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Why Activision’s Transformers games are no longer digitally available

ByJohn Y. White

Jan 11, 2018

Activision’s Transformers suite of games, including Transformers: War for Cybertron from High Moon Studios and Transformers Devastation from Platinum Games, vanished from digital markets like PSN, the Xbox Store, and Steam in late 2017. And there’s a simple explanation for this. Hasbro confirmed to IGN that its contract with Activision to publish Transformers games has expired. However, Hasbro is not currently discussing its plans, if any, for Transformers games on PC and consoles in the future. However, several mobile games, including Transformers: Forged to Fight, are still in the works.

IGN has reached out to Activision for more details on the contract expiration and will update this story if they respond.Twitter user Lashman first spotted the withdrawal of Transformers games from Steam in late 2017.

The demise of games from digital markets has already happened, especially for licensed games – Activision’s Marvel games like Deadpool, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and many more were taken off the list of digital stores in 2014. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, another licensed Activision. game, also disappeared from online marketplaces in 2017.

Expiring contracts are probably the cause of these disappearances, but we rarely get any real confirmation from the companies involved as to what happened to the availability of these games. It’s unclear what will happen to Transformers on consoles in the future, or if Hasbro will choose to keep the franchise as a mobile-focused series for now.

Activision has been releasing modern Transformers games on consoles and PC since 2007 with Transformers: The Game, a tie-in to Michael Bay’s live-action movie. But Activision quickly let developer High Moon Studios give the series its own original take on Transformers: War for Cybertron in 2010. IGN gave War for Cybertron a 9.0, praising the game’s take on the Transformers mythos as well as its sound. gameplay. The series then spawned several sequels, ending in 2014 with Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.

Jonathon Dornbush is associate editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @jmdornbush.

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