A new Transformers cartoon series is coming to the gigantic franchise. Hasbro announced Transformers: Combiner Wars will debut on Machinima as a digital series targeted at a teen and adult audience.
Based on the toyline, IDW’s current Transformers comics and the upcoming video game Transformers: Devastation, the series will see Optimus Prime and the Autobots dealing with the emergence of gestalt technology, where several transformers merge into one being. Both the Autobots and Decepticons have several teams of combiners, though the Decepticons often are the only ones that do so in most media. The most famous combiner in Transformers lore is Devastator, a gestalt made up of the Decepticon team called Constructicons. They were fan favourite characters in the G1 cartoon series and (poorly) brought to life in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Machinima and Hasbro executives had this to say about the announcement:
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring one of the biggest franchises in the world to Machinima. Our audiences are huge fans of the comics, movies, toys and video games, and for us to continue the legend with the Combiner Wars is a unique storytelling opportunity,” said Machinima’s Chief Creative Officer Daniel Tibbets.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Machinima on this groundbreaking, new digital series,” said Tom Warner, Senior Vice President for the Transformers franchise for Hasbro. “As one of the top global producers and distributors of digital entertainment, they’re the perfect partner to help launch a totally new kind of Transformers animation—one that, for the first time ever, is specifically designed for the teen and adult fans who’ve grown up loving the Transformers brand. We look forward to delivering amazing action, storytelling and characterization that these fans demand, as the Combiner Wars play out across toys, comics, digital games and of course, the brand new animated digital series.”
What is very intriguing is the fact this series will be promoted directly for a teen and adult audience. Even the more mature Transformers series, such as Beast Wars or Transformers Prime, have still been marketed towards younger fans of the franchise. Perhaps the tone of the new digital series will more resemble High Moon Studio’s Transformers video games, seen in War for Cybertron and its sequel Fall of Cybertron. Both games were very different from most depictions of Transformers by offering a grimmer look of the war between the Autobots and Decipticons. Transformers fans should be very excited for what Transformers: Combiner Wars may bring.