Transformers: Heavy Metal Announced by Pokemon Go’s Niantic

Today, Niantic revealed it has partnered with Hasbro and TOMY for the augmented reality mobile game Transformers: Heavy Metal. Like its previous games, including the immensely popular Pokemon Go, Transformers: Heavy Metal will bring the robots in disguise to the real world using a mobile device. While specific details are slim, it is said that you will be able to team up with other Autobots like Bumblebee, and that it is powered by the Niantic Lightship platform.

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“In thinking about franchises that would be incredible to bring to life in AR, Transformers was a no-brainer,” said Niantic Executive Producer Phil Hong. “This will be a Transformers game unlike any other, an AR game where you’ll get to team up with the likes of Bumblebee and the Autobots in the real world, powered by the Niantic Lightship platform.”

Along with its partnership with Hasbro and TOMY, Niantic is working alongside the Seattle-based development studio Very Very Spaceship.

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While specific dates for Transformers: Heavy Metal are not yet known, the brief FAQ found on the game’s official site says it will enter “soft launch” in select regions soon. If you’re feeling up to it, you can register an email address on the site to receive updates. This will let you know when the game will be available in your country. There are also a number of social media accounts that will surely keep you updated on Niantic’s newest endeavor.