WayForward Developing “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” for 3DS

Anticipating the console versions of Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, but also want a handheld version? Have no fear, WayForward Technologies is here! While Edge of Reality will be handling the console versions, WayForward will be developing the Nintendo 3DS version. Courtesy of Silicon Era interviewing Adam Tierney (Director) and Shannon Hatakeda (Producer at Way Forward), the 3DS version will be a strategy RPG instead of being a third-person shooter.

Melee combat will be turn-based combat, with each unit given three rounds to do as much damage as possible. Seven attacks can be chosen to use, but there’s a charge meter that’ll make the attack more effective if you let it fill up. In addition to that, the campaign alternates between Autobot and Decepticon, each Transformer having their own specialty and “Super Move”.

“For example Optimus Prime’s Vanguard is able to pull the enemy’s attention to himself in order to give other units time to heal or move to a safer location,” [WayForward] shared. “For every mission you are given a set amount of Energon which each unit can take to activate their Super Move, so you have to be strategically careful on how often and which Super Move you use.”
WayForward say they looked at “most of the major games” in the strategy RPG genre on the market, especially on the Nintendo 3DS, while developing Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. At the same time, because of the license, they wanted it to be a game could be enjoyed by people that don’t normally play strategy RPGs as well.
“We wanted to make sure that this would be a game that any Transformers fans could enjoy, even those not well-versed in games of this genre, which is why it was important to amp things up in the combat sequences,” [Silicon Ear was] told.

While the sprites will appear 2D on the map, they’ll be 3D when you enter combat, as seen in one of the screenshots below.
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark rolls out to retail on June 24, 2014.