As to resources, the FOC game did try to lean into the idea that those left on Cybertron would have to go into either voluntary or forced stasis, since, in that, the planet was that low on Energon that Primus had literally shut his core down to purge himself of the Dark Energon infection Megs tried in the WFC game. So they at least trued to fudge an answer.
This is the worst possibility, because it's the point at which you admit that the time skip is serving no narrative purpose but you have to do it anyway, so you make everyone skip the time equally.
The actual purpose of a time skip is to have the world change around your characters so that it's unfamiliar to them and they have to adjust. Of course, Transformers has literally never done this and has almost always had a fish-out-of-water element that comes from the Transformers' being on Earth, while (rightly) ignoring the redundant and abstract disconnect with their own timeline. For that reason it's banned, sorry. Unless you're going to have some kind of evil empire or perfect and powerful utopia like the G2 Decepticons take over the galaxy while the heroes are stuck in a mountain, it's not the Ark crew's time that's being wasted, it's mine. = P
Animated repurposed the time skip as a short nap long enough to get Transformer technology in circulation on Earth, get Sari created, and have Megatron get really tired of being stuck in a wall, and deliberately made it short enough not to do anything else. Because, you know, the Animated team was competent, and actually capable of recognizing a dumb idea, choosing to keep it, and finding a way to make it a good idea instead. I'm not holding the average Transformers writer up to that expectation or inviting the disasters that would result from their attempt.
There's also another cause everyone forgets, though it's just as old as the energy shortage - Asteroid Blasting! Why not have Cybertron go careening through the asteroids again? (Other than screwing up the orbital mechanics of everything.)
Sometimes when we forget things it's on purpose for a reason Dekafox
Edited by Copper Bezel, 03 August 2020 - 01:56 AM.