After releasing teaser trailers over the past months, developer Jagex has finally dropped some details on their latest browser-based, F2P MMO, Tranformers Universe. In the interview Eurogamer, Executive Producer Kris Jones also said of the beta: “It’s very soon. It’s not going to be far away. We’re launching this in 2012, so it goes without saying that the beta will be soon.”
It appears that the game will feature a class system, represented by the alt (vehicle) forms the available bots can transform into. On this, Jones said:
“Some people want to be tanks, some people want to be motorbikes, some people want to be sports cars, some people want to be an SUV. It’s very much down to the person. “It’s very easy to say, ‘Oh I want to be a Jet,’ but I think you’ll end up with a wide variety of what people will want to be.” “If you pick one class you’re not going to get stuck with one vehicle. And that’s something we plan on building up over years.”
It was also stated that the bot characters are very customizable, which Jagex hopes will eventually have hundreds parts for players to tweak.
Story-wise, the game will have its own independent storyline, without continuity from either the cartoons or the films. Though the developers have taken inspiration from the ongoing CG animated series Transformers Prime.
“We’ve taken some assets; we’ve been in touch with the studios and we’ve taken from that, but we are our own game – that’s the bit that needs to be made clear. We’re not making a game based on any existing continuity.”, says Kris Jones.
“We don’t want to pigeon-hole ourselves to just the toys, or just [Generation 1 1984-1993], or just Prime, or just the movies. We’ve been very clear that we want to take from all over the universe. That’s why it’s called Universe.”
You can check out the full interview at Eurogamer.
Source: PC Gamer