In phoning in (literally) its 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference, Activision Blizzard announced new installments in a slew of franchises for 2010. While James Bond, Spider-Man, and Tony Hawk drew most of the attention at the time, the publisher also tipped its hand on a new Transformers game.
Today, Activision officially announced Transformers: War for Cybertron, saying the game will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PC in 2010. The publisher's High Moon Studios has been tasked with development duties. The studio is best known for 2008's well-regarded Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy, as well as the original Xbox and PlayStation 2 title Darkwatch from 2005.
Activision is billing its latest Transformers game as an origins story and sees gamers journeying to the planet Cybertron as the Autobots and Decepticons engage in a gripping civil war. As the game is set prior to the war spreading to Earth, gamers will also see the robots transforming into their original Cybertronian forms. A teaser trailer for the game below shows an Optimus Prime that leans closer to aesthetic of the original cartoon and toy line than the recent films.
War for Cybertron will feature two original story arcs. The first sees gamers picking up with the heroic Autobots, who are severely outgunned in their effort to save the planet. The second campaign indulges gamers' destructive side as the megalomaniacal Decepticons. In addition to single-player action, War for Cybertron features online co-op play, as well as head-to-head multiplayer battling.