Fabien, Jairo and Deborah of the Space Ape Games team interviewed legendary Transformers author Simon Furman during their recent Opening Shot live stream.
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What keeps you attached to the Transformers saga?
“It’s so diverse, it’s got the most amazing cast. Right from the beginning, the character profiles that Bob Budiansky came up with… and the TV shows, with the great voices, you were right into it from the start. It just seems to keep reinventing itself, restarting with new takes on the same classic characters (and adding) new characters into the mix. Recently, the IDW comics, the games. Just generally, I love the whole brand… it never seems to grow old really, never gets tired.”
What bot would you like to see added into Earth Wars?
“Guys like Hardhead and Nightbeat… there are some that I’ve used in the comics fairly extensively that I’d love to have in the game. I’m spoiled for choice, really.”
Have you read the Transformers: Galaxies Constructicons Rising arc and what did you think of it?
“I’m really enjoying the new IDW Universe, we’re going to be able to collect some of it in the definitive G1 Collection which you can see behind me on my shelves. It’s great, I’m really enjoying what Brian’s been doing on the main book and Galaxies is great fun too.”
Have you found any differences in writing for a comic versus writing for a video game?
“(In) comics, you’re very much describing what’s happening and constructing the whole thing, (with) visuals to fall back on. With the game, largely it’s almost like an audio drama, you’ve got to make sure that what people are seeing is clear… describe the action in a way that (doesn’t) look like you’re describing the action. I love doing it, it’s a challenge. I’ve written countless comics but the game sort of exercises a different creative muscle.”
Replay the stream to learn more about Simon’s writing projects including Transformers ’84: Secrets and Lies and the story segments for Earth Wars, download the game for free from your preferred app store and then join in the discussion on the 2005 boards!