Pokemon Go creator Niantic to launch 'Transformers game unlike any other'! Bumblebee to Decepticons, know it all here

Magic time! Pokemon Go creator Niantic says Transformers: Heavy Metal game will deliver full-on excitement and thrills as gamers, Autobots, Decepticons battle it out for supremacy.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 18:02 IST
Transformers: Heavy Metal will release globally later this year.
Transformers: Heavy Metal will release globally later this year. (Niantic)
Transformers: Heavy Metal will release globally later this year.
Transformers: Heavy Metal will release globally later this year. (Niantic)

Love to play Pokemon? If that is the case, then you would surely like to know that the magic of Pokemon is likely to filter into another exciting thrill-a-second game soon. It has been revealed that the creator of Pokemon Go, which is Niantic, is now working on a new Transformers AR game! Niantic and developer Very Very Spaceship have announced the game Transformers: Heavy Metal that's planned to be released globally later in 2021. Niantic has also planned a soft launch in select countries soon. It will even boast a Pokemon Go like environment.

Transformers: Heavy Metal game will follow the original storyline where the Autobots battle it out with the Decepticons, according to The Verge. In Transformers: Heavy Metal, players will team up with the Autobots by joining a group called the Guardian Network, and challenge the Decepticons. Players will also uncover hidden regions across the world to find resources that will help them battle the Decepticons in turn-based battles which can be solo or with friends.

“This will be a Transformers game unlike any other, an AR game where you'll get to team up with the likes of Bumblebee and the Autobots in the real world, powered by the Niantic Lightship platform,” Niantic explained in a blog.

Transformers: Heavy Metal gameplay screenshot
Transformers: Heavy Metal gameplay screenshot (Niantic via The Verge)
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Transformers: Heavy Metal gameplay screenshot (Niantic via The Verge)

Niantic also shared screenshots of Transformers: Heavy Metal game where we can see Autobots like Bumblebee go up against Decepticons like Skywarp. There are also different cards for actions like jabs that the players can choose during their battles. Transformers: Heavy Metal will be like other Niantic AR games as it is based on the company's Lightship platform. This software enables AR apps to use real-time 3D mapping and also multiplayer social experiences. The screenshots also show a Pokemon Go like environment in what looks like a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.

Niantic hasn't revealed which countries will get the beta version of the game first but a global launch is confirmed for later this year. The company has a dedicated website for Transformers: Heavy Metal where interested people can submit their email addresses to get updates on the game. Alternatively, one can follow the game's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages to get the latest updates.

Niantic is working on more AR games including a Pikmin app that will be based on the puzzle-solving series by Nintendo. This is the first project from Niantic and Nintendo's long-term deal to develop AR apps. Pikmin is also slated to release later this year.

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First Published Date: 15 Jun, 10:13 IST