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Wizards of the Coast details new Transformers trading card game

Wizards of the Coast, the brains behind the popular Magic: The Gathering franchise has detailed an upcoming Transformers trading card game.

Scheduled to hit stores across the US and selected other markets later this year, the aptly-named Transformers Trading Card Game is a game designed for players aged eight and upwards and billed as a battling card game.

Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customisable deck of battle cards. Transformers character cards feature in the Autobots Starter Set and Booster Packs and are twice the size of standard playing cards. They can also be flipped from bot mode to alt mode and back – and feature premium printing treatment on one of their sides.

The deck of battle cards features Action and Upgrade cards to enhance Transformers character cards.

“The TCG format lets us pull Transformers characters form across the brand’s massive history. From Bumblebee to Sunstorm – the gam is digging deep in to the Transformers lore,” said Drew Nolosco, Transformers Trading Card Game brand manager.

“We can even focus on different aspects of the same character. Optimus Prime, for example, is immensely powerful in combat, but he’s also a master tactician. The Transformers TCG will let players explore the characters’ depth through engaging and tactical gameplay.”

The Autobots Starter Set contains cards for two players to begin gameplay and features Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide and Red Alert character cards. It will be available for purchase at retailers in the US from September 28 this year.

Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs will enable players to add their character card teams and battle card decks for full gameplay with Booster packs. Each Booster Pack contains one Transformers character card and seven battle cards from a pool of 40 character cards and 81 battle cards.

Booster Packs will be sold separately and available for purchase at retailers in the US this September.

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