Autobots, roll out! Niantic is teaming up with Hasbro to create a brand new Pokémon Go-style AR sport referred to as Transformers: Heavy Metallic. The map-heavy sport will probably be geolocation-centric, and is predicted to launch in late 2021, although some international locations could quickly get a gentle launch choice.
The 2 corporations are additionally collaborating with TOMY and Seattle-based sport group Very Very Spaceship to provide the sport. To date, not one of the corporations have launched a ton of particulars in regards to the sport, however you may go forward and join updates on the sport’s pre-registration web page right here.
Phil Hong, Niantic Government Producer, said, “In serious about franchises that will be unbelievable to convey to life in AR, Transformers was a no brainer. This will probably be a Transformers sport in contrast to some other, an AR sport the place you’ll get to group up with the likes of Bumblebee and the Autobots in the actual world, powered by the Niantic Lightship platform.”
— TRANSFORMERS: Heavy Metallic (@TFHeavyMetal) June 14, 2021
Niantic’s Lightship platform is similar engine powering Pokémon Go, Harry Potter Wizards Unite, and the still-being-developed CATAN: World Explorers. The sport seems to mix the familiarity of earlier Niantic properties with a enjoyable contact of nostalgia for these sufficiently old to recollect watching the Transformers cartoons within the mid Eighties (or Michael Bay’s remedy of the films extra lately).
A phased rollout appears to be Niantic’s M.O., as seen by Pokémon Go‘s Japan-first launch and Catan‘s quiet New Zealand-first launch final 12 months. Make sure you hold a watch out for a attainable gentle launch of Transformers: Heavy Metallic in “choose markets” quickly, together with its world launch later this 12 months.