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New Rise of the Dark Spark Preview from Game Informer

Posted on 04-17-2014 at 03:04 PM by Secretcode under Video Games
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If you are like me and somehow have a subscription to Game Informer, you might have received the newest issue in the mail! While the cover may be for Epic Games' Fortnite, taking a peak inside to say... Page 71 in the previews section will show you the newest preview of the latest Transformers video game.

To begin, we are given some of the first vague details about WayForward's Nintendo 3DS version of Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. The game, as previously announced, is a grid-based tactical RPG (Think Advance Wars, or even Super Robot Wars) featuring over 50 Transformers characters. Game producer Andy Owen has stated that "Players will plot their next move on detailed strategic maps, and then engage in epic one-on-one 3D Battle sequences." A screenshot of the 3DS version has also been shown, and attached to this story.

The console and PC version of Rise of the Dark Spark has some new details as well. First, the two worlds (Movieverse and WFCverse) are connected by an ancient relic known as The Dark Spark. This relic acts as a portal between the two universes and is capable "Bending the fabric of the universe to (the wielder's) will." It has now been confirmed that the Movieverse portion of the game will take place during and after Age of Extinction, whereas the WFC/FOC portion will take place BEFORE the launch of the Ark in Fall of Cybertron. The gameplay is very similar to Fall of Cybertron, in that the story is focused on a single character and will bounce back and forth between over 40 playable characters.

Not everything is familiar, however! Edge of Reality is trying their best to help innovate and improve upon High Moon Studio's last three games. One of these new features is a Unified Leveling System where experience and unlocks are universal between Campaign and the returning Escalation mode and will feature new items, characters, weapons and upgrades. Secondly, "Power Foes" have been added to Escalation, where if your team lasts long enough, boss characters will appear (Such as Fall of Cybertron Megatron.)

Lastly, one other feature has been added called Hacks. Anyone who is familiar with the Halo series of games should feel right at home with this new feature, as these Hacks modify the gameplay by adding in additional variables to Escalation such as higher enemy health, or every robot becoming a massive explosion upon death. Sadly, there seems to be no analogue to the Grunt Birthday Party skull from Halo 3. Sorry Mechafire.

At this time there are no details on if the standard competitive Multiplayer (Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, etc) modes will be returning in the upcoming game.
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LegendAntihero
Cool, I'm looking forward to this month's GI
Niv3k
Aww I kinda wanted to know what happends after FoC, but this plays before FoC.
Omegashark18
A prequel!? So much for that. I was really hoping for an FOC sequel.
Gryph
The fact that it's Wayforward, I wouldn't be surprised if Super Robot Wars was an inspiration.

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Aww I kinda wanted to know what happends after FoC, but this plays before FoC.
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Originally Posted by Omegashark18 View Post
A prequel!? So much for that. I was really hoping for an FOC sequel.
Why would you want it to be a FoC sequel? None of them are being made by High Moon Studios.
SideswipePrime
So it is a crossover. I'm happy about that. I hope one day we get a crossover game of just everything.
Omegashark18
But I am starting to feel good about this. But I don't think I'm going to able to play escalation.
General Magnus
At least this is will solve the issue of which side is stronger, G1 themed bots or bayverse ones.
bman29
I'm still iffy on this game, I'll most likely pick it up. I just wish they had gone back to the online co-op campaign like War of Cybertron had instead of following one character through a level. I like the unified leveling like in Gears 3.
Novaburnhilde
Awesome info.

Really looking forward to this game.
Grimlockimus
So over 40 playable characters then? Considering they will no doubt count the different multiverse versions of characters as separate characters our roster is already at 16 characters at this point.

Still the game sounds interesting enough, definitely sounding better than the DOTM game, we're getting escalation in this and the big news that I'm really happy to hear about, the escalation boss additions. You and your three team mates getting cocky as you breeze through the waves and then suddenly BAM, Megatron or maybe even Bruticus comes in and really tests your metal
Powerglide1991
Well holy fuck this sounds amazing...

And i knew it wouldn't be a sequel, i knew Hasbro and Activision wouldn't be that stupid. And it's nice to know that its the "Dark Spark" that is doing this, that means it technically is a spin off game and not cannon to either AoE or the Cybertron games.

The rest sounds Glorious, Boss encounters in Escalation, Hacks, and 40 PLAYABLE CHARACTERS.

Multiplayer customization should be hilarious...xD
Shizuka
This game is basically Escalation and I really don't mind this at all. I haven't played a decent Escalation match since War for Cybertron probably back in 2011. 3 years...

