Pokemon GO dev Niantic announces new Transformers mobile title

More than meets the WiFi

Niantic, the studio behind mobile phenomenon Pokemon GO, has revealed that it is working alongside developer Very Very Spaceship to produce a brand new augmented reality game, this time set in the Transformers universe.

Transformers: Heavy Metal is expected to follow a similar path to Niantic’s other releases, allowing players to track down and battle Autobots and Decepticons in battles found within real-world locations. Niantic’s tried-and-tested software engine, Lightship, will power the new game. Players will side with the Autobots as part of the “Guardian Network”, going head-to-head against the ferocious might of the villainous Deceptions.

“Transformers is the perfect franchise for AR,” said Niantic CEO John Hanke. “Battling and interacting with giant robots in the real world will be an amazing experience. We want to live up to the high expectations of Transformers fans around the world and bring them a game unlike anything they’ve played before.”

Niantic, which is already beavering away at several games including Pokemon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and a brand new Pikmin collaboration with Nintendo, expects Transformers: Heavy Metal launch later in 2021, after incoming trials in selected territories. Pre-registration is available over on the official Transformers: Heavy Metal site.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.