There have been 14 “Ratchet & Clank” video games for Playstation platforms since the game was first developed by Insomniac Games and released in 2002. All of the adventures focus on a furry Lombax named Ratchet who, along with a robot buddy Clank, helps save the world.
A re-imagined version of the original game and a feature film based on the franchise are now available. Insomniac Chief Brand Officer Ryan Schneider, says the game is a mix of new and classic “Ratchet & Clank.”
“We are re-imagining the 2002 game but bringing in the best of everything that has made ‘Ratchet & Clank’ special throughout the years,” Schneider says. “Longtime fans, they will recognize this is a classic ‘Ratchet & Clank’ game. But so much is different.
There are classic worlds shown through all new visuals. There are also new boss battles.
In the new game, Clank shows Ratchet a recording by Chairman Drek, who explains that his home planet has become so polluted it is now uninhabitable. Drek’s solution is to build a new planet by extracting areas from other planets.
Schneider points out that one of the trademarks of “Ratchet & Clank” games is the “humor and heart.” The new game also has cranked up new weapons and gadgets.
The game and movie plots are similar.
Kevin Munroe, director “Ratchet & Clank,” says the idea is to re-introduce the franchise to fans and introduce it to a new audience.
‘Ratchet & Clank’ timeline
2002: “Ratchet & Clank”
2003: “Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando”
2004: “Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal”
2005: “Ratchet: Deadlocked”
2007: “Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters”
2007: “Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction”
2008: “Super Agent Clank”
2008: “Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty”
2009: “Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time”
2011: “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One”
2012: “Ratchet & Clank Collection”
2012 “Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault”
2013: “Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus”
2016: “Ratchet & Clank”