In their ongoing efforts to print money, global gaming companies Hasbro and their subsidiary Wizards of the Coast are set to release a new trading card game based on the globally renowned Transformers franchise. The trading card game space (or TCG) is exceptionally well traversed by these companies, who continue to publish the definitive TCG in Magic: The Gathering. Should they bring the design sensibilities and innovation acquired over the twenty years of Magic development, it is hard to imagine that Transformers will not be a breakout success when it is first released later this year at Comic-Con International and GenCon.
At this stage, details about gameplay and format are relatively scant, but the game is designed for a younger TCG audience of ages 8 and up, making it more of a competitor to Pokemon than to Magic itself. Like most of the other games in this genre, the TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game will be a two-player battling card game, where players combine a team of classic and iconic Transformer character cards with a customizable deck of action, upgrade and enhancement battle cards.
Uniquely, the Transformer character cards are oversized and can be flipped from bot mode to alt mode and back. One suspects that the characters function similarly to Commanders in Magic the Gathering in this way. The central focus on the characters as the driving force within the game allows the TCG to draw on the massive lore and history of the Transformers IP.
The Transformers TCG will launch with the Autobots Starter Set, which will contain enough cards for two players to begin gameplay, and feature cult classic characters like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Booster packs will also be available on release, to enable players to customise their character card teams and battle card decks. Each Booster Pack will contain a character card and seven battle cards from a pool of 40 character cards and 81 battle cards. Launch in US markets will commence late September.
In the meantime, limited quantities of the Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition will be available for purchase at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego and at GenCon 2018 in Indianapolis. The Convention Edition will feature characters and battle cards that won’t otherwise be available in the starter or booster packs.