Netflix has ordered a new Transformers animated prequel series, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, and it will premiere in 2020.
Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring War For Cybertron to life and Polygon Pictures will act as the animation studio.
“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new series to our members around the world on Netflix.”
FJ DeSanto, who has worked on Transformers: Titans Return and Transformers: Power of the Primes, will serve as showrunner and will be accompanied by such writers as George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, Transformers: Rescue Bots).
This new show promises “a new animation look and style that presents the Transformers like you’ve never seen them before.”
This War For Cybertron anime should not be confused with Transformers: War for Cybertron for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, even though it was well received.
We gave it a 9/10 and said “War for Cybertron impresses with an excellent single-player campaign with full co-op support, the included Horde-alike Escalation mode, and surprisingly deep and inventive online multiplayer component.”
The Transformers latest film, Bumblebee, released in theaters late last year and we said that it “is the best live-action Transformers movie since the 2007 film, even though it doesn’t quite recapture the wow factor of seeing the robots in disguise come to life that very first time.”
The Transformers have had a long history on television, all beginning with The Transformers that aired from 1984 to 1987 and is still one of the most beloved.
Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who loves a good prequel story. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.