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Niantic and Hasbro are making a Transformers AR game

'Transformers: Heavy Metal' is making its way to phones later this year.


Niantic is tapping into another popular franchise for its next augmented reality game. Following the success of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic is working with Hasbro, Tomy and developer Very Very Spaceship on a Transformers title.

In Transformers: Heavy Metal, you'll get to "team up with the likes of Bumblebee and the Autobots in the real world," according to executive producer Phil Hong. The game is built on Niantic's Lightship AR multiplayer platform.

It seems you won't have to wait too long to try it, either. There will be a soft launch in some countries soon and the global rollout is scheduled for later this year. You can pre-register, if you're interested.

That's not the only project Niantic has in the works. It's developing Pikmin Go in collaboration with Nintendo, the first in a series of games the companies are making together.