Transformers: War for Cybertron is scheduled to be released June 22, 2010 for Xbox 360, PlayStation, and PC. You can grab a copy of the game at most Greater Cincinnati game retailers like Game Crazy, Best Buy, and Game Stop. The game was developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision. In this article my focus is on the female characters (of course) Arcee and Slipstream.
Arcee is the name of several fictional characters in the Transformer universe. She is a female Autobot, usually pink in color. Arcee was absent from the U.S. Marvel Comics because the comics had established that in their continuity, Transformers did not possess sexes, thus Arcee’s presence as a clearly female robot would have defied this. Arcee first appeared in a U.K. Marvel comic issue in 1995. Although a group of Female Autobots had already been featured in an episode of the original cartoon series, Arcee quickly became the most famous due to her position as a repeat cast member following her introduction in The Transformers: The Movie. Arcee also appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books as well as an appearance in a Robot Chicken episode. It was revealed in a IDW Publishing’s issue that Arcee was part of an experiment to introduce gender into the Cybertronian species. Arcee was initially set to be in the 2007 Transformers film, but because of negative fan reaction and the fact that there was not enough time in the movie to explain the presence of a female in a robotic race, she was dropped from the script and replaced with Ironhide. According to Hasbro, Arcee is only 7 feet tall but on the scale for the first film it was stated that she was 9 feet tall. Arcee appeared in the fiction Dungeons & Dinobots, a text based story from Fun Publications. She was among the Autobots who attacked the Arch-Ayr fuel dump. She was attacked by the laughter inducing Decepticon Dirge as she fired on Gutcruncher.
Slipstream is the name that was given to the female Starscream clone. In spite of being created by Starscream, Slipstream has absolutely no respect toward him and is as vindictive in personality as he is. Slipstream first appeared in A Bridge Too Close having just been brought online by a piece of Starscreams Allspark fragment. Blunt and scathing, she was quick to point out to her clueless “parent” how the other Starscream Clones represented their creators egotism, cowardice, sycophancy and deceit. When asked what part of Starscream she represented, Slipstream replied “don’t ask.” Although she joined Starscream is his attack on Megatron, she incited him at every turn, questioning his battle strategies, and citing his failures at destroying Megatron. Unlike her clone brothers, Slipstream went into hiding until she briefly returned in Endgame Part 1. As Optimus Prime tested his new jet pack, Slipstream mistook him for the previously beheaded Starscream and attacked him. But after shooting him down, Slipstream realized her mistake and left the scene as one of the nine active Decepticons on Earth still on the loose.