Transformers Universe Shutting Down

Team-based MMO closing down for good on January 31 as Jagex moves to focus on its own IP.

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Team-based PC MMO Transformers Universe is shutting down, publisher Jagex announced Tuesday in a blog post on the game's website.

Jagex confirmed that the decision to close Transformers Universe was made together with license owner Hasbro. Moving forward, Jagex will focus on its own IP such as RuneScape, while Hasbro said it plans to "pursue alternative digital gaming opportunities," including the recently announced Transformers: Battle Tactics for mobile devices.

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"If there are any staffing issues that arise out of this additional level of restructuring, then we will discuss them with the parties concerned first and foremost," a Jagex representative told GamesIndustry International. "As ever, we will make any possible outcomes public, but only at the appropriate time."

The shutdown of Transformers Universe begins today. As part of the movie, all players who purchased a Founders Pack, as well as those who bought relic bundles and starter packs, will receive refunds. On top of that, the game is no longer accepting new players.

Transformers Universe will close once and for all on January 31, 2015. You can read a full goodbye note to fans at the game's website.

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I was expecting to be happen sooner or later since their content was not much attractive which focused on pvp rather than pve content since balance was not there to begin with. Anyways, It was satisfactory experience overall since I joined from closed beta as well.

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Please if you guys would like to try to keep this game going sign the petition. There are many people who did not get to even try the game as you can see in the comments. If you want to continue playing it or want to play because you never got the chance let's at least try and save it.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Wait this was a game?

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Jagex has some very skilled and talented staff......... and sometimes they actually use them....

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Jagex has some very talented and skilled people .........and sometime they actually use them.

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You cant just make a Generic game call it an mmo and slap a Big License name on it...Try again Hasbro...let a real development team take a shot at making a Transformers MMO and do it right next time!

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And nobody shred tears on it, game did not came out from beta even because it was awful.

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I didn't even know there was a Transformers MMO.

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This probably isn't surprising I'm not sure a lot of ppl were aware this game was up and running I was aware of it when it was announced i just wasn't aware it had been released.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It has been in open beta for many months now.

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Well I wasn't aware of it lol. If I had known I would've played it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh well, too late now. I guess you could watch videos on YouTube to see how the gameplay is.

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Well... THAT didn't last long.


Seriously, the whole Transformers franchise has been run into the ground with some really stupid decisions. Having grown up with the G-1 series and loving it, it's a sad thing to behold. What's even more sad is that this MMO was never even on my radar screen. All I can do is shrug and remember how great Transformers used to be.

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Great marketing of a mega IP.

Who knew it existed?

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haha nice "movie" typo.....Transformers the movie was awesome, the one from the 80's I mean

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lol, I didn't even know this game was actually up and running! I Swear I passed over some tid-bit a couple years ago (maybe?) about some TransFormers MMO... but honestly I thought it never came about or died before release. Hell even as I starting to read this article, I was reading it as though the game hadn't even made it out of developments or testing. But judging by the responses from other gamers here, I am not the only one who didn't even know this game existed. I guess we know why they are shutting it down.

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Okay this video review may help. No wonder they are ending it, it's total rubbish.

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man, I ma so glad I have an accuont on this ... ^^


in case u dont know, its a gundam.capsule.fighter clone type o game

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Never heard of this!


Just thinking... If anyone ever watched beast wars wouldn't a RPG be pretty cool, playing thru the seasons of that. have your own custom character to either fight on the maximals, and predacons, and you go thru that story. I would play the $hit out of that.

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never heard of it!!

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wts r2h 500k

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never heard of it.

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I didn't know this even existed??

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Needs Xbox One exclusive.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yea, Xbox One sure needs a game that's gonna be dead in a month.

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As someone who has actually played this I am shocked that they are dropping it so soon. Like Runescape they've done virtually nothing to advertise it this year so if they are lacking players that is the reason. As I can see from the comments virtually noone knew you could play the beta.


I didnt have a lot of time with this game but from what I played it was actually pretty good and responsive considering the amount of action going on. Every other MMO i've played always seems to suffer from that half second delay (Runescape especially) after clicking or trying to do an action.


A real shame they didnt push forward with this more, although it did focus a lot on microtransactions which could have been the reason to drop it. Now that the games industry knows everyone hates freemium games

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's probably true that the marketing wasn't as widespread and I was shocked with the announcement on the site as well. And it's not 'virtually noone' that didn't know about the game.. just these dudes who commented "never heard of it" plus others of course. Still dunno for sure the official reason for pulling the plug on this game... but we all were wondering what was going on without new updates or patches or new warriors being released. It's a shame and many people are unhappy about it.


But I have to disagree that this game focuses on micro-transactions... it's Free to play. You don't have to buy anything... just that there are Founders and you can get Starter Packs and Relic packs if you don't want to work through it. At least they are refunding Founders, etc. That's the upside to this news.

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This was even a thing?

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I didn't even know this released

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did anyone actually played this?

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Did this even ever get released?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> No it's still in beta mode... never to be released now.

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Here is an EPIC Review of the game and they predicted it would fail ;)

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Good thing they aren't taking Michael Bay with him.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> no bad thing death of bay's transformers is very much needed

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" no bad thing death of bay's transformers is very much needed"


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I didn't even know there was a Transformers MMO. Weird.

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To be fair the game looked like garbage from the start.....

I like the Transformers and all but IDK, to me it kinda feels like a crappy time to be a TF fan.....what with Bay releasing trash movies, games coming out that are trash.....imagine if WFC and FOC was done by a better dev team and publisher like maybe the guys who do the Mafia games....at least then you know the story would be good and they'd bust their asses to make a fun game....I thought WFC was okay but nothing special, definitely some BS parts made it a bitch to play though like the entire Autobot campaign good gods....

the thought of a TF MMO doesn't appeal top me...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> the franchise went downhill after transformers animated. animated despite its flaws kept the main fan base intact while attracting others. the culprit is simply the bay films and everything influenced by it. that's what happens when you sell out. sure you get alot of money in the short run but at what cost? the 2 games that came out for the ps2 were great. (a shame that only one was ever released in america) everything after that got the bay touch. sure the movies did great in the box office (despite being crap) but then toy wise, all the kids and new fans knew were the optimus prime and bumblebee. everything else was suppose to be picked up by the actual fan base that grew up with the franchise. the first movie game was alright then after that, i felt like i wasted several hours of my life on its successors. WFC brought back a possible promising future as a successful, less hated, non michael bay reboot. and then they threw it out the window...the mmo was a good concept based on what i saw but who would play it? the fanbase that got insulted for the past several years? or the newbies that only know bumblebee and optimus prime? regardless of that, they hardly advertised it at all. the only reason i know about it was because of tfw2005.com

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Its like someone that hated TF fans, and TF is running this!

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Yeah, that mobile game Transformers: Battle Tactics is definitely a step in the right direction, lol. Why let High Moon Studios set up High (Moon) standards when you can make a mobile F2P game? Hasbro shows the same brilliant thinking here that Games Workshop do with the Warhammer franchise, I can't wait to see what kind of other projects they both are up to.

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shoulda brought it to consoles

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<< LINK REMOVED >> a real MMO on console would be awesome, not this Destiny BS, but a RPGMMO of transformers would be pretty cool on console minus Bay,

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This was a thing?

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Seems a waste considering the amount of work that went into the game, surely the game could be salvaged and handled to the developers who worked on War For/Fall Of Cybertron, maybe they could turn the game into a proper sequel to Fall Of Cybertron, unlike that movie junk that came out to coincide with the recent Bay movie. Just seems such a waste.

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