New Transformers Galactic Trials game is part racing game, part roguelike battler coming out this year

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It’s been a while since we last got a proper Transformers video game, with four years having passed since 2020’s XCOM-ish Transformers: Battlegrounds , when the long-gestating MMO Transformers Online finally dropped. That’s set to change as a curious combination of a racer and roguelike featuring robots in disguise is revealed.

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Transformers: Galactic Trials is the first racing game to feature robotic vehicles in vehicle form, though – as you might expect from a series known for its ability to shape-shift – it’s not your typical vehicular experience.

Instead, developer 3DClouds is touting the game as a mix of classic racing game and action RPG, as robotic vehicles race down tracks before transforming into their bot forms to battle groups of enemies standing in their way to the finish line. There will apparently be roguelike progression in the form of Prime Relics to collect to level up certain abilities, as well as unlock additional characters – both Autobots and Decepticons – and skins for said characters.

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Galactic Trials will launch with two modes: the titular single-player mode, spanning 10 levels, and Arcade mode, which features local multiplayer for two players in quick races with the ability to customize available tracks, weapons, and characters. “Specialized location-based tournaments” will also be available, though I’m honestly not sure how that will translate to the ability to play just two players in the same room — it could just be a verbal way of saying that you can create bracket-based tournaments for larger groups.

2024 is apparently the 40th anniversary of the Transformers franchise, with Galactic Trials arriving on October 11. After a relative drought of Transformers video games, there’s a chance we’ll see more of Splash Damage’s co-op shooter Transformers: Reactivate after its planned closed beta fell through last year.

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