RuneScape Dev Working On Transformers MMO

RuneScape Dev Working On Transformers MMO

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The Autobots are getting ready to roll out in a new "action-packed" MMO.

Developer Jagex has hit on a fairly substantial gold mine with its free-to-play MMO RuneScape. Now, though, it sounds like the U.K.-based studio has an even more lucrative project in the works: a Transformers-based MMO.

The project was announced today by Jagex, revealing that the developer had worked out a deal with Hasbro to make the game. As a result, the MMO is expected to roll out to markets in North America, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, and Australia in 2012. Jagex's CEO Mark Gerard is promising that the game will be "dynamic and action-packed", but he hasn't revealed if the game will be free-to-play or if it'll follow traditional payment models. It's also unclear what version of the Robots In Disguise we'll get to play as (I'm holding out hope that we'll get to play in the Beast Wars universe).

Asia, it turns out, will be receiving its own MMO based on the iconic franchise, but it will be developed by Chinese studio NetDragon. That game's supposedly going to launch at some point later this year.

Source: Joystiq

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Is no one as excited as I am?

Please god let it be the Beast Wars universe, i loved the show and they were awesome.

Oh boy....

Poor Transformers.

If it's anything like Runescape, then this game is going to be an unmitigated grindfest.

there is definitely potential to be Game of the Year here, and potentially de-throne WoW. But it's gonna have to be perfect. Cause WFC was a really good game i thought. But sonsidering it's Runescape people, it will most likely fail hardcore and be a transformers version of WoW.

You must be level 20 to transform!

Wow. This is a huge suprise...

Well my childhood has been rape not twice by 2 bad films but not 3 and hard by a MMO. Why does every series seem to have to have an MMO made for them

RabbiiFrystofsk:
Please god let it be the Beast Wars universe, i loved the show and they were awesome.

One fault with that. the Beast Wars verse is set 10's of millions of years after the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons ended, the Maximals(decendents of the Autobots) and Predicons(decendents of the Decepticons) are largely at peace. With the obvious exception of a few rouge Preds. Not good enough to base a MMO out of.

Now if its set in G1 times during the original War on Cybertron(The conflict lasted many, many, years before to the events of High Moon's War for Cybertron game) Then thats a a treasure trove of MMO action.

OH SWEET JESUS NO. THIS IS THE PERFECT STORM OF OVERRATED BULLSHIT.

I really have no idea what to think of this...

Primus1985:

RabbiiFrystofsk:
Please god let it be the Beast Wars universe, i loved the show and they were awesome.

One fault with that. the Beast Wars verse is set 10's of millions of years after the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons ended, the Maximals(decendents of the Autobots) and Predicons(decendents of the Decepticons) are largely at peace. With the obvious exception of a few rouge Preds. Not good enough to base a MMO out of.

Now if its set in G1 times during the original War on Cybertron(The conflict lasted many, many, years before to the events of High Moon's War for Cybertron game) Then thats a a treasure trove of MMO action.

I liked the Rat.

Another cash-in mmo... wait- what's that? JAGEX is going to be developing it? JAGEX of all developers!?!

Well, that was unexpected. I just hope this doesn't interfere too badly with Runescape...

Beast Wars or not, I can't wait to see more of this. Come on, Dinobots!

Damnit, first The Old Republic, now this.

I'm going to end up paying for an MMO afterall, one way or another.

We already killed transformers, why don't we just piss on its dead body while were at it.

Nrrrrrrrrrrrgh, mixed feelings, my arch nemesis...

On one hand its going to put an end to all that fucking mechscape crap that been floating about on the RS forums scince 2001. It will alos see alot of post-release support if i still know Jagex.

On the other, Franchise Zombie.

Oh dear....

To this day I honestly don't have the foggiest idea how I was able to pump hundreds of hours into that grinding horridity that was RuneScape... If its anything like that.... *shiver*

Hereby I declare the recent influx of MMO's fucking retarded.

I had enough, it seems like every game company wants a MMO and invests vast amount of money into it, without knowing if it will ever stick with a large demographic. Sick and tired of seeing this, every game/franchise needing a MMORPG and hoping they hit a cashcow.

They have to realize people have usually enough time for one or two MMO's in total, not a gazillion.

Straying Bullet:
Hereby I declare the recent influx of MMO's fucking retarded.

I had enough, it seems like every game company wants a MMO and invests vast amount of money into it, without knowing if it will ever stick with a large demographic. Sick and tired of seeing this, every game/franchise needing a MMORPG and hoping they hit a cashcow.

They have to realize people have usually enough time for one or two MMO's in total, not a gazillion.

Too true.

Game developers need to invent time machines so that gamers can spend enough time on a gazillion MMOs. That way they'll make Bazillions.

TeeBs:
We already killed transformers, why don't we just piss on its dead body while were at it.

What do you mean by killed it? last time I checked transformers was still incredibly popular.

Blitzwing:

TeeBs:
We already killed transformers, why don't we just piss on its dead body while were at it.

What do you mean by killed it? last time I checked transformers was still incredibly popular.

Yeah, it's even got this new TV series that launched recently that's surprisingly entertaining. Perhaps you've heard of it? Look up Transformers Prime if you haven't.

Don't panic people. Maybe if we ignore it long enough it will go away.

I cringed as I read the title.

I don't know, Jagex is quite good at MMOs (despite what people say, Runescape is better than most of the crap out there)

car form = mount...

If it's free to play, I'll gladly try it out when it launches, this has potential. Runescape was really good for a free to play game, it's just the community that makes me stay away >_>

will i be farming with robots now? XD

I may love the original Transformers, but it sounds to me like yet another Champions online, just without the nonrobots. So i pass here.
Well some MMOs consist mostly of bots anyway.
da-dum-tsh

I got to love the prejudice Jagex receives just because it has one of the most solid indie free games on the net. Ever heard of Funorb? Runescape isn't the only game these guys are capable of working on, so if anything I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Do consider that Runescape, an original IP, thrived for over a decade. Where's Warhammer? Conan? Lord of the Rings?

 

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