Powering Down: Transformers Universe Closing In January

Transformers Universe will shut down at the end of January, having never properly launched. First announced as a MMO in 2011, it shifted into a free-to-play Dota-y sort of a thing (MOTA was the horrible word developers Jagex used), and launched into paid beta this year followed by an open beta in July. And soon it’ll shut down. Jagex didn’t give a real reason, but I suspect the fact that you can’t move without bumping into a car that transforms into a MOBA might be something to do with out. It arrived too late, and didn’t offer enough reasons to shift away from larger, more established F2P Dote ’em ups.

The announcement explains that “This decision comes at an important time for [Jagex and Transformers owner Hasbro] as they both realign their plans and focuses for 2015.” Which isn’t the best explanation.

Registrations for the game are now closed, but the servers will be up until 10am on January 31st. Jagex will be refunding folks who bought beta-accessing Founder Packs or microtransaction knick-knacks. They say:

Once again we want to thank all of the players that have played Transformers Universe and all those that have worked on the project. We’re sure you have thoughts and feelings that you’d like to share on this, so please do so on our forums. Please bear in mind that this is obviously a challenging time for all involved, especially the CM team. There will be plenty of things we can’t comment on, so please respect their position.

10 Comments

  1. jezcentral says:

    That line of explanation is a work of art. They are not even pretending to mean anything.

    I guarantee whoever wrote that gave themselves a little hug afterwards, and then repeatedly told everyone what they had written, down the pub.

  2. Great Cthulhu says:

    Kudos to Jagex and Hasbro for bowing out gracefully. I hope everyone involved lands on their feet.

  3. Neurotic says:

    A shame they didn’t stick with the original MMO idea. I wonder if that was Hasbro changing their minds, or Jagex eventually realising it wasn’t viable. I’d love to see a TF MMORPG, perhaps set on Cybertron in the current continuity, with the Big Name characters as NPCs and me making my own Cybertronian to play, perhaps choosing to be either an Autobot or a ‘con at level 10, or somesuch.

    • commentingaccount says:

      Depending on the continuity, sometimes Decepticons and Autobots are different sub-species… So, that level 10 choice would depend on if they were basing it off of one of those continuities or a new one for the MMO.

      Personally, I’d like the option to choose which one you’re gonna be from the outset(As a new recruit) or to say screw it and be unaligned. A few of them exist, though when given toys they’ve usually been put in one group or another.

      As terrible as Armada was, being able to play as a mini-con would be fun too.

  4. Ham Solo says:

    Well, at least they’re offering refunds for their failure.

    • wyrm4701 says:

      That’s quite heartening. I’ve been recently led to believe that refunds can’t usually be provided by game companies unless there’s an astrometric syzygy, and the refundee can answer skill-testing questions in phonetically accurate Latin.

  5. Dozer says:

    They need to make the following changes to the franchise:

    1: Rename the title to “TRANSFORMOGRAPHAGIZERS”
    2: Reintroduce the original 80s theme song
    3: Make Oreobot a main character

    …and a few more essential changes for which I refer you to this video: link to youtube.com

  6. Sleepymatt says:

    It’s a bit concerning that Jagex’s last three in-house developed games (“Mechscape”, it’s successor Stellar Dawn and now Transformers Universe) have all been cancelled just prior to a planned full release, after a few years of development. One wonders how long Runescape, and published games like Ace of Spades and War of Legends can sustain such a large company without any new releases on the way. Hopefully not too many devs are out of a job this time of year :(

    • SocraticIrony says:

      MechScape and Stellar Dawn were the same game. They just put a better name forward.

  7. Humanji says:

    I’m guessing that it’s because Hasbro are pumping everything into the Asian market and want to focus on a game specifically catered to it. There’s a lot more money to be made there than in the West.