I was reading the description; 40 characters, new weapons, boss characters, modifiers, plus defences!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3eEDDjtQxA
thewiredknight
This is the first info that has given me some faith in the title. Though honestly now I'm mor elooking forward to the 3DS title since I love turn based strategy games and always felt someone could do more with the idea that was on that one transformers mobile strategy title from 6 odd years ago.
Burnout00012
Wow, this might be the first time I'm interested in a game with the WFC designs! Count me in!
Tekkaman Blade
I was hoping the 3DS game would be more along of the NDS War for Cybertron Game, I loved that game and was hoping for a similar one with better graphics.
Niv3k
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Originally Posted by Gryph View Post
The fact that it's Wayforward, I wouldn't be surprised if Super Robot Wars was an inspiration.





Why would you want it to be a FoC sequel? None of them are being made by High Moon Studios.
Because I really want to know how the story continues. With or without High Moon Studios.
Fox13
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So over 40 playable characters then? Considering they will no doubt count the different multiverse versions of characters as separate characters our roster is already at 16 characters at this point.
It's a sequel to AOE with AOE characters. The only doubles should be Optimus, Bumblebee and possibly Grimlock.
Autovolt 127
Oh wow so it's both a prequel and sequel to AOE and it takes place inbetween WFC and FOC.

Wow.

I'm not going to lie but that's pretty interesting, I'm actually now interested in this.
The Ramjet
Full roster character select for Escalation please, no more choosing from a specific little team for each map, that sucked.

And no set amount of rounds either please, just let us play til we die.

Ugh, FOC's Escalation was such a let down.
Ryan101
This actually sounds quite interesting! I'm pleased to hear that it isn't a sequel to FOC, and that this isn't a complete reskin of the characters.
Captain
I'm excited for it. I don't mind either side. I'm hoping for a very familiar FOC game not a movie game per say
DJCHARTERS
Since it's Activision I wonder if any of the G1 themed skins from ROTF will be on there. Like the G1 Starscream/Sunstorm, Megatron Etc?
tonyformer
What interests me is IF this Dark Spark turns out to have the same powers IF it shows up in the actual movies. If so, could this be a way to go back in time to save Cybertron? Or even bring characters back that have already died?
Powerglide1991
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Originally Posted by Fox13 View Post
It's a sequel to AOE with AOE characters. The only doubles should be Optimus, Bumblebee and possibly Grimlock.
Depends if they reuse some DOTM models, in which case we will get Sideswipe and possibly Ratchet. Even if it's just for multiplayer.

If this is meant to happen during AoE as well as after, expect them 2 to show up somehow.
bumblebee22
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Originally Posted by tonyformer View Post
What interests me is IF this Dark Spark turns out to have the same powers IF it shows up in the actual movies. If so, could this be a way to go back in time to save Cybertron? Or even bring characters back that have already died?
Good point
Now if this game also takes place during AOE could that mean during the movie a space portal or something may be opened.
Bumblebee765
The 3DS version isn't looking too good... Guess there will never be a handheld TransFormers game as good as War for Cybertron. I'll still be getting it though, since it looks to be fun all the same, just not what I was hoping for...
grimlock1972
color me interested in the 3ds version
Tekkaman Blade
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Originally Posted by Gryph View Post
The fact that it's Wayforward, I wouldn't be surprised if Super Robot Wars was an inspiration.

Now that is a game I'd love to see Transformers in. I've wanted TF's in SRW for years.
caldo15
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Heard some new game details too, the WFC/FOC character levels will be flashbacks to the war. So maybe we will see what happened between optimus and Megatron
Looks like my source was correct!!!!!
caldo15
Anyway, this is still a sequel to FOC, we will find out what happened to them at the end of FOC. The only thing I'm bothered about is using a single character per mission, does that mean the campaign is like FOC and there's no Co-op???
spikebuster
Again i'm gonna need solid confirmation that the playable characters can transform FREELY in the 3DS game before i buy it.
Croodle
Looks like the big console versions will have multiplayer similar to Gundam vs Gundam what with all those characters to choose from.

Even if this isn't the case, I'm real glad that it is a true crossover and not 2 games in 1.
MV95
Crap. Since this takes place during and after the movie I'm gonna have to wait until I see the movie to play it....
Crainy
This sounds fucking awesome. Rise of the Dark Spark offically has the potential now to become the best Transformers multiplayer experience of all time - maybe even better than Revenge of the Fallen. Using everything High Moon has done so far and adding more to it - thats the way to go.
Opticron Primal
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Anyway, this is still a sequel to FOC, we will find out what happened to them at the end of FOC.
Nnnno, the article says this takes place between WfC and FoC when Cybertron was still inhabited. It's not the next part in that series, it's a side-story.
caldo15
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Originally Posted by Opticron Primal View Post
Nnnno, the article says this takes place between WfC and FoC when Cybertron was still inhabited. It's not the next part in that series, it's a side-story.
Yes the gameplay on Cybertron are flashbacks, but we will find out what happened after FOC on the earth missions
ComfyDeathshot
I hope the competitive multiplayer returns.
Opticron Primal
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Yes the gameplay on Cybertron are flashbacks, but we will find out what happened after FOC on the earth missions
The FoC side of things being flashbacks or the characters on that side even going to Earth at any point after FoC's events aren't even confirmed. If the FoC characters end up fighting on Earth, it'll most likely be due to their connection to the AoE universe and characters passing from one to another.
ChibiGingi
Honestly, I think it depends on who the playable characters will be before I decide if I'm going to buy or rent this game in the future. 40 does seem like a great amount, but how many of those characters are going to just be the same character = just different universe/time?

Once I see the list of characters, I'll decide if I'll get it or not.
Blurrz
Time to 1000 this game too
Bob 121
Does this mean that the Escalation mode goes on until you die? I fucking hate wave based survival where there isn't an option to keep it going forever.

FOC ruined Escalation, it was a joke.
gamerdude627
Should get this Game Informer soon.
gamerdude627
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Time to 1000 this game too
Yup.
RazorclawX
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Originally Posted by Gryph View Post
The fact that it's Wayforward, I wouldn't be surprised if Super Robot Wars was an inspiration.
If it plays anything like SRW they're sitting on a gold mine.
Josh
I'll be in it for escalation mode. Hopefully it's not as stripped down as the mode in FOC
CybertronianFan
So a portal that connects both universes? So this a dimensional portal, not a time one? I'm not too crazy about dimension crossing, but at least they didn't do a direct tie from WfC-verse to Movie-verse (thank Primus). This also means that timeline-wise, this isn't a sequal to WfC/FoC. Still boggles the mind when trying to make any sort of logical sense to it (which is pointless considering the source ).

Still have to see gameplay for final verdict.
Shizuka
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Originally Posted by Opticron Primal View Post
The FoC side of things being flashbacks or the characters on that side even going to Earth at any point after FoC's events aren't even confirmed. If the FoC characters end up fighting on Earth, it'll most likely be due to their connection to the AoE universe and characters passing from one to another.
The only character who crosses both is Grimlock allegedly.

Also, didn't the preview say that it takes place before they get on the Arc, not between WfC and FoC? This probably means that given this film we're only getting copies of Optimus, Bumblebee and Grimlock.

We know Inseticons are still in, as is Swindle (probably the rest of the Combaticons) so is Sideswipe. What I hope for is the full playable cast of bots from the last 2 games and movie bots from the DOTM game.

Maybe we'll get to see what actually happened to Barricade, Breakdown and the Seekers.
Walktehdinosaur
How many characters have been playable in the games so far?

Edit: Just looked it up, There are 44 different characters (Not including Megatron and OP from WFC) in the cybertron games.

DOTM may be involved to add to the movie characters so from that there are 12 (Not including Shockwave since he doesn't have a altmode).

And from AOE we have Grimlock, OP, BB, And Lockdown? for a total of 60-ish I imagine cuts will be made.

Optimus: WFC, FOC, DOTM, AOE, G1
Bumblebee: WFC, DOTM, AOE
Ratchet: WFC, DOTM
Ironhide: WFC, DOTM
Sideswipe: WFC, DOTM
Jetfire:WFC
Silverbolt:WFC
Arcee: WFC
Air Raid: WFC
Warpath:WFC, DOTM
Jazz:WFC
Scattershot:WFC
Zeta prime:WFC
CliffJumper:FOC
Grimlock:FOC, AOE
Swoop:FOC
Slug:FOC
Sludge:FOC ?
Snarl:FOC
Perceptor:FOC
Hound:FOC
Ultra magnus:FOC
Wheeljack:FOC

Megatron:WFC, FOC, ROTF, DOTM
Starscream:WFC, DOTM
Soundwave:WFC, DOTM
Thundercracker:WFC
Skywarp:WFC
Breakdown:WFC
Brawl:WFC
Barricade:WFC
Slipstream:WFC
Shockwave:WFC, DOTM ?
Demolisher:WFC
Onslaught:WFC
Dead end:WFC
Vortex:FOC
Swindle:FOC
Blast Off:FOC
Sharpshot:FOC
Kickback:FOC
Hardshell:FOC
Dragstrip:FOC
Quake:FOC
Crankcase/Enforcer: DOTM

I imagine AOE characters will also be playable so:

Crosshairs
Hound
Galvatron
Stinger
Lockdown

I doubt the dinobots or retro OP and BB will appear like wise with WFC OP, Megatron, Arcee, Slipstream.

I wonder who will get cut?

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