Niantic has just announced a brand new mobile AR game in partnership with Hasbro and TOMY, called Transformers: Heavy Metal.
Transformers: Heavy Metal uses the Niantic Lightship platform, Niantic’s client platform that enables AR tech, social experiences, and location mapping, and is primarily developed by Seattle-based studio Very Very Spaceship.
We haven’t seen much of how these elements apply to Heavy Metal yet, but a couple of screenshots revealed today suggest elements familiar to players of Ingress or Pokemon Go, such as one-on-one battles and encountering characters while exploring a real-world map. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will play a role in the game.
Transformers: Heavy Metal
The game puts players into the “Guardian Network,” a group of humans who have teamed up with the Autobots to fight the Decepticons. You’ll fight Decepticons in turn-based battles both alone and with friends, and will explore the real world to find resources.
Transformers: Heavy Metal is planned for a global launch later this year, but Niantic hasn’t yet said which storefronts it will be made available on. A soft launch is planned for select markets soon, with TOMY partnering with Niantic to bring the game to Japan.
Niantic has been busy lately, with Pokemon Go still going strong through 2020 and in-game events still continuing, including another annual Pokemon Go Fest coming soon. The company also announced a 5G-exclusive game demo recently called Codename: Urban Legends and has also collaborated with Nintendo for a Pikmin AR game. In total, Niantic has ten real-world games under development.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.