Activision has announced a new Transformers video game based on director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The two special features they’re touting in the press release are how the game will feature an original prologue storyline to the upcoming film and in-game ‘stealth force’ conversion mode. Meaning, if you have to know every aspect of the Transformers storyline, you’ll want to play the game. Regarding ‘stealth mode’, according to Paul Wright, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing, “Stealth Force gameplay lets players convert to a third form beyond robot and vehicle modes to defeat their enemies in more ways than ever before.” While I think about 95% of all video games based on movie properties are terrible, let’s hope this one is part of the 5% that doesn’t suck.
UPDATE: We’ve been provided with three screenshots and the first teaser trailer. Check them out after the jump:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2011 – The next colossal entry in the TRANSFORMERS saga on Earth is on the way as Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is in development by the critically acclaimed developers at High Moon Studios. Based on Hasbro’s legendary TRANSFORMERS property and featuring a brand-new ‘Stealth Force’ conversion mode, the game thrusts players directly into an original prologue storyline to experience the ultimate battle between the AUTOBOTS™ and DECEPTICONS™ that leads into the summer’s most anticipated blockbuster film and reveals another face of evil, SHOCKWAVE.
“We couldn’t be more excited to expand on the epic movie universe in the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game, and allow fans to experience the gripping events and backstories that occur right before the upcoming film,” said Paul Wright, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “The immensely talented group at High Moon Studios are huge fans of the property, and they are thrilled to unveil some new characters from the movie while introducing Stealth Force gameplay that lets players convert to a third form beyond robot and vehicle modes to defeat their enemies in more ways than ever before.”
“Activision continues to deliver outstanding video games based on Hasbro’s iconic TRANSFORMERS brand,” said Mark Blecher, SVP of Digital Media and Gaming, Hasbro. “We’re thrilled to deliver the Transformers: Dark of the Moon prologue video game to TRANSFORMERS fans around the world in anticipation of the film.”
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon game allows players to fight through the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the upcoming film. Armed with a brand-new gameplay mechanic, fans will harness the power of Stealth Force to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of robot mode with the agility and maneuverability of vehicle mode. Set in unique environments around the world such as the Jungles of South America, Siberian military facilities, Detroit Cityscapes and more, the game lets players assume the roles of a diverse roster of everyone’s favorite TRANSFORMERS from the movie through a heart-pounding campaign to save mankind.
Additionally, fans can play the game with or against their friends through intense, online multiplayer game modes as their favorite iconic characters.
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game is currently in development by High Moon Studios for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Behaviour Interactive is developing distinct versions for the Wii™ system, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held systems.
Paramount Pictures will release the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie nationwide on July 1, 2011.