Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, a direct sequel to 2010 actioner War for Cybertron, is on its way.
GameInformer has the scoop but is being stingy with the details, only revealing that High Moon Studios returns on dev duty and that the Activision-published game continues the story of the civil war raging between the Autobots and Decepticons.
Its report claims that the title "changes and improves upon so many of the fundamental ideas that the developer considers the game a natural successor rather than a true sequel."
A sequel to Activision's Transformers: War for Cybertron is set for release in 2012.
Confirmation comes from Hasbro, the company that makes the Transformers toys that take up all the space in ASDA.
Hasbro was well chuffed with War for Cybertron, which Eurogamer awarded a solid 6/10.
New maps and characters available.
The Transformers: War for Cybertron Map and Characters Pack 2 is available now for download on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Poor sales of Bizarre's racer Blur and Raven Software's shooter Singularity between April and June were offset by the continued gargantuan success of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, publisher Activision Blizzard has said.
"Singularity fell short of meeting what is an exceptionally high bar within the shooter genre," said chief financial officer Thomas Tippl during an investor call last night.
"Fortunately, Call of Duty was the title that raised that bar and shortfall of Singularity was offset by Call of Duty's catalogue and DLC performance.
Activision's new Transformers game - War For Cybertron - has been given four new multiplayer maps and five new playable characters.
First shot of DLC for the Transformers shooter.
High Moon Studios is in talks with Activision to produce further games in the Transformers series.
Optimus et al take on the charts.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 has stupefied the UK to top the regional all-formats software chart.
It's on like the War for Cybertron.
Despite Transformers' three-decade history dovetailing almost exactly with the rise of home gaming, it's been a constant source of frustration that Hasbro has only ever managed to commission one decent videogame - and Transformers: Armada was far more successful as a tech demo than an exercise in pushing your nostalgia buttons.
But then, like a mirage, came the first shots of War For Cybertron, a back-to-the-old-school prequel that looked like the sort of game Transfans had been hounding Hasbro to make for years. The shockwaves put the community on red alert, prowling constantly for new information - Decepticon and Autobot campaigns, design your own transformer, COD-style multiplayer - could this actually be good? They had the latest Unreal engine, Optimus Prime voice god Peter Cullen and all developers High Moon Studios (Darkwatch, The Bourne Conspiracy) thought they needed was a little Energon and a lot of luck. Maybe that list should have included a few fresh ideas, too.
Transformers was always a mongrel franchise; the original toy range was cherry-picked from a range of different Japanese toy lines, and so perhaps it's appropriate that War For Cybertron has strip-mined the gaming trends of the last few years. The bulk of the gameplay has come from Halo: two-tier rechargeable shields, a loadout of two weapons plus grenades, and more glowing purple décor than an irradiated New Age emporium. The rest is all Gears of War "OMG look over there!" explodo-porn.
The mercurial robots take LA.
Choose your side, face the consequences.
Choose your class and loadout.
Raven Software's new time-bending shooter Singularity will be with us in June.
Activision has confirmed a new Transformers videogame is currently in development.
Transformers: War for Cybertron is set on the titular characters' home planet and tells the story of how our heroes came to arrive on Earth. It's being developed by High Moon Studios - previously responsible for The Bourne Conspiracy game.
"For the first time Hasbro is working with Activision to drive the Transformers fiction forward into new story arcs, demonstrating pivotal moments in Transformers history that defined who they are," said Hasbro's Aaron Archer. "This remarkable video game helps us to tell a critical event in Transformers lore that will be used as canon for future storylines in a way we could have only dreamed of a few years ago."