing the Transformers franchise to life in one of the most popular game genres.”
Hasbro also recruited writer Simon Furman, who previously worked on a series of popular Transformers comics, to create the game’s story, which features both factions returning to Earth to resume their conflict and gather precious resources for their home planet, Cybertron, a similar origin as the ’80s animated series.
Hasbro also recruited the animated series’ original voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron — Peter Cullen and Frank Welker — to lend their voices to the game.
Earth Wars is due to launch this spring as a free game featuring in-app purchases. It will be released worldwide, with the exception of Japan and China.