Niantic encouraged the world to roam the streets as a Pokémon trainer and wizard … next? Time for transformation and rollout.
80’s Mega Toy Transformers is the latest IP to partner with Niantic to create a map-heavy, geolocating game.
Details are still a bit bright, but here’s pretty much everything we know:
- It will be called Transformers: Heavy Metal. You have made a pre-registration Page here.
- It’s being built in partnership with Hasbro, TOMY, and the Seattle gaming team, Very Very Spaceship.
- Players will become part of the Guardian Network, according to the announcement, “a group of people who have teamed up with the Autobots in a war against the Decepticons.”
- It is based on Niantic’s Lightship platform, the same underlying engine that Pokémon GO, Harry Potter Wizards Unite and the. drives still under development Catan: World Explorers.
- When does it arrive? Nothing special yet, but it will soon be launched in “select markets” and then “later this year” worldwide. This gradual introduction is typically Niantic’s approach; Pokémon GO first landed in Japan, while Catan was quietly introduced in New Zealand last year.
They’ve only released a little concept art so far, and it suggests gameplay not dissimilar to GO and Wizards Unite. This battle screen on the right definitely looks like a Pokémon GO battle:
Will this one take over the world like Pokémon GO did in the summer of 2016? Maybe not – that you hit a lot of the right notes at the right time, the perfect mix of novelty and nostalgia. But Wizards Unite has found enough audience that it’s still in active development two years after it launched, so Niantic seems to be seeing room for more card-oriented games. In that regard, a Niantic representative mentioned that this is one of ten real world titles currently in development, which suggests they see plenty of room there.