War for Cybertron erupts June 22

High Moon Studios' Transformers origin story scheduled to roll into stores for 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC.

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Transformers: War for Cybertron is ready to roll out June 22. Activision revealed the release date for its first original game based on the morphing robot series this week in a trailer offering a glimpse at the game's multiplayer modes.

Scholars believe the war for Cybertron was so bitterly fought because the losers would be exiled to Gobotron.
Scholars believe the war for Cybertron was so bitterly fought because the losers would be exiled to Gobotron.

While Activision has produced a number of Transformers games since it first acquired the license four years ago, those titles were directly based on the animated series or Michael Bay's big-budget feature films. War for Cybertron takes a different tack, portraying an event often referenced but rarely depicted in the brand's various treatments: the Autobot-Decepticon civil war on the robots' home planet.

Set for launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, DS, and PC, War for Cybertron will feature two story arcs, one with the heroic Autobots trying to save the planet, and the other with the Decepticons in destructive pursuit of power. In addition to single-player action, the game features online co-op play, as well as head-to-head multiplayer modes. A Wii version of the game is also planned but carries the title Transformers: Cybertron Adventures.

Activision entrusted development duties for War for Cybertron to High Moon Studios. Originally an internal studio for Sega Sammy, High Moon gained its independence long enough to create the horror-themed first-person shooter Darkwatch for Capcom. The studio was acquired by Vivendi Games in 2006 to make The Bourne Conspiracy and joined the Activision fold in 2008 when the two publishers merged. The developer of the previous Transformers game, Luxoflux, was closed by Activision in February.

For more on War for Cybertron, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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