At the SDCC, designers and voice actors from the upcoming video game Transformers: Fall of Cybertron presented fans with never-before-seen clips and information on one of the most anticipated games of the year. Fall of Cybertron is the sequel to the popular 2010 video game War for Cybertron. If you played War, you know that at the end the good guys lost. In Fall, we'll see how the Autobots deal with giving up their home, which is falling apart all around them.
Several designers from High Moon Studios explained that, while Fall of Cybetron builds off of War for Cybertron's engine, gameplay has evolved. There will be more of an emphasis on exploring your environment and engaging with the world as opposed to just shooting everything. The several preview clips the team showed backed up this assertion; there seem to be extended sequences of gameplay where you're just interacting with other characters or examining your surroundings. Other changes include a more combat-oriented Optimus Prime, who's been forced into battle after the events of War, and a totally customizable build-your-own-Transformer mode in multiplayer.
Designers also noted that it was important for players to come to understand the characters as they control them, so there will be more emphasis on personal development here. In fact, High Moon said that this is the most emotion they've ever put into a video game. In particular, the game aims to convey a huge sense of loss (so it's gonna be a downer). It seems that War is moving into more epic adventure game territory.
Classic Transformers voice actor Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime and many others) said that Fall of Cybertron is the most involved story out of anything he's ever done, even noting that when he first saw gameplay footage his jaw dropped. When asked how Cullen got back into his classic character for the game, he smiled and said, "I just had to be Optimus."
Original series voice actor Gregg Berger was also present; for the game, he'll be reprising the role of the angry Dinobot Grimlock. Berger explained that in the game Grimlock will be a little different than his 1980s counterpart—for one, his grammar has improved—but there are definitely still similarities. Berger said he loves playing a character with no filter but who still has a bit of sweetness to him. He cited Grimlock's capacity to go "ready-fire-aim." "He's not hot-headed," Berger said, "just single-minded." Of the game, Berger said that its interactivity is mind-blowing.
Speaking to the power of the beings in Transformers, Cullen put it simply: "All these characters are components of who we want to be." Of the game, he added: "A lot of homework is going to get missed."
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will be released on August 21, 2012 from High Moon Studios.