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Universal Studios Singapore has released a new image showing off the queue area for Transformers The Ride, which will open at the park in December 2011.

The attraction, which will be given the full name Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, will feature a waiting area themed around a top-secret facility. The plot of the ride itself will center around the NEST facility, managed by the shadowy organisation that features in the Transformers movies. At its heart will be a shard of the AllSpark, a cube of energy that creates life from mechanical objects.

As with the films (and the earlier toys and cartoons), Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle will feature robots that "transform" into cars, planes, tanks and other vehicles. Riders will be placed into a battle between the human-friendly Autobots and the evil Decepticons over the shard, which can be seen in an image posted to the Resorts World Sentosa blog.

The story of the 4-minute ride is said to be a "natural follow-up" to the movies, rather than based on them directly. It will be told through a variety of simulator and 3D effects, with the attraction reusing technology from the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman ride at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.

Universal Studios Hollywood is planning its own version of the new ride, which will be known simply as Transformers: The Ride - 3D. The US version is due to open in spring 2012.

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