Rules Of Cybernature – Transformers: Devastation Trailer

Split him wide open!

While a lot of Alec’s interest in Transformers: Devastation [official site] is down to it using ye olde Generation 1 robodesigns, mine is entirely founded upon it being a new third-person punch-o-beating game from the folks behind Bayonetta, Vanquish, The Wonderful 101, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Listing those names there, I realise that giant fighting robots transforming into cars and cassette players is actually one of the more mundane concepts Platinum have built a game around.

Anyway, you might have missed its announcement during all the E3 fuss, so here’s a new trailer.

Publishers Activision gab on about “instant robot to vehicle attacks, slam downs, counterattacks, and infinite combos for a unique and customizable combat system.” Yes, all of those sound great. Counter-attacks should be in every violent game (Platinum’s games and Dark Souls have really sold me on this), and those transformation attacks are a nice visual touch for the kind of layered fighting systems and attack types Platinum do so delight in.

Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Swideswipe, Wheeljack, and Grimlock are all playable characters – Grimlock being essentially Metal Gear Ray, as I understand it. On the story side of things, big robots are fighting because they hate each other.

Transformers: Devastation is due this autumn. I do wish Bayonetta and Vanquish publishers Sega would bring those to PC, as I’m moving in the next few weeks and don’t want to bring my Xbox 360 (I’m trying to shed most of my possessions) but also don’t want to be without them.


  1. realworld666 says:

    They need to just take the game models and engine and go ahead and just make a new cartoon out of it. That looks great.

  2. Kreeth says:

    So is this just going to be a Street Fighter-y game but with robots, or is there actually going to be running around doing a story bit too?

    • Henke says:

      More importantly is there going to be driving around? Honestly I just want Optimus Prime Truck Simulator.

  3. RaoulDuke says:

    I prefer the original, non-gendered quote – link to

    For that matter, do transformers/decepticons have sexes? Do they have genitals? [Ignoring Michael Bay’s adaptation’s “massive balls”, coincidentally on Devastator though ha]

    Or more importantly, can they love?

    • Jackablade says:

      I’m sure there was a lady Transformer back when I used to watch the cartoon. They might have even added a couple more in the subsequent 25 or so years.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      If you want the serious answer, here’s the full, condensed, story according to how I understand it:

      “Generation 1” was originally three completely unrelated main toy lines with several other minor toy lines bolted on, with a children’s animated TV series (animated in Japan but written by Americans for the first several seasons) invented to explain why a gun wanted to take over Earth and a truck wanted to protect it. There are two big reasons why most of the transformers are guys:

      1) It is super-hard to produce a successful toy line that appeals to both young boys and young girls.

      2) It is much easier to turn a vehicle into something vaguely resembling a guy in heavy armor than it is to turn a vehicle into a clearly feminine humanoid.

      However, nearly every toy line has included some female characters, because the toys ended up becoming popular enough that some girls did like them. Most Transformers continuities have these characters existing literally millions of years before any transformer encounters a human female, and to my knowledge it’s never, ever explained. (To be clear: Transformers do not reproduce like humans in any version.) Kids would simply tell you “why not?” and leave it at that.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      When it comes to love, transformers are often depicted as having camaraderie and even familial love (good guys) or fearful respect (bad guys). Romance doesn’t ever happen for two reasons:

      1) The usual reaction to a human explaining human reproduction to a transformer is something like “Wait, you guys have entire factories in your bodies!?!” or “I don’t even understand”.

      2) The age group at which the toy lines are aimed has zero time for the concept of romance and probably barely tolerates their parents kissing.

      And no, they do not have genitals or hormones or other human sexually dimorphic traits. Except when the writers are under the mistaken impression that it would be “funny” to have a transformer mistake a car for a possible love interest. Or Michael Bay is in charge. But most of the time, officially, no.

      • Geebs says:

        Isn’t the Creation Matrix basically Optimus Prime’s chest-mounted bawsack?

        • Apologised says:

          If you go by IDW continuity it’s more a replacement ballsack for all of Cybertronian life.

          Basically in the IDW continuity, which did some very nice work in setting up the background for the Autobot – Decepticon war, you have 2 types of Cybertronian.

          1) The Forged, these are Transformers whose sparks were formed naturally from the lifeforce of Cybertron which manifests as fields of raw sparks on the surface of Cybertron. Problem is, theres only so much energy Cybertron has to give, and it only gets it back when a Spark is extinguished, and since Cybertronians don’t age any more*… by the time you get to the start of the war, Spark Fields are basically unheard of.

          2) Cold Construction. To get around the whole problem of less natural sparks, scientists working on the Matrix discovered they could extract “artificial” Sparks from the Matrix, and they used these Sparks to mass manufacture workers and other second class Cybertronian citizens. It’s also a sentient recepticle for all of the Wisdom of the Cybertronian Robot God of Wisdom.

          3) Megatron.
          …it’s complicated. So very very complicated.

          * Yeah. Turns out when you up and kill your God of Death, your entire species becomes unaging. Who knew?

    • commentingaccount says:

      They don’t have genitalia, but they do have gender and some form of sex… Depending on the continuity. See, there’s fucktons of Transformers continuities, and well, that tends to throw a wrench in the mix.

    • Holderist says:

      From what I understand they don’t have sexes, but they can have gender identities.

      Genitals? No (outstanding exceptions: rule 34, and Michael Bay). They don’t reproduce like organic species do.

      Yes, they can love! In More Than Meets The Eye (link to there’s a lot more social things that go on than just shooty-shooty bang-bang. There was also an ongoing Romeo-Juliet-esque romance in the 90s cartoon Transformers: Beast Wars.

  4. Spacewalk says:

    It’s humorous, a trailer for a game in a children’s franchise contains content inappropriate for children.

    But it’s got that sound effect (0:44) and there’s a classic Starscream pose (0:52) so I’m almost on board with this one guitar wank be damned.

  5. Isometric says:

    That looks bloody brilliant.

  6. Emohawk says:

    Can I play as Unicron?

  7. Ole Bekkelund says:

    “They’ll cast you out. Like a leper.”

    I love how whenever people list the works of Platinum Games nobody ever mentions The Legend Of Korra. Ever. Like a bastard child or a repressed memory, or that abomination hidden in the caverns beneath the mansion in Clock Tower for the SNES, The Legend Of Korra stands as the one commonly acknowledged blemish on Platinum Games’ otherwise spotless resumé.

    Not all of Platinum Games’ releases have been to my tastes, but there has never been grounds to question the craftsmanship and quality of their work – until Korra. I’ll be watching this one very, very carefully.