Here’s What Transformers Universe Plays Like As A ‘MOTA’

By Nathan Grayson on March 3rd, 2014 at 11:00 am.

If you shorten this game's name, it becomes Transformers U, which sounds like a sitcom dramedy starring Transformers. Now *that's* a game I'd play.

I still don’t know what MOTA stands for. I mean, obviously it’s a play on MOBA, but is Jagex branding Transformers Universe as a Multiplayer Online Transformer Arena, or is there more to it than that? Is MOTA supposed to sound like “motor” when said aloud? Is it also “atom” spelled backward on purpose? We’re still in the dark (of the moon) on so much. But today we’re at least getting a look at one sorta important aspect of the MMO-abruptly-turned-battle-arena: how it, you know, plays. Unsurprisingly, you can turn into a car, so it’s a MOBA with mobility or something (hah). Also, it looks rather action-y compared to the likes of LoL and DOTA, something that stands to set it apart at least a little. Go below for two new trailers.

So that’s Duststorm and Meltdown – one Decepticon, one Autobot. Duststorm is a rangier sniper character while Meltdown is a medic for robots, which is a weird thing to say when you write it out.

On top of the oil-spattered nitty gritty, there’s also a commander-based metagame to the whole thing. It goes like this:

“Commanders are responsible for their own squad of Transformers Warriors, from recruitment through to deployment on the field. Each warrior is unique and built for action with an array of weapons and equipment at their disposal. Lead with courage and commitment and these brave soldiers will follow you through the fire.”

“Efforts count not only for individual honors but also to the overall standing of your faction – it’s not just about the battle, it’s about the war.”

I like the transformation aspects, which should really go without saying in Transformers game, but I’m not sold on the rest. There’s plenty of room for clunk in this trunk, and good MOBAs require relentless attention to detail and balancing. Also, it’s another MOBA. A licensed one, no less. I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but it’s got quite an uphill battle ahead of it. Let’s hope Jagex is installing four-wheel drive.

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15 Comments »

  1. Zyx says:

    Mota means ‘fat’ in Hindi.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      It also means something in Swedish, though, it’s an old word and rarely used except in a few occasions. It means preventing someone from getting further or closer to something (both literally and figuratively).

  2. Elos says:

  3. Gap Gen says:

    I just realised that the fatal flaw of Transformers is that sometimes they’re something that isn’t a giant kickass robot person. Although I admit a racing game slash robot arena fighter does appeal at least a little.

    • The Random One says:

      The little bits with the little transformocars driving around makes me think that the ultimate Transformers game would be a Vigilante 8/Quake Arena mashup.

  4. Niko says:

    Ah, the transformation aspect. ZX Spectrum Transformers game had it as well:

  5. Dances to Podcasts says:

    At least it’s not fantasy. That’s a plus.

  6. Williz says:

    So robot medic… Engineer or mechanic then really?

  7. Darth Gangrel says:

    Transformers U sounds like a Wii U game, but I like your suggestion better Nathan.

  8. Muzman says:

    Micro Online Transaction Arena

  9. Zankmam says:

    I know that long-time fans of Transformers aren’t keen on the Bay adaptation, but with that put on the side, this game looks totally O.K. Looks like it’s really going to be mobile and fast-paced. I hope that the transforming aspect of things makes sense as well as the maps being big enough to justify it.

  10. Philopoemen says:

    The Duststorm preview lost me at “Ghost Faced Guerilla” – too many Farm Simulator shenanigans for me to take that one seriously…

  11. SillyWizard says:

    That lady-bot is giving me body-image issues.

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