Transformers fans will have to wait until June 23, 2017, to catch the next installment in Michael Bay’s live-action film series, but Hasbro Studios and Machinima are gearing up for the release of their action-packed animated adventure Transformers: Combiner Wars in the interim, and EW has an exclusive first look at the new series.
Hasbro’s Chief Content Officer, Stephen Davis, and Chad Gutstein, Chief Executive Officer for Machinima, previewed the joint project during a Cannes Lions Festival presentation on Thursday, showing off several never-before-seen images and revealing plot details from the upcoming series.
The animated project is a monumental one for Transformers, as the franchise has yet to launch a digital-first program like Combiner Wars throughout its 32-year history. In partnering with Machinima, Hasbro Studios joined forces with a programming service showcasing fandom-focused, gamer-related content to more than 170 million worldwide viewers each month.
Aiming to better acquaint fans with the Combiner Wars universe, Davis and Gutstein additionally announced that a prelude series will launch on June 28 via YouTube, Facebook, and the social entertainment platform go90. Heading into the series premiere, the four-episode preview will offer insight into the current state of Cybertron as it exists in the realm of Combiner Wars.
“Machinima is known as a leader of the digital content space and has tremendous creative talent within their network. We are excited to partner with them to tell a new kind of Transformers story for the digital generation,” Davis said in a statement. “The writers, artists, and voice actors working on this series are all true fans of the franchise, and their love for these characters really shines through in Combiner Wars.”
Combiner Wars is set to debut Aug. 2 on go90. Check out a few stills from the new show in the exclusive photos below.