Activision just gave gamers who enjoy robots and cars – and robots that turn into cars – a reason to celebrate. The publisher revealed earlier today that gamers who pre-order Transformers: Devastation – the upcoming cell-shaded brawler from PlatinumGames – will receive some exclusive downloadable content for their efforts.
All players who pre-order retail or digital copies of the game will receive three bonus weapons and three bonus character skins, which is pretty cool. But if you’re a fan of the Transformers comics, High Moon’s Cybertron series of games, or are just a child of the ’80s in general, then Devastation’s visual style, voice talent, and story likely already have you on board for this one – in which case you’ll be more interested to see the new gameplay videos.
Transformers: Devastation is a third-person beat-em-up wherein players take control of one of five Autobots (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Wheeljack, or Grimlock) and wage beautifully cell-shaded war on Megatron and the Decepticons. The three bonus character skins for players who pre-order the game are the Nemesis Prime, the Red Alert, and the Goldfire, and the three bonus weapons are the Dark Star Saber, the Photon Disruptor, and the Golden Hunter blaster pistols. Activision released a gameplay video highlighting the playable characters, as well as a video featuring Peter Cullen once again lending his voice to Optimus Prime, which you can check out below.
The game was written by Andy Schmidt, the veteran writer of IDW’s fan-favorite Transformers comic, and its look and feel are a direct throwback to the cartoons, comics, and toys that first got the property rolling in the ’80s. Players will recall that PlatinumGames also brought us Bayonetta, and hopes are high that they’ll successfully fuse their brand of deceptively simple beat-em-up action with the timeless conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons.
In the video featuring Cullen, the actor states that the gameplay footage makes him feel “the rush of the old days” and that the game is clearly a “sentimental” treatment of the classic robots. And indeed, it’s hard to watch the videos and not get a whiff of nostalgia. In the wake of Michael Bay’s divisive reimagining of the Transformers property, this treatment feels like a love letter to a bygone era.
But if you’re a gamer who’s had his or her heart broken before, you may want to forego the Photon Disruptor and wait until the game’s release to see if PlatinumGames nails the mark.
Take a look at Peter Cullen giving voice to Optimus Prime in the video below:
Transformers: Devastation is set for release on October 6, 2015 for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows platforms.
Source: Activision Entertainment, Inc., PlatinumGames