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Transformers Universe Update from London's MCM Expo

Posted on 05-28-2012 at 01:29 AM by Sol Fury under Video Games
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Jagex were presenting a panel on the Transformers Universe MMO at London's MCM expo over the weekend. During the panel they covered a whole bunch of features of the game, some of which we already knew from previous Q&A sessions, but there are also a few hints at new things which have not been covered previously, such as how you can use real-world currency in the game and why the title is "Universe" (hint: you're not going to be Earthbound forever...)

Here's a list of key points from the presentation, taken down by TFW2005 member Cosablanca:
  • A free web-based MMO based on Transformers Prime.
  • Aimed to last for at least 10 years.
  • Will have various known Transformers Characters
  • At launch the game will be based on Earth but eventually other “areas” will be accessible such as Cybertron + other planets. Hence, the name “Universe”. They have stated that new transformers will be introduced as we travel from one world to another.
  • Energon is aimed to be used as a currency.
  • Real money will be integrated in the game but in what way exactly has not been yet finalized. Most likely a way to increase the pace of things for people who would like quick results. It will not be used to purchase a more powerful weapon as that would not be fair.

Regarding Customization:
  • Initially only vehicles but animal forms/beast modes to follow.
  • You can choose a male or a female character.
  • There will be classes: ie brawler, snipper, technician (not yet defined)
  • Alternate modes are not just a mount
Views: 3,842 / Credit: Cosablanca of the 2005 Boards!
jinx23
Sounds great... Can you chop the video into several pieces?
Plainsjumper
Did you get the sense that they would actually have a Beta version by the end of the year or not?
Tiller
Are we ever going to get some solid screenshots or video of this thing? They keep going on and on about stuff but are showing nothing. Not that I have any faith in this thing though.
av83
I've never played any online games specially mmo but if its anything close to what they keep saying about this game set some $$$ aside to give it a try............that's if my wife doesn't come out with her" I need a new stove and fridge" stories again
Prime Jetscream
Sounds like FusionFall.

Which is... AWESOME.

I can't wait for customization.
soundwaverulls
So mow it's confirmed that there will eventually be beast forms. Just a while ago we got word for the first time that it was a possibility. I hope it this isn't a misinterpretation of what the makers said. And if true, I hope you can scan a beast mode and not have to make a new character in a different class and have to start leveling it up from level zero.

I'm also glad you can't become more powerful through money. I don't intend to pay for anything more than the ability to play and if people could become more powerful than me through money alone, I wouldn't even buy that. So far, I'm pleased by the money parts.

I thought it was already confirmed to have other worlds in it. Although I hadn't heard that they wouldn't be put in at the launch.

The game sounds like it could be good. I might buy it. Obviously I need more info first though. I hope we hear more about it soon.
spartan 3764
wow im on first page! anyway sounds great! i want to see a warpath
Wrecker217
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Alternate modes are not just a mount
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kjeevahh
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Originally Posted by Cosablanca View Post
There will be classes: ie brawler, snipper, technician (not yet defined)
snipper? cool, like this?

kjeevahh
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Originally Posted by soundwaverulls View Post
The game sounds like it could be good. I might buy it. Obviously I need more info first though. I hope we hear more about it soon.
you can't buy it

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Originally Posted by Cosablanca View Post
A free web-based MMO based on Transformers Prime.
soundwaverulls
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Originally Posted by kjeevahh View Post
you can't buy it
Oh. I thought that just meant you don't have to pay for a subscription after you buy a disk.
Sludge
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Originally Posted by soundwaverulls View Post
Oh. I thought that just meant you don't have to pay for a subscription after you buy a disk.
That is my assumption also.
Scaleface
So is it like one of those online "free" games that makes you play for weeks to win one coin, but you can buy 20 coins for $5 from your credit card.
Takara_destron
I signed up for the beta while I was there, sounds pretty good
Primeinator
Yay free!!! But when is this game coming out?
Josh
i still have my doubts that, being browser based and free, this will be anything super mind-blowing

but hey. free transformers game. im in for at least trying it!
Puck Hockey
Beast modes...? My life is complete.
Rob
Sounds great really looking forward to it. Does anyone know what the games camera angle is going to be like? Diablo/Runescape? World of Warcraft/Champions Online?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but to me it is a very important element, not a deal breaker, but a critical element.
Sludge
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Sounds great really looking forward to it. Does anyone know what the games camera angle is going to be like? Diablo/Runescape? World of Warcraft/Champions Online?

Sorry if this seems like a stupid question but to me it is a very important element, not a deal breaker, but a critical element.
I've heard multiple times that it will run like Runescape.
Moroni Prime
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Originally Posted by Cosablanca View Post
Hi guys,

Thought I would share with you some info I gathered about the new MMO Jagex is making – Transformers Universe

I went to the London Expo on Saturday and Jagex gave a 20 min talk where they talked about the game, answered questions from facebook and from the public.

I also recorded part of the talk but having some issues uploading on youtube as they say the video is "too long". Its only 18 min long...

In Summary:

A free web-based MMO based on Transformers Prime.
Aimed to last for at least 10 years.
Will have various known Transformers Characters
At launch the game will be based on Earth but eventually other “areas” will be accessible such as Cybertron + other planets. Hence, the name “Universe”. They have stated that new transformers will be introduced as we travel from one world to another.
Energon is aimed to be used as a currency.
Real money will be integrated in the game but in what way exactly has not been yet finalized. Most likely a way to increase the pace of things for people who would like quick results. It will not be used to purchase a more powerful weapon as that would not be fair.

Regarding Customization:
Initially only vehicles but animal forms/beast modes to follow.
You can choose a male or a female character.
There will be classes: ie brawler, snipper, technician (not yet defined)
Alternate modes are not just a mount

Hope you found this useful.
You mean I can choose to be a "Snipper"? That's Awesome! *snip-snip*
Seansy
This sounds amazing.

S
Mako Crab
I must create my Crab Decepticon with this
FanimusMaximus
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Initially only vehicles but animal forms/beast modes to follow.
You have my attention.
Cosablanca
Hi, just managed to upload the video after a few hours so I hope you appreciate the effort. It still says "Edit in progress" so it might take some time before its fully online.

Ta-da!!: Transformers Universe at London MCM Expo 2012. - YouTube
URL: Transformers Universe at London MCM Expo 2012. - YouTube


Obviously I meant a sniper not a snipper. lol Can you imagine... sorry for that typo and any other that I missed.

Just to answer a few comments.
- I didn't notice if they mentioned when a beta will be coming up but they will definitely be releasing one so just sign up on their website if you are interested.
Transformers Universe
- You don't need to buy a disk.
- There will be some method of payments which haven't been finalised yet. It may be in the form of different membership packages.
- Unfortunately, they haven't released any gameplay videos.

You may find these videos useful:

BotCon 2011 - First Looks at Transformers Universe MMO Game from Jagex - YouTube from Botcon 2011.
Transformers Universe preview ft. Kris Jones - Feature - Platform32 - YouTube June,2011.
A Quick Introduction To Transformers Universe - YouTube
Rob
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Originally Posted by NC Bulkhead View Post
I've heard multiple times that it will run like Runescape.
I have heard it uses the same ENGINE but, only that the camera will be 3rd person which can mean a number of things.
w13
Yes, it'll use RuneTek 6, which is a newer version of RuneTek 5 (the engine that RuneScape currently uses).

The view will be third-person-view most likely due to the same engine being used as RuneScape. There will most likely be an action-bar to appeal to hardcore MMO players (RuneScape is getting this soon as well).

Unlike RuneScape though, it seems they're going with a class system. I can't say I'm super happy about that though.
Rob
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Originally Posted by w13 View Post
Yes, it'll use RuneTek 6, which is a newer version of RuneTek 5 (the engine that RuneScape currently uses).

The view will be third-person-view most likely due to the same engine being used as RuneScape. There will most likely be an action-bar to appeal to hardcore MMO players (RuneScape is getting this soon as well).

Unlike RuneScape though, it seems they're going with a class system. I can't say I'm super happy about that though.
Thanks for the clarification

I heard somewhere it will play more like an action game which is good news in my book. When's launch?

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