Ratchet & Clank is hitting the big screen with a CGI-animated movie in April 2016. In a surprising press release, Sony and Insomniac Games have announced that they will re-imagine the duo’s original Playstation outing in order to flow better with the new movie universe.
The new PS4 version of Ratchet & Clank is due out sometime during Spring, 2016, and will cost only $39.99. Undoubtedly, this possibly controversial decision will definitely maximize the tie-in potential of the game and movie.
This game has the potential to be a standout in a market full of re-makes (currently Ducktales may be my personal favorite “re-imagining” re-make). It seems that an assortment of new weapons and gameplay mechanics will be utilized in this title. Given that the original was released on the PS2 in 2002, it is refreshing to know that Insomniac has chosen to not simply give the game an HD polish.
“We envisioned a curated Ratchet & Clank experience that borrowed from the spirit of the classic PS2 games while infusing some of the best elements from the Ratchet & Clank Future games,” Insomniac Community Lead James Stevenson wrote on the PlayStation Blog.
“We ended up with a new game, with elements based on the original — but now with modern controls, several new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new Clank gameplay, all new boss fights, new flight sequences, and more … all constructed to take advantage of the graphical prowess of PS4. Throw in James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, and you have a new beginning.”
The cut-scenes from the Ratchet and Clank games have always rivaled Pixar animation and dialogue. With an impressive voice cast (including James Arnold Taylor, Bella Thorne, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone), this is definitely an animated film to keep an eye on.