First Look At WayForward’s Transformers RPG For The Nintendo 3DS

By Ishaan . June 6, 2014 . 5:31pm

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is the latest Transformers game being published by Activision, and it’s in development for PC and consoles. However, while Rise of the Dark Spark is a third-person shooter on the aforementioned platforms, there’s also a version being developed by WayForward Technologies for the Nintendo 3DS, and this version is a strategy RPG.


Given how little information is available about this version of the game, Siliconera got in touch with WayForward to find out what we could about Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark on the 3DS. Adam Tierney (Director) and Shannon Hatakeda (Producer at Way Forward) stepped up to address our questions, one of the things we asked was how the game plays.


“The melee combat is a turn-based combat experience, where one of your units can go toe-to-toe with an opponent,” WayForward said to us. “There will be three rounds to do as much damage as possible before the round ends. If you’re successful and deplete your opponent’s health, they will be removed from the map.”


“Each Transformer can have up to a total of seven attacks to choose from each turn, but each attack has a meter that must be charged up before using it. With every round that goes by, that meter will fill up by one. Choosing the right time to use the move is essential, especially with those that require high charging level; otherwise you could end up using a move that would have been more effective later. If you successfully block an enemy attack, you can also gain two extra charging points.”


Rise of the Dark Spark’s campaign has you alternating between the Autobots and Decepticons, and WayForward say each Transformer has its own moveset and Super Move based on their personality.


“For example Optimus Prime’s Vanguard is able to pull the enemy’s attention to himself in order to give other units time to heal or move to a safer location,” they shared. “For every mission you are given a set amount of Energon which each unit can take to activate their Super Move, so you have to be strategically careful on how often and which Super Move you use.”


WayForward say they looked at “most of the major games” in the strategy RPG genre on the market, especially on the Nintendo 3DS, while developing Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. At the same time, because of the license, they wanted it to be a game could be enjoyed by people that don’t normally play strategy RPGs as well.


“We wanted to make sure that this would be a game that any Transformers fans could enjoy, even those not well-versed in games of this genre, which is why it was important to amp things up in the combat sequences,” we were told.


I asked if WayForward had modeled every Transformer in 3D for the game’s combat sequences, to which they replied, “That’s right! In addition to the 2D sprite that appears on the map, when you enter in to the battle mode you get to see both Transformers in full 3D.”


(Of course, if you look at the very first screenshot in this article, you’ll notice that it looks like there’s no texturing on the two Transformers. I followed up with our PR contact for the game, who informed me: “All of the Transformers have textures applied in the game. Due to the darker palette of the characters in the screen, the textures don’t show very well when we capture images.”)


Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark for Nintendo 3DS will be available on June 24th in North America, alongside the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Wii U versions.

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  • LM009

    lol this looks exactly like the transformers mobile game from like almost a decade ago so sad

    • Satori Satya

      More like from 5 years ago:

      • LM009

        oops I guess I overestimated, but regardless, this looks terrible and out of date

        • Satori Satya

          To be fair, despite how it looks, that mobile game got good reviews. And it was rather competent in the most important aspect for any videogame: the gameplay.

          About it looking outdated….

          Games like Fire Emblem Awakening or Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, well, they don’t look like much on the surface. And they might look very ‘outdated’.

          But man, if they’re not as fun (or more) than many modern games that squeeze the most from your current gen consoles.

          Now I dunno if this game will be any good or bad. But I don’t think we can judge a strategy RPG on its looks. We have to play the thing.

          Hopefully they release a demo or we’ll get some previews.

  • Spirit Macardi

    So is this its own thing, or is it based off another crappy Michael Bay movie?

    • JonathanisPrimus

      Rise of the Dark Spark is a weird crossover between the Bayverse and the War For Cybertron games.

      • Spirit Macardi

        … But don’t the Cybertron games follow on to Transformers Prime, which is its own thing separate from the movies?

        • Lynx

          It’s weird.
          Same continuity FAMILY, but different canon.

          iirc, a few things in Prime don’t match with what we know of how things work within the WfC/FoC canon like the function of Dark Energon. In Prime, it’s the equivalence of necromancy but functions completely different in comparison to WfC/FoC.

          I think an apt comparison would be FFXIII, Type 0 and Versus/XV. Same base concepts but different and separate execution.

          • Spirit Macardi

            By what I understood the official explanation was that the Dark Energon from the Cybertron games was artificial, where as the stuff in Prime was the real deal.

            I do know that despite being in the same canon Hasbro decided to let both sides do their own thing with a few elements in-common.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I want this?

  • Zachary Ortiz

    Reminds me a lot of the Super Robot Wars games, which makes me want the 3DS version more.

  • This is almost like Super Robot Wars, no mistake there. Which means that if it was allowed, WayForward could try and make one based on any Western Version of Giant Robots. And we had plenty of those at one time.

    • DaiRaiOh

      But the gameplay is absolutely nothing like SRW….

      • I know. But the SRW series has done different things like this before, you know.

        • DaiRaiOh

          Not like this though. I’ve played every single SRW game in the last 15 years outside of the 360 version of GC, and this doesn’t remotely resemble any of them. The most you can say is same genre. That’s literally just it though.

  • TrevHead

    a robot SRPG nice, and since it’s from a western dev /. publisher us PAL gamers won’t get left out

  • subsamuel01

    I’ll stick to the PS4 version at least that looks half decent, plus its a sequel to the amazing Fall of Cybertron.

  • Michael Richardson

    Looks interesting. I’ll wait on reviews before deciding whether to invest, though.

  • Makoto Yuki

    Woo SO HYPE!

  • Charmchar

    Ugh….Those 3D battles just look painfully bland but the rest looks like colorful and cute! I hope i can see Optimus Prime do the robot as he waits for the player to decide his next move ~(^◇^)/.

  • MrTyrant

    STW? Can I call it like that?

  • CozyAndWarm

    Huh, interesting. Is this Wayforward’s first SRPG?

  • aizen310

    No G1, no buy.
    Also, thanks Michael Bay.

  • arkane9

    Nice! Looks way more appealing than the console game.

  • GreenBoyPocket

    wow! a mobile phone app port

  • Espoir

    When I see games like this, I think that it’s better to give the money they use to charity instead of making crap

  • Ric Vazquez

    Fire Emblem: Transformers Edition.

  • Harvey Tejada Loto

    cool i need this on my nds

  • wahyudil

    my eyes or this game is the ugliest 3DS game I’ve ever seen

  • FX102A

    Personally, I wish they’d used a sprite-based art style, kind of like the Super Robot Wars franchise.

  • Nobody

    The battle system doesn’t not look fun. I was hoping it’d at least have some semblance to the Zone of the Enders game I played back on my GBA given that was also a SRPG that also featured machines doing battle. Still, I’ll keep this on my radar, albeit at the edge.

  • Aurizen

    comes out for everything but ps vita… it really is dead.

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