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Universal Studios Hollywood has released an official trailer for the under-construction Transformers: The Ride - 3D, which is due to open at the park in Spring 2012.

The trailer, shown at the ComiCon convention in San Diego last week, is embedded below. It features footage of well-known characters from the Transformers movies and comic books, including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. It also shows a new character, EVAC, who Screamscape reports will "transform" into the riders' vehicle.

Transformers: The Ride - 3D will retain the look-and-feel of the Transformers movie trilogy, with its plot expected to be a "natural follow-up" to the films rather than based on them directly. Riders will be placed into the middle of the movies' war between the human-friendly Autobots and their Decepticon enemies. As in the films (and the earlier toys and cartoons), the robots will "transform" into cars, planes, tanks and other vehicles.

The ride is set to reuse technology from the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman attraction at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, combining 3D animation, animatronics and flight-simulator elements. It will replace the closed Backdraft and Special Effects Soundstages attractions in the park's Lower Lot, with construction having begun in Fall 2009. A version of the ride is due to debut at Universal Studios Singapore earlier, in late 2011.

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