author: Zbigniew Woznicki
Why You Can No Longer Buy Transformers Games?
Transformers: Devastation was supposed to be a great return of the famous classic animation IP. The game created by Platinum Games was appreciated by the fans. Suddenly, however, it completely vanished from sale.
Sometimes, one business decision can render thousands of hours worth of developer's work. A perfect example of this is Platinum Games studio and one of their games, Transformers: Devastation. The game that returned to the roots and, in the eyes of fans, elevated the franchise to new heights. The story was explained in detail in a video by GameStories channel.
Transformers: Devastation launched in 2015 and immediately won the hearts of fans, as evidenced by the ratings on Metacritic. Cell-shaded graphics reminiscent of the animation from the 80s and the dynamic combat system, the hallmark of Platinum Games, made Transformers: Devastation a worthy representative of the popular universe.
Two years after the release, however, the game literally disappeared from all channels of distribution, overnight. Fans were confused, and those who had postponed the purchase suddenly lost the opportunity. The reason turned out to be prosaic, unrelated to Platinum Games and the game's sales. Hasbro, the holder of the rights to the IP, didn't renew its contract with Activision.
The end of licensing meant that not only Transformers: Devastation, but also games, such as Transformers: War for Cybertron and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, had to disappear from sale. The worst part of this story, however, was the message provided by Hasbro itself. At the moment, the corporation is not interested in licensing Transformers to any video game developer at all. This means that older games will not reappear in official sales, while new games will not be developed.