Part of what we loved most about the High Moon Studios entry into the Transformers world is that it was the original G1 canon most of us had fallen in love with during our childhood. Wanted to know what happened before Optimus and the crew made it to earth, you got the story finally from Transformers: War for Cybertron and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. But Activision has gone and done something that is not only unexpected but for some of the most hardcore of Transformers G1 fans… unwelcomed.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be a part of the G1 Universe but it will also be a part of the Michael Bay movieverse as well, with events taking place before Transformers Age of Extinction. That means that they are doing what could be the absolute worst offense when it comes to G1 territory by combining it with whatever Michael Bay is throwing at the wall this time.
A lot of people say I am too harsh when it comes to the Michael Bay films but after the first one, it just kept getting farther and farther away from the franchise I grew up on into a poorly put together film with sophomoric level comedy forced into it. In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, we got Grimlock and the rest of his dinobot compatriots but now that could all be washed away because of the new Michael Bayified Grimlock that we were introduced to during the Super Bowl trailer.
Details on how the two universes will interact are still incredibly vague but like the Transformers: War for Cybertron there will be faction based missions where players take on both sides of the battle. This time, there will be reportedly 40 characters to choose between during the game though it is likely that a good percentage will be the same character in each of the two worlds, especially the big guns like Optimus Prime and Megatron.
I wish I could reserve judgment on this one until I get some more information on it but I just can’t. Michael Bay, whether he had anything to do with it or even knows it is happening, has made his way into something I love and that scares the crap out of me that he is going to mess it up too.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be available on XBox One, XBox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Check out the announcement trailer and screens below. As always, stick to the Flickcast for more on Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark as it becomes available.