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Niantic prepares 'Transformers' AR game for global release

'Pokemon Go' developer partners with Japan's Tomy and US toymaker Hasbro

U.S. software developer Niantic’s “Transformers: Heavy Metal” AR game will go on sale worldwide later this year. (Photo courtesy of Niantic)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- U.S. software developer Niantic will launch augmented reality game "Transformers: Heavy Metal" later this year.

Nintendo and other Japanese companies have invested in Niantic, the company behind the breakout "Pokemon Go," which racked up more than 1 billion downloads globally. "Transformers: Heavy Metal" will become the second AR game app featuring characters that originated in Japan.

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