Toy giant Hasbro is urging Activision Blizzard to make its Transformers games available for purchase again after the publisher lost access to them.
Activision Blizzard's Transformers games were previously available on various digital platforms but were removed when Hasbro's licensing agreement with Activision expired in 2018.
Upon being asked about the possibility of re-releasing the Xbox 360-era games following Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Hasbro disclosed that the publisher no longer had the hard drives containing the games.
According to a Hasbro team member, “When a company eats a company that eats a company, things get lost, and that's very frustrating.”
However, Hasbro hopes that with Microsoft and Xbox's involvement, they will thoroughly search all archives and hard drives to recover the lost games, as they can easily be added to the Game Pass.
The absence of these games has affected the development of Hasbro's Gamer Edition Transformer line, which includes toys inspired by the games.
“We had to use older platforms for the games because we couldn't find some of the deco details,” explained Hasbro.
While Hasbro still has access to some game assets, they had to independently source games such as War for Cybertron. Hasbro expressed their dissatisfaction with Activision only providing concept art, stating, “So we booted up an old computer and ripped them all from there.”
Hasbro is eager to resolve the issue and hopes that the games will be revived for fans to enjoy once again.