Ratchet & Clank is hitting the big screen with a CGI-animated movie in April 2016. In a bit of an ironic twist, Sony and Insomniac Games announced Wednesday that the iconic duo’s original PlayStation outing is being re-imagined for the PS4 just in time for the movie based on the game.
The new PS4 version of Ratchet & Clank is due out sometime during Spring, 2016, and will cost only $39.99. You can probably bet that Insomniac and Sony will want it as close to the release of the movie to maximize the tie-in potential.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 10, 2015
Insomniac wanted to more than simply give an HD paint job to the original Ratchet & Clank that was released to the PS2 in 2002. It’s been revised to tie in with Ratchet’s origin story from the film, while also adding in a new assortment of weapons and gameplay.
“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.”
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— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) June 10, 2015
He went on to explain that the majority of the weapons in this new Ratchet & Clank weren’t in the original. One of the more interesting ones that Insomniac devised is the Pixelizer. This gun transforms enemies into 8-bit pixels that explode.
A few fan favorites will return, however. The dance-inducing “Groovitron” from A Crack in Time was mentioned, while “The Bouncer” and its homing bomblets is listed as a pre-order bonus.
This is the latest of many pre-E3 2015 announcements as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo try to get games into the news that would otherwise be buried in the avalanche of big announcements that will hit starting Monday. The move is working, too, as Ratchet & Clank currently has four posts at the top of the PS4 subreddit at the time this article was written, all filled with predominantly positive comments.
[Images via PlayStation Blog]