May 27, 2024

Hasbro Wants Classic Transformers Games on Xbox Game Pass


  • Hasbro expressed interest in bringing back classic Transformers games on services like PC Game Pass, recognizing the potential for its earlier titles to make a comeback.
  • Activision’s expired licensing deal led to delisted Transformers games being pulled from digital stores, but Hasbro hopes that Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard might change the situation.
  • Despite the uncertainty surrounding the availability of the delisted games, Hasbro’s active interest in revitalizing earlier Transformers titles is an encouraging sign for gamers and suggests a potential for a AAA video game treatment in the future.

Hasbro has stated that it would want to have some of its Activision-published Transformers games on a service like PC Game Pass. The franchise’s popularity has grown over the years thanks in large part to the slew of movies. Now, with Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in theaters, interest in Transformers has prompted questions on the possibility of classic games making a reappearance.

While Transformers: Rise of the Beasts hasn’t taken the world by storm, the excitement around the franchise doesn’t appear to be waning, as Hasbro itself has expressed interest in expanding the series. It’s worth noting that Transformers is no stranger to gaming, with titles dating back to as far as 1985. However, not many of these titles have managed to shine in the same way as some of the other popular IPs might have over the years. But Hasbro believes that some of its earlier games are ripe for making an interesting comeback on modern services.

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Back in 2017, Activision’s Transformers licensing deal with Activision expired and prompted games like Transformers: Devastation and Transformers: War for Cybertron to be pulled from all digital stores. Commenting on the possibility of the delisted Transformers games coming back to storefronts, Hasbro expressed excitement in seeing the Activision-published titles on a service like Game Pass. At San Diego Comic-Con 2023, the Hasbro team stated that those games are “an easy Game Pass add” and that the company wants “those games back up for people to have a chance to play.”

However, according to Hasbro, it appears this might not be possible at the moment, as Activision itself is unsure where the games are stored in the publisher’s building. “When a company eats a company that eats a company things get lost, and that’s very frustrating,” the company states further. Nevertheless, with Microsoft’s pending Activision Blizzard acquisition looking favorable, Hasbro hopes that it might change its luck. While the outcome of the deal may not guarantee the delisted game making a comeback on Game Pass, the company could likely be more inclined to push the games onto its service, particularly considering the appeal of the franchise.

Interestingly, there are already a few titles on the way in the form of Transformers: EarthSpark – Expedition from Tessera Studios and Splash Damage’s Transformers: Reactivate. The franchise even got the Fortnite treatment with an Optimus Prime skin on Fortnite‘s Chapter 4 Season 3 Battle Pass. Of course, only time will tell if the franchise gets the AAA video game treatment similar to other franchises like Star Wars. But the fact that Hasbro is actively interested in revitalizing some of its earlier Transformers titles is an encouraging sign for gamers.

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