UK-based freemium MMORPG developer Jagex is partnering with Hasbro to create an MMO based on the Transformers brand. Jagex plans to launch the game next year in North America, Latin America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. Jagex has created over 40 games, including online games that serve “millions” of players. Its flagship game is the freemium MMORPG RuneScape, which Jagex says is the world’s single most popular free-to-play MMORPG. Hasbro has already partnered with Chinese developer NetDragon to create a Transformers MMO for Asian markets that is planned to launch later this year.
“Hasbro’s decision to align with Jagex speaks to the quality of their award-winning development and publishing team that boasts an outstanding track record of delivering innovative and fun online games capable of reaching millions of gamers across the globe,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Gaming and Media at Hasbro, in a press statement. “We are extremely excited to create a dream team that combines Transformers brand stewards with Jagex development experts to deliver an epic Transformers gaming experience to fans in 2012.”