LIVE: Angst O Tron
Rumours! Some just too awesome to believe, from some dude on a TF forum who says he saw this gooseberry fool at PAX so should be legit but could also be total arse. WfC2 -> Possible names floated were "Fall of Cybertron", "Revolution", "Darkest Hour", with "Fall of Cybertron" understandably getting most votes. (Addendum- Looks like I indirectly named the game!)
-Graphics AMAZING. Alpha build looked as good as finished WfC.
-More varied settings. Organic-looking planetscape, battlefield of ancient HUGE Transformers- buildings actually decrepit limbs, torso, etc., Cybertron looking really worn down.
-Daylight, not all just "deep dark space" backdrop.
-Many, MANY more troops on screen at a time. Footage of Optimus in turret holding back hordes of genericons.
-Some wide open battlefields as opposed to tight, littered spaces in WfC.
-Far more customization in multiplayer: In addition to wider color spectrum, armor parts can be swapped out to change appearance (and possibly abilities and stats, was a point of the focus group) for both robot and vehicle mode.
-Abilities matter more in Solo Campaign
-Optimus and Megatron both completely overhauled- Optimus slowly evolving toward G1 look with shoulder smokestacks and more windshield-y chest (armored truck vehicle mode a bit like WWI Grimlock, silver stripes), Megatron just becoming sort of demonic. Megatron looks like WfC model with lots of spiky, Dark Energon infused armor (looks a little like Cybertron Megatron), more bulky than WfC version. Vehicle mode looks like silver, black, purple pseudo-clawed cannon tank from hell.
SOLO CAMPAIGN NOTES
-Decepticons apparently overrunning Cybertron or whichever planet...
-Jazz has own mission at one point, uses MTMTE wrist grappling hook to zip around like Spider-Man from tower to tower.
-Jazz uses same model as from WfC multiplayer, more or less.
-Shockwave figures into story significantly at least at start.
-Grimlock and Dinobots messed with by Shockwave, which is why they already look like dinosaurs instead of vehicles. (Beast Machines looking, asked if look was okay, another point of focus group) Insecticons also a Shockwave experiment.
-Grimlock's story starts with Starscream (who apparently has a Decepticon warrant on his head or something like that) accidentally freeing him from a large chamber. Looks like he's not on Cybertron, might be trying to hunt down Shockwave.
-Grimlock has different play style than others- Almost all melee, using big sword and new matching laser shield. Transforms PAINFULLY from robot to T-Rex, kind of like Banner becoming Hulk, with fiery lighting coming from underneath metal panels as they shift, and changes slower than others.
-T-Rex mode looks AWESOME. A lot like G2 version drawn by Yaniger, with two rows of spikes running along back. Uses modern T-Rex stance. Barb on tail, looks like diamond drillbit. Moves include firebreath, tailwhip, and capable of stomping and chomping guys. Also, bigger than most every Autobot.
-"Last Prime" is the only one who can activate Metroplex. Prime racing to Metroplex core reminiscent of Tidal Wave exploration in Armada game. No info on reason for activation, except possibly to stomp incoming armies.
-Metroplex HUGE, looks a lot like Studio OX depiction- not as different as other WfC overhauls.
-Metroplex PLAYABLE. STEPS ON DECEPTICON ARMIES, CARRIES HIS HUGE RIFLES.
-All five Combaticons playable. Onslaught and Brawl a given, Vortex shown in Cybertron helicopter mode dodging lots of shots then dropping right into a group of Autobots and firing away. No Blast Off gameplay shown.
-All five Combaticons FORM BRUTICUS. Combination quite awesome- All five jump out of Decepticon air carrier, Brawl and Swindle first, forming legs before they hit the ground, Onslaught lands on them as he forms torso, then Vortex and Blast-Off fly straight into the arm sockets one after another and head pops out. VERY awesome.
-Bruticus PLAYABLE. Shown stomping through bridges and defenses to breach Autobot base.
-In at least one mission, Prime can call down orbital strikes- may actually be delayed shots from Metroplex, hard to tell, but big explosion, very impressive.
PROMO ART NOTES
-Pieces of promo concept art shown:
-Optimus in front, Grimlock in T-Rex mode towering behind him to the right, with Megatron, Starscream, Shockwave coming out of a vortex sky on the left. Optimus always in revised body, Megatron in old one in these.
-Same Decepticon backdrop with M, St, Sh, but with Prime on the right holding Bumblebee who has a big smoking hole in his chest and blacked out eyes.
-Grimlock in T-Rex mode wrecking the hell out of an Insecticon hive thing from the inside, with a swarm of Bombshells, Shrapnels, and Kickbacks coming for him.
-Just a big closeup of Optimus in new body staring at you.
-One really stunning picture of the graveyard with unknown Transformer standing on a HUGE half-buried hand staring out on a field of other "buildings".