Apparently Transformers Universe was less than met the eye… or the wallet.

Jagex today announced plans to shutter the pseudo-MOBA title at 10 a.m. GMT on Jan. 31. Players are already getting refunds for their purchases, including their Founder’s Packs — the most expensive of which, if you’ll recall, went for an astounding $449.

In their farewell message, Jagex calls it a “challenging time” and says that Jagex and Hasbro are making this move to “realign their plans and focuses for 2015.

The game never made it out of beta, but I thought it was reasonably enjoyable for what it was. A “Transformers MMO” had been talked about for years, but I think the notion of being able to make your own Autobot or Decepticon, complete with a unique transformation and the kind of individuality you see in character creation in MMOs, was something of a pipe dream that could never be executed, no matter how badly people wanted it.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. eric on December 17, 2014

    The game was doom the moment they change from mmorpg to moba early in alpha. They then see lots of people angry at them for trying to make a moba and decided to go back to a mmo.

    But in reality they should have done a mmorpg and that is it. Not a mmo but a mmorpg. The way they design this one currently is like a mmofps and that is not want people want there is so much of them on the market and they are all the same, only new graphic and a few tweaks to the maps , etc.

    If the would have got out of the lobby system also people would have like it even more. I can play lobby games on console or go into way better fps games then this even free one’s.

  2. Prime on December 17, 2014

    heh, i did say from the first day, this game will not survive…

  3. Shanex on December 17, 2014

    It was ok, but I wanted more. What ultimately put me off was how long it would take to get a new bot and it wasn’t that optimized for a game that looks like…..that.

  4. Igamelot on December 17, 2014

    As a kid, Transformers was the shit!
    Then the movies came, which were ok at the best (sure, visualy stunning but lacking ALOT)
    But then, then i saw the game concept and some of it’s visuals… which left me largely dissapointed.

    I am not suprised that this got canceled, no true (80’/90’s) Transformer fan would be excited about this. They should have made it as big as the Transformers brand was, and not feel like something that could be easily made money from.

    Bad choices lead to bad games.

  5. Merkadis on December 17, 2014

    Not surprised really, it was obvious from the very beginning that this game is not quite IT.

  6. fromhelll on December 16, 2014

    This wasn’t an awful game, it just fell short for a Transformers game, not the say they pretty much changed the game from MMO to TPS/MOBA-ish. The game looked pretty flat in the end.

  7. hm on December 16, 2014

    game was ok but not what you would expect of a transformers game. Needed more destructible terrain or something more

  8. Roaming Laughter on December 16, 2014

    HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAAA…. another one bites the dust.

    • Cyril on December 17, 2014

      What’s so funny about a game shutting down?

      • no name required on December 17, 2014

        its a jagex game with an overpriced shop that makes the game pay to win, nothing of worth is lost

  9. Mr Heartless on December 16, 2014

    This was not any kind of moba in the traditional scense. It was arena based but it was just an objective based shooter at most. Run of the mill rubbish.

  10. Bic Boi on December 16, 2014

    Lol, Jagex..

  11. Miki on December 16, 2014

    well that was fast o,o

    • Oye LKY on December 17, 2014

      yea, that was unexpected. O_o

  12. PandaStick on December 16, 2014

    So glad i didn’t pay a sht ton of money for this game founder pack, lol.

    • Richard on December 16, 2014

      they did that? god damn lol.

      • PandaStick on December 17, 2014

        How do u get ur forums icon to show on this? i can never do that