Bad news for Chinese players as Transformers Online from Tencent games is to close. The first person multiplayer shooter featured characters from many different generations of Transformers but will go offline on February 13th 2020 having never made it to the West. This follows on the from the earlier closure of Transformers Online which was developed for the Asian market by Netdragon.
However, Transformers Online, which is being developed by Certain Affinity, has yet to released. Transformers Online was officially announced by Leyou at the Chinajoy 2019 convention and has been confirmed to a be a third person shooter. They specifically stated that Certain Affinity was working on the the game which is for consoles and PC and it will be free to play. It looks like it will based on Generation 1 as the press document included the following:
The TRANSFORMERS property, including associated logos, copyrights, and characters and their respective likenesses (as portrayed in products sold during the period beginning 1984 and ending 1995 sometimes referred to as “TRANSFORMERS GENERATION I” and which may also include iconography and various stylized iterations of the same created such as TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS launched in 2010 and relaunched in 2012.
Certain Affinity may not be a familiar studio but you have probably played a game they have worked on including Halo series, Doom, and Left 4 Dead. They have previously released Age of Booty via Capcom on last gen consoles and are also working on their own IP, Last Expedition for current gen consoles and PC. The game has been in production since 2017 when Activision lost the license to produce games based on the near 35 year old franchise.
The good news is that Transformers Online might finally make it’s way to our shores.
I can't say what we're working on (yet!), except that we have multiple projects in development and all of them are for a Western market or a worldwide market – none are for China first.
— Max Hoberman (@MaxHoberman) August 21, 2019
At present there are no Transformers games available to buy in the West, when Activision’s license expired Fall and War of Cybertron, Transformers: Devastation, and games based on the Michael Bay movies were all removed from digital stores. The last game to be released was a rather quick port of Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron for current generation consoles, it was rather basic and was a straight port rather than a remaster.