Optimus Prime, the leader of the Transformers, lives by the code "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." Hasbro, the makers of Transformers, have a similar code: "Franchise tie-ins are the right of all video game consoles." Hence why we have another Transformers game coming our way in October.
Transformers: Battlegrounds was announced earlier today via a press release distributed by Hasbro. Coatsink, the U.K.-based studio behind indie titles like Phogs! and Night Sky is handling development. A Battlegrounds trailer was released today, but we don't learn a lot about the game in the 30-second reel. Battlegrounds' press release notes it's a "tactical" game. Indeed, in the trailer we see famous Transformers like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee "team up and roll out into battles that will rage from Central City to Cybertron in both single player and multiplayer action."
Battlegrounds' graphics appear to be simplistic for a current-gen game, but there's a lot of movement. The trailer shows off an action-packed shot where the Autobots and the evil Decepticons whizz around a top-down view of a suburb, where they engage in a firefight. The packed screen and "Battlegrounds" moniker lead me to wish the multiplayer aspect of the game is a battle royale mode, where Autobots and Decepticons duke it out until "one shall stand." The top-down view would make it a different experience from popular battle royale titles like Fortnite and PUBG.
A Transformers battle royale is a nice fantasy, but it might be a bit ambitious for Coatsink. Choose your side when Transformers: Battlegrounds comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 23.