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Transformers: War For Cybertron: Kingdom - What We Know So Far

In late June, fans of the "Transformers" prequel TV series "Transformers: War for Cybertron" got their first look at the upcoming final installment ahead of its release, "Kingdom." The new footage was included in a preview released by Netflix (via YouTube) focused on all of the originals headed to the streamer in July. The footage included a surprising update on iconic Transformer Optimus Prime's look, as well as the promise of a very dramatic conclusion to the Netflix anime series

It's been a wild ride for "Transformers: War for Cybertron," which has served as a prequel series which sheds light on the intense conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons, two groups who have very different ideas about how to save their planet and their people. The anime series premiered back in 2020 with the first installment, "Siege," and released a second installment, "Earthrise" late last year. So, with the end of "War for Cybertron" on the horizon, what exactly can fans expect from "Kingdom" as it looks to wrap this story up?

Here's what we know about the final installment, including the release date, cast, and plot.

What is the release date of Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom?

Fans of the "Transformers: War for Cybertron" won't have to wait much longer for the final installment in the Netflix anime trilogy. In early June, fans learned that "Kingdom" would premiere on Thursday, July 29, when two new posters for the installment were unveiled during Netflix Geeked's Geeked Week (check them out on Twitter). An additional check for the written list of July 2021 premiere dates, like this helpful breakdown posted by Decider, confirms "Kingdom" will indeed premiere in late July. 

The release date for "Kingdom" arrives exactly one year after the premiere of "Siege," the first installment in the trilogy. "Siege" kicked off the "War for Cybertron" story back in July 2020. Then, in December, Netflix released the second installment, "Earthrise." And, much like "Siege" and "Earthrise," the "Kingdom" installment will also consist of six half-hour episodes. This means fans will get to spend three hours finding out how the "War for Cybertron" trilogy wraps up when it finally arrives in late July.

Who is in the cast of Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom?

With no news of any major casting changes, it's very likely that the voice cast featured in the "Siege" and "Earthrise" installments of "Transformers: War for Cybertron." If this is the cast, fans of the Netflix anime trilogy can expect the following actors to reprise their characters in "Kingdom": Jake Foushee as Optimus Prime; Jason Marnocha as Megatron; Frank Todaro as Starscream; Bill Rogers as Wheeljack; Linsay Rousseau as Elita-1; Joe Zieja as Bumblebee; Kaiser Johnson as Ironhide; Mark Whitten as Sideswipe; Georgia Reed as Chromia; and Keith Silverstein as Jetfire.

With the release date of "Kingdom" getting closer and closer, chances are slim Netflix will announce any new voice cast joining the "Transformers: War for Cybertron" team. However, given that Netflix has a strong track of announcing big details about their upcoming original releases close to the actual release date, it's possible some casting news could appear before July 29 rolls around.

What is the plot of Transformers: War for Cybertron: Kingdom?

It's a bit odd that Netflix has not provided any kind of plot details about "Kingdom," but that's where we are with approximately one month left until the third installment arrives on Netflix. 

What we do know is that "Kingdom" will wrap up the story that began in "Siege" and continued in "Earthrise." What is that story exactly?  "Transformers: War for Cybertron" tells the tale of the intense conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons, serving as a prequel story to many of the other "Transformers" movies and TV shows we've seen before. 

Per Netflix's description of the anime series, the war between these two factions "has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron [and] is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark" which leads the Autobots to "orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it." Hopefully, "Kingdom" will tie up all of the loose threads left open at the end of "Earthrise" and reveals if and how the Autobots manage to defeat the Decepticons.