Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Activision’s curious Transformers cross Bayformers mash-up Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is set to start an intergalactic war on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 from 24th June in North America and 27th June in Europe. In an effort to appease old-school fans and younger players, the weighty robotic wrestling match will feature characters and designs from both the original toy line and Michael Bay’s more bombastic movies. It sounds like a mismatch made on the Planet of Junk from where we’re sitting, but we suppose that it’s not the first time that the publisher’s dared to be stupid.

Nevertheless, if you pre-order the game now from North American retailer GameStop or offshoot EB Games, you’ll accrue access to the Weathered Warrior pack, which includes two exclusive weapons, in addition to Decepticon characters Thundercracker and Skywarp, who you’ll be able to employ in multiplayer. Give us control of the acrophobic Silverbolt, and we’ll blast that dastardly duo right out of the sky. Well, maybe.

Despite the fast approaching release date, we still don’t actually know a whole lot about this game, which is deploying alongside new flick Transformers: Age of Extinction. Speculation suggests that competent port house Edge of Reality – the team responsible for converting the original Mass Effect to the PS3 – is handling development duties, but that still hasn’t been officially announced. Either way, expect it to be built from the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron blueprints, but perhaps without the tender loving care of High Moon Studios at the helm.