It represents "an arc between" the two, says Hasbro, as we stick to third-person with over 40 playable characters, switching between Autobots and Decepitcons.
Rise of the Dark Spark is a follow-up to both the Cybertron video games from High Moon and this year's Transformers film from director Michael Bay.
"Players will be able to switch between the heroes of the noble AUTOBOTS and the nefarious DECEPTICONS throughout the single-player campaign. Similar to High Moon Studios’ CYBERTRON entries in the highly regarded series, gameplay features nimble, fast-paced running-and-gunning combat paired with traversal and vehicle action across open battlefields for large-scale, dynamic conflicts," says Activision.
Fan favourite multiplayer mode Escalation will also be returning which pits up to four players against increasing waves of enemies as they battle to survive. It has been updated with new upgradeable defence systems, notable bad guys from Transformers lore and an increased roster of characters.
They've also combined single player and multiplayer progression for a "unified, persistent character development path."
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark releases on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One and PS4 in 2014.