In 2016, when Pokémon Go was released, development studio Niantic became a figure in the field of augmented reality. Following the immense success of Pokémon Go, Niantic was quickly approached by other franchises like Harry Potter to develop an immersive mobile video game. Last March, Niantic and Nintendo even mentioned a new collaboration this time around Pikmin.
A new project for Niantic
Today we learn that Hasbro, the American giant in games and toys, has approached Niantic to adapt the Transformers franchise into a game using the codes of Pokémon Go. Although the details around this possible collaboration are still vague, TechCruch has listed the items in its possession at the moment. According to the American media, the game should be called Transformers: Heavy Metal, a landing page with this name even already exists. This page also indicates that Hasbro and Niantic are not alone on the project, the Very Very Spaceship studio and TOMY will also be in the game.
Regarding the gameplay, expect to join the ranks of the “Guardian Network” a group allied to the Autobots, fighting against the Decepticons. The game will be based on the Lightship platform developed by Niantic, already used for Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. As for the release date, it is still far too early to say. However, it seems that the game is initially launched in very specific markets before being rolled out worldwide. Niantic is a fan of this kind of phased deployment. Remember, Pokémon Go had been made available in Japan before arriving in France and the rest of the world.
Obviously, it will be difficult for Transformers: Heavy Metal to do better or as much as Pokémon Go, but Niantic seems especially confident about the expectation of Transformers fans.