The fourth installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers hits this summer with the Mark Wahlberg-starring Age of Extinction. That, however, isn’t going be the only giant, shape-shifting robot offering you get in 2014. At the toy fair that’s going on in New York—you’ve probably seen tons and tons of photos of toys over the last couple of days—Activision and Hasbro announced the release of a new videogame, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. Hot on the heels of that reveal, we have some new details about the plot of the game, as well as this kickass new teaser trailer full of in game footage.
Rise of the Dark Spark will synthesize multiple Transformers universes. The action takes the world of Bay’s successful film franchise and brings it together with the “Cybertron Universe” that fans of the franchise will recognize from earlier video games. So this is a kind of best of both worlds scenario. Scheduled to launch this June, the game will have more than 40 playable characters to choose from and be available on most gaming consoles, including Playstations 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, as well as PC and Wii. There is also a planned 3DS version in the works.
Rise of the Dark Spark will also allow players to choose which side of the conflict they want to be on, and apparently even flip flop in game. I’m not much of a gamer at all, but there’s definitely a part of me that likes that you can choose to a hero or a villain instead of just blindly having to portray a good guy. Sometimes you just want to be a villain and wreck up the joint.
The game is intended to follow both Age of Extinction as well as Activision’s earlier games War For Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. Both the Autobots and Decepticons are in action, searching for the Dark Spark, a powerful relic. Mark Blecher, the senior vice president of digital gaming and corporate development (I have no idea what any of that means in a real world sense, but that’s an impressive sounding title), said, “This year marks 30 incredible years of Transformers. This game tells another chapter in the Transformers story that fans will love.”
In this video you can tell that the game play looks pretty damn good. And if you can’t get into being a giant robot running around blasting the hell out of things, what kind of nerd are you?