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We’re finally getting the 1980s-style Transformers game we always wanted

Finally, a Transformers game made in the 1980s cartoon universe.


Dennis Scimeca

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 10, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 9:28 am CDT

The original Optimus Prime and Megatron that a generation of now grown-up geeks fell in love with are finally getting their own video game.

Transformers: Devastation is a brawler that draws its characters and their depictions from the G1 universe—the original animated series and comic books that were released concurrently with the very first generation of Transformers toys. For Gen-X Transformers fans, the G1 universe is the original, authentic universe, and it’s been sorely underrepresented in the video game world.

There are several Transformers video games that take place in the universe of the Michael Bay movies, and the cartoon series Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Animated, and Transformers: Prime. War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, are generally accepted as the best Transformers video games to date, were set in a version of the Transformers universe that drew off the spirit of the IDW comic book series, which was a reboot of the entire Transformers mythology.

Judging from the trailer, Transformers: Devastation is straight-up G1, and Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the first actors to depict Optimus Prime and Megatron, are reprising their roles.

Transformers: Devastation is being developed by Platinum Games, the Japanese studio that created the Bayonetta series, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, and is currently developing Star Fox Zero for the Wii U. It will be released later this year for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Screengrab via TransformersGame/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 10, 2015, 7:09 pm CDT