The Aligned continuity family is a continuity that is in the Transformers franchise. It was launched in 2010 with the intention of being the foundation of most Transformers projects for the decade to come. The core of this continuity is the "Binder of Revelation", a brand bible that was co-written by Aaron Archer, Rik Alvarez and other Transformers experts from Hasbro and the fandom.
This family hasn't officially been given a title yet. The term "Aligned" was derived from Hasbro statements referring to this as a new "aligned continuity".
The continuity also happens to be the main subject of this wiki. As such, this page lists all the Media in the continuity.
Created by High Moon Studios under Game Director Matt Tieger with tie-in games by Next Level Games and Vicarious Visions, War for Cybertron's aesthetics and characterizations are heavily based on Generation One. Set in the ancient days of the Great War, the games' plot focuses on Megatron's quest to harness Dark Energon, which ends up corrupting the planet itself and leaving it uninhabitable for millions of years. These events overlap a large portion of the simultaneously-released Transformers: Exodus novel, but they differ in many details (see below).
Two years later, a direct sequel to the War for Cybertron was released. Considerably darker in tone than its predecessor, the game is a continuation of the events of War for Cybertron, It explores the Autobots' attempts to escape from a rapidly deteriorating Cybertron aboard the Ark, as well as the gradual downfall and collapse of the remnants of Cybertronian society. A side story also focuses on the creation of the Dinobots.
Another two years after Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark was released.The story takes place between the precedeing two games, with the Ark is under construction and Shockwave discovering the Insecticons. The game also deals with a storyline revolving around one of Lockdown's schemes in the Age of Extinction portion.
Online MMO Games
Developed by NetDragon and Jagex for their respective Eastern and Western markets, the Transformers Online and Transformers Universe online games were to tie into Prime aesthetically and broaden the universe. However, both games were discontinued shortly after their initial release, leaving them largely unconnected to the rest of the continuity outside of a few passing references.
- Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010) — A partial adaptation of the novel Transformers: Exodus.
- Transformers: Prime (2010) — A graphic novel prequel to the television series, later released as four issues.
- Transformers: Prime (2011) — A Prime cartoon adaptation series with screenshots from the series.
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012) — A digital-first prequel/tie-in to the video game, focusing on the Dinobots.
- Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots (2012–2013) — A four-part mini-series which continues the Dinobots' story and leads into the television series' third season.
- Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters (2013) — An eight-part maxi-series depicting the Dinobots' efforts to survive on a desolate Cybertron.
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015–2016) — A six-issue series tying in the second Robots in Disguise TV series.
Written by Alex Irvine, Transformers: Exodus describes the beginning of the war and then covers the same ground as the War for Cybertron games with many differing details. Irvine also wrote the War for Cybertron comic and the apocryphal short story Bumblebee at Tyger Pax, both set in the novel's pre-game period. The comic contains no major discrepancies, other than maintaining the "Sentinel Prime" name, but the short story features Bumblebee losing his ability to speak words before the game events.
Transformers: Exiles continues the saga immediately post-Cybertron, as Exodus ends shortly after the events of Fall of Cybertron. The story features Optimus discovering the secrets of the Thirteen, and the Autobots searching for the AllSpark in space.
The Covenant of Primus presents much of the ancient history of Cybertron in the Aligned continuity, including the history of the Thirteen.
Overseen by the team of Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman, this show is set on modern-day Earth with a unique aesthetic somewhere between the live-action film series and ''Animated''. Released five months after ''War for Cybertron'', it also features Dark Energon as a primary plot element, but it seems to be a more mysterious substance with the added quality of being able to reanimate corpses. Also, strangely, Megatron is able to create an army of such creatures by crashing Dark Energon into the dead world of Cybertron, despite the reason for the planet's demise in ''War for Cybertron'' being its complete infection with the stuff. It was stated at BotCon 2011 that Dark Energon's nature differed because of the modern era of the show, as opposed to the ancient setting of the novel and games. The producers also iterated that while they strive to maintain continuity, ultimately leeway was allowed if it served the story.</nowiki>
Developed by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld and Jeff Kline, this series is aimed at a much younger audience than the Prime cartoon, though according to Jeff Kline, the two shows inhabit the same continuity. It follows a team of Rescue Bots who land on Earth and are assigned by Optimus Prime to work with a human family of rescue workers on an island off the coast of Maine. This setting was chosen so that the much darker themes of Prime could play out without affecting the events of Rescue Bots. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee occasionally make guest appearances, apparently taking time out from the events of Prime to do so. There is a timeskip between seasons 3 and 4, done in part to avoid having to deal with certain events in the Prime cartoon that would have been difficult to ignore otherwise.
Robots in Disguise is a direct sequel to the Prime cartoon. It follows Bumblebee leading a new team of Autobots back to Earth to re-capture Decepticon criminals.
The most recent show in the Aligned Continuity, Rescue Bots Academy serves as a direct sequel to Transformers: Rescue Bots, following the first class of the new Rescue Bot Training Academy who learn from the more experienced Rescue Bots how to respond to emergency situations and become heroes. The show debuted in December 2018 and is ongoing.
- Following the end of the Prime show, future writers have abandoned the Binder of Revelation altogether, forging a radically different direction for the continuity timeline than originally intended. Robots in Disguise chose to disregard auxiliary works of fiction such as the War for Cybertron games in favour of a new narrative based entirely on continuing forward from the Prime cartoon. Most prominently, this led to the introduction of a Grimlock whose appearance and personality varied wildly from the Grimlock introduced in the video games, an irreconcilable discrepancy that carried over to other characters who reused names such as Sideswipe and Kickback.
- Aaron Archer, Vice President of Intellectual Property Development at Hasbro, said at a BotCon 2010 panel that he had considered naming it "Epochs" but then decided not to.