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Remember the G1 Transformers video game that we were all so excited about? Well forget it.
Just found this on TFormers.com
Contrary to the recent article in Play Station magazine this month, We have been informed by an official at Takara that the Transformers G1 "Tatakai" game being developed by Winkysoft will NOT be released in the USA. According to Takara " We have decided that G1 would not publish in the US, it will be available only in Japan."
(As usual in a case of imported goods, read "USA" as "North America." In this case, it looks like those of us (i.e., Transfans) in the UK will also be out of luck.)
Any possible logic
behind this decision is beyond my ability to comprehend. The fandom is currently speculating whether the decision was Takara's (in Japan) or Hasbro's (in the US). Either way, this is at least half the fandom that's just been frozen out in the wasteland.
It sounds though like the Armada game from Atari is still coming out here though. Hopefully it'll be better than the show (it'd kinda have
In other news, it seems that Tom DeSanto (one of the massive throbbing brains behind the potential upcoming Transformers live-action movie) is a fan of the old Marvel comics continuity, according to Superhero Hype
To explain: Transformers G1 spans at least three different continuities. Most of us are probably familiar with the G1 Toon
continuity, but the US comics
and UK comics
are very highly regarded among the fandom, often considered to be superior to the cartoon in most respects. By avowing his preference for the comics, DeSanto has gained an impressive measure of "street cred" among the Transfan community.
While a familiarity with the comics shouldn't be necessary (any more than an in-depth knowledge of the X-Men comics was necessary to enjoy the X-Movies), it does imply that DeSanto knows his stuff, and will be trying to capture the more adult and intellectual aspects of the Transformers mythos, rather than the more human-oriented stories of the cartoon.
This has also triggered speculation that Autobots Ratchet and Grimlock will almost certainly be in the movie (which is sure to omit much of the G1 cast, due to FX Budgetary considerations). Ratchet and Grimlock, though only bit players in the toon, were both central figures in the comic.
Comics-Grimlock was much
more intelligent and cunning than his "Grimlock smash!" cartoon persona. His utter lack of faith in Optimus' abilities mark him almost as an Autobot counterpart to Starscream.
Comics-Ratchet was especially badass in the comics, even facing off with (and holding his own against) Megatron himself.