New Details Rise for Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark

Could be the closest we get to a Western release of Super Robot Wars

New details on Activision's latest Transformers title, Rise of the Dark Spark, have emerged in the most recent issue of Game Informer, including the first basic information on WayForward's 3DS version of the game. WayForward is best known among Nintendo fans for its Shantae and Mighty Switch Force! series, and the 3DS iteration will be a grid-based tactical RPG in the vein of the popular Japan-only (for the most part) Super Robot Wars franchise, with over 50 playable Transformers to choose from.

The home console and PC version of Rise of the Dark Spark will take place in both the movie-based Transformers universe and the video game universe based on 2010's War for Cybertron and 2012's Fall of Cybertron games. The Movieverse half of the game will take place during and after the events of the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction film. The Cybertron half will take place before the launch of the Ark in Fall of Cybertron; the home console/PC version's gameplay will follow in Fall of Cybertron's third-person shooter footsteps.

This will be Texas studio Edge of Reality's first entry in the series, after High Moon Studios' surprisingly well-received Transformers trilogy. Edge of Reality will try to build off High Moon's legacy, introducing a new "Unified Levelling System" where unlocks and experience points are universal between the main campaign mode and Escalation mode. In Escalation mode, there are now "Power Foe" boss characters who will appear if you last long enough. Escalation will also feature "Hacks," customisable settings like higher enemy health, or every robot becoming a massive explosion upon death.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be available on 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 4, PS3, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, with a summer release to coincide with the Transformers: Age of Extinction movie. Are you considering picking it up on Wii U or 3DS?

[via nintendoeverything.com, tfw2005.com, gameinformer.com]