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Transformers Developer High Moon Studios Profile

When we first laid our eyes on the beautiful visuals of Transformers: War For Cybertron, it was immediately clear that Activision was trying to take the robotic franchise in a more serious direction for video games than they had managed with previous movie spin-offs. The first question out of our lips: Who’s making it?

The answer to that million-dollar question would be High Moon Studios. This Activison-owned developer is based out of Carlsbad, California (near San Diego). We visited their offices last month to check out War For Cybertron and get the inside scoop on who they are and why they’re the right team to re-energize the Transformers franchise.

Where did they come from?

The core of High Moon Studios started life under a completely different name: Sammy Studios. Until 2005, High Moon operated as Sammy Studios and was owned by Sega Sammy, a division of Sega largely focused on arcade gaming. Early in 2005, though, Sammy Studios broke away from Sega and renamed themselves High Moon Studios.

After a year as an independent studio and publishing their first game for Capcom, High Moon was purchased by Vivendi. In 2007, Vivendi merged with Activision to form Activision Blizzard, thus making High Moon Studios a member of the Activision stable of developers.

What is their philosophy on game design?

High Moon Studios game director Matt Tieger describes the High Moon philosophy in the simplest way possible: “Shut up and play it.” They believe that games are about feel, that no matter how great an idea might sound on paper, it’s all about how it’s executed.

A major element of this belief is play-testing and giving gamers the chance to actually feel their games “on screen and under thumb.” Within their studio, High Moon pushes for heavy play-testing of games in development. Even now, with War For Cybertron in the middle of its development cycle, the team has been getting together for frequent multiplayer matches since the earliest possible stage in development. This constant testing and tweaking will help ensure a balanced multiplayer game that functions and is fun.

Since two of their three releases so far have been licensed games, we also had to ask about their approach to licensed IP specifically. Whether or not a game they’re working on is licensed does not affect their goals for the end product, though. According to Tieger, “Our philosophy is to find the heart of a game, license, or IP and deliver it to the gamer, no excuses.”

  • I haven't been that big of a transformer fan in the past, but their development motto is alright.  Just might give this game a try.

  • 1st to say 1st!

  • 2nd to say 2nd! lol cant wait for the game

  • I hope this is a decent game. I've loved Transformers since I was a kid (although I'm not a Reiner level fanboy).

  • Transformers is good. i cannot wait to see some gameplay footage for War for Cybertron.

  • I liked the Darkwatch game and was hoping for more in that series.  Wasn't the best FPS but the game was intrigiung the whole way through.

  • Could this be? Am I actually going to purchase a Transformers game in the near future..? Stay tuned to find out.

  • I have both of those games in my box of "May Revisit" games, unline games like Jak 2 which I revisit every 2 weeks. ;P

  • They made Darkwatch? I thought that High Moon sounded familiar. Darkwatch was a mediocre shooter, but there was definitely something about it that was really unique, and I really enjoyed playing it despite the jankiness.

    These guys have some potential, so I can't wait to see what they've done with this new Transformers game. Hopefully they'll be as successful at adapting Transformers into a game as Rocksteady was with Batman.

  • i loved the bourne conspiarcy game so ill buy the transformers game

  • ok, so a Transformers game will be cool, but i would really like a Darkwatch sequel please.

  • hmmm the game sounds fun keep up the good work High Moon Studios!

  • Cool.  I hope they succeed.

  • The new game actually looks really cool but its too early to tell

  • I love anything transformers

    80's cartoons were the best ever

  • I cant wait for this to come out. I hope it will turn out to be a great game as they say it wil be. All my friends at school are telling me that it may not be so great snd I even showed theme the redesigns of the characters and they still think that even that doesn't look very good (What can I say these friends of mine only care about the *** crappy movies and Megan fox) but the new look for the transformers look great. Hek, so far even Soundwave is handled very well. I hope he will have his iconic robotic voice.


  • They'll succeed, there's no movie holding them back.

  • transformers for the PS2 with the minicons was a great game

  • Modern Warfare 2... with GIANT ROBOTS!!!


  • yea "shut up and play it" sounds like a company to me.

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