A whole generation of fans only know the Transformers from live-action films. Soon, however, Netflix will return the franchise to the medium many older fans grew up watching. They’re doing this with  Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy. But while the latest epic trailer for the new series promises an entirely new animated look for the Autobots and Decepticons, it will explore the story that led them to leave their home planet behind in the first place.

“It is the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to ‘reformat’ the Autobots, thus ‘unifying’ Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.”

This latest look at the War for Cybertron Trilogy is the best yet. It feels like Transformers meets  Blade Runner crossed with Mad Max: Fury Road. Obviously we are, as the kids say, “Here for it.” Netflix thinks fans, both old and new alike, will be too.

“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” said John Derderian, Director of Anime for Netflix, when the series was first announced.

Optimus Prime in War for Cybertron Netflix

Produced by Rooster Teeth, the series stars: Jake Foushee (Optimus Prime), Jason Marnocha (Megatron), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper), and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).

There will probably still be some fans who don’t like seeing a “new” version of Transformers. Even if it does return the franchise to its animated roots. But the live-action films proved most fans want to see the Autobots and Decepticons anyway they can.

Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy premieres on Netflix this month, July 30.

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