Hasbro has shown interest in making the best Transformers games readily available on modern platforms. The problem is that Activision has “lost” them, angering Hasbro and all fans who want to replay these gems.
In an interview with Transformers World 2005, the team at Hasbro revealed they want to re-release games like War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron. However, that’s currently not possible because Activision lost them, revealing the company doesn’t know which hard drives these games are on.
“Sadly, apparently Activision’s not sure what hard drives they’re on in their building,” Hasbro revealed. “When a company eats a company that eats a company things get lost, and that’s very frustrating.”
Right now, the hope is that the merger with Microsoft will have people going through all these archives and finding these beloved Transformers games. Like many fans, Hasbro wants to make these games available to the public and profit from them.
Prior to Call of Duty becoming their main focus, Activision was home to numerous licensed games. From Marvel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the company released a ton of these titles.
While some of those titles were good, fans felt that the Transformers games stood out amongst the crowd. Both War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron are considered some of the best third-person shooters in the sixth generation of consoles. Activision also published the excellent Transformers: Devastation, developed by PlatinumGames, which was just Bayonetta with Optimus Prime and it was amazing.
Unfortunately, we haven’t had a good game in the franchise since these titles were released. Fans probably don’t remember Transformers: Battlegrounds, which was a mediocre strategy game. We’re also getting Transformers: Earthspark - Expedition, which looks competent but won’t blow anyone away.
Activision is also going through its own issues, as they confessed that Diablo 4 Season 1 is a bad time. They also had to sign a 10-year deal with PlayStation to bring Call of Duty to PS5 so that Sony would stop complaining about the merger.
Only time will tell if we ever get these Transformers games again. Here’s hoping that’s the case.