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July 22 2015
Ratchet & Clank - PS4 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
Q'2 2016SonySonyInsomniac Games
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Ratchet takes on a hero pose.
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Ratchet & Clank ties into the upcoming film.

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Developers have used the PS4's power.
During the Playstation 2 era there were two platform games that really stood out. The first was Naughty Dog's Jak & Daxter which provided traditional platforming fare, while Insomniac Games had Ratchet & Clank, also a platform game but one which had a considerable amount of shooting action too. While Naughty Dog have moved on to the Uncharted franchise of late, Insomniac Games have toyed with a few other games, but always kept thier Ratchet & Clank franchise alive with new releases on PS3 in recent years.

Now we have Ratchet & Clank on the PS4 which is a remake of the original game from the PS2, but is based on an upcoming film, which is based on the game. In the game, and film, you will join Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and new friends as they battle to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek.

So this is a reworked version of the original game and will feature new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new bosses, all-new Clank gameplay, all-new flight sequences, and much more. In fact, you will be able to battle your enemies with an out-of-this-world arsenal, including new weapons and fan-favorite tools of destruction from the Ratchet & Clank Future series. From the brand new Pixelizer (which transforms enemies into explosive 8-bit pixels) to franchise favorites like the dance-party-inducing Groovitron and wise-cracking robotic bodyguard Mr. Zurkon, Ratchet & Clank’s arsenal has never been better.

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Check out the amount of detail in the world!
Those who pre-order the game will also receive a bonus by way of a weapon called The Bouncer which appeared in Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked & Loaded. The Bouncer launches a bomb that releases a plethora of tiny homing bombs that bounce towards targets. One of the most effective and spectacular Ratchet & Clank weapons ever.

Sadly it has been confirmed that there will be no multiplayer modes included in the game, which given some of the more recent multiplayer focused games is a little disappointing as it was quite entertaining with the various weapons.

As you can see from the surrounding screenshots and trailer below the PS4 has allowed the developers to really ramp up the visuals in Ratchet & Clank with a lot more detail within the game world, and in particular the backgrounds with the game running at a locked 30fps. Animation looks super-slick, character design looks wonderful, weapons varied and yet entertaining and the game world looks like being filled with destructable objects.

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Now that's one pretty big, nasty, enemy.
The developers are also promising over an hour of cut-scenes for the game, many of which have come from the feature film (let's just hope there's plenty of original content here though too!). From the very first game in the franchise the cut-scenes have always provided plenty of levity and we expect no less from this release.

We've always had a lot of fun with Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank games, and we're keen to see this rebooted version coming to Playstation 4. Hopefully the tie-in to the upcoming animated feature film brings with it a few new ideas and fun moments while avoiding the traps of many movie tie-ins that fall flat. Fortunately at this stage the game looks fantastic so keep an eye out for a mid-2016 release.

Released at E3 2015 is the trailer for the game below - just as amusing and impressive as we could hope for really.