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Deformers is a multiplayer brawler game developed by Ready at Dawn and published by GameTrust.

Developer(s)Ready At Dawn
Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
ReleaseApril 21, 2017



Deformers is a multiplayer brawler game played from a third-person perspective.[1] Players take control of squishy ball-shaped creatures called a Forms that are capable of rolling, jumping, dashing, and absorbing items.[2][3] In the deathmatch and team deathmatch modes, the goal is to roll around and knock opponents off the arena platform.[2] Form-ball is a mode that plays like association football, a ball must be knocked into a net to score goals.[2] The game supports online 2, 3, and 4-player splitscreen as well as online multiplayer with up to eight players.[3]


Deformers is being developed by video game studio Ready at Dawn.[3] The project began as a physics technology demonstration.[3] A duo at the studio began working on prototype for Deformers in August 2014 while most employees were occupied with The Order: 1886.[3]

It was announced that Deformers would shut down on 9 August, 2018.[4]


Deformers was initially scheduled to launch for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 14, 2017,[5] however it was delayed so that the development team could address issues from feedback they had received.[6] An open beta of the Windows version ran from April 1–4 on digital distribution service Steam.[2][7] Deformers was the second game published by GameStop's publishing program GameTrust.[6] The game was released on April 21, 2017.[8]


Aggregate score
Metacritic60/100 (PS4)[9]
49/100 (XBO)[10]

Deformers received a mixed reception from critics.[9][10] It was nominated for "Original Score - Video Game" at the 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.[11]


  1. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (June 2, 2016). "The Order: 1886 dev Ready at Dawn's next game is a physics-based arena brawler". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Paget, Mat (April 2, 2017). "Play God of War developer's bizarre PC arena combat game for free this weekend". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Webster, Andrew (June 2, 2016). "Deformers is a squishy new game from the creators of The Order: 1886". The Verge. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Ready at Dawn's Deformers is shutting down on August 9th
  5. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (December 14, 2016). "Ready at Dawn's De-formers release date set for Valentine's Day". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Matulef, Jeffrey (February 4, 2017). "Ready at Dawn's Deformers has been delayed just ahead of launch". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Now Available on Steam - Deformers Open Beta". Steam. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (April 12, 2017). "Ready at Dawn's quirky arena brawler Deformers is out next week". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "De-formers for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "De-formers for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2018.

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