When Insomniac Games revealed that it would reboot the “Ratchet and Clank” series, many fans started worrying about the future of the franchise -- especially with a movie of the game on the way. However, after the developer revealed some gameplay videos and discussed the vision for the game, it seems that Insomniac was on the right track: Now users of Sony's PlayStation 4 game console can finally give “Ratchet and Clank” a try.
The “Ratchet and Clank” reboot actually starts players out in Metropolis, the first city in the original 2002 game that came out for PlayStation 2. While the city features some of the original enemies that appeared in that level, such as robot dogs, Polygon reported that the city is now structured to feel more elegant than the original.
This might be because Insomniac has fixed many of the flaws that plagued the first game, as Ratchet can now aim and strife properly. The game will also have new planets to explore, a variety of new weapons, a redone weapon upgrade system and more Clank levels that weren’t in the first level.
While the developer didn’t dish out too many details on the new weapons, one of Ratchet’s new guns -- the Pixelizer -- was showcased during a hands-on playthrough with IGN. This weapon turns enemies into 8-bit pixels, resulting in them looking like incomplete “Tetris” games.
Insomniac has also confirmed that the game will be revealing some of the events that will be seen in the movie, with the major difference of the game being told through the perspective of recurring “Ratchet and Clank” character Captain Qwark. Since he’s telling the events of the game, many of the movie’s events get changed into heavier action sequences, which will probably be a blast to play for veteran fans and newer players to the series.
“Ratchet and Clank” will be released for the PlayStation 4 in the spring of 2016, on the same day the “Ratchet and Clank” movie opens. If the movie succeeds, there’s a good chance the game will, too. More details of the game will be revealed at the Electro Entertainment Expo (E3), which will take place next week in Los Angeles.