On Saturday, during Hasbro's Pulse Con, Netflix revealed the first teaser trailer for Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Earthrise, the second part of the animated saga. The trailer reveal follows the exciting news that the popular Transformers: Beast Wars toy line is making a comeback soon. According to Netflix's official synopsis for the new series, "With the Allspark gone, Megatron is forced to confront the harsh reality that his Decepticons are trapped on a dying Cybertron. Meanwhile, lost in the darkest reaches of space, Optimus Prime and his team embark on a desperate mission, unexpectedly running into ... the spacefaring Mercenaries."
Earthrise follows the successful debut of the first installment of the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy, Siege. In July, one of the executives from animation house Rooster Teeth explained why they took the project to Netflix instead of keeping it on their own content channels.
"The company at its core has always been about trying to create content our audience will love — and putting it where our audience is," said Rooster Teeth general manager Jordan Levine. "For us, the production infrastructure that exists here in Austin, in live action and animation, has shown we can make premium, high-end content. Then we look at what kind of distribution platforms can support that.
"I say this without any BS behind it: I felt like every party involved, Rooster Teeth, Hasbro and Netflix, were completely aligned on what this show is and how to market it. It's playing to the strengths of everybody."
ComcicBook.com's Matthew Aguilar gave Siege a glowing review. He wrote, "Transformers: War For Cybertron Siege takes a classic premise and brings it to life in a compelling and visually splendid new way, all the while setting the stage for the epic story yet to come. Longtime fans will appreciate seeing their favorite characters given new layers of depth in a world that feels as unpredictable as it is action-packed, while new fans will love the gorgeous action and the opportunity to get to know these characters on the ground floor. Regardless of which camp you fall in, Transformers: War For Cybertron Siege should not be missed, and we cannot wait to see what's next."
The synopsis for Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Siege reads, "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."
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy - Siege is now streaming on Netflix.