The “Ratchet & Clank” franchise has always been about two things (no, not Ratchet &
Clank). Really fun, slapstick humor and outlandish, powerful weapons are the
basis for the game series.
In the new “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One,” the humor will definitely be there as Quark and Dr.
Nefarious team up with our heroic duo in co-op action. PlayStation and Insomniac Games are showing
off the new weaponry with a video that highlights the four elements.
Check out the video for the destructive power of the fire-spewing Pyroblaster, the whip-like
Arc Lasher, the full-team bulldozing Blitzer, and (what I think will be my
favorite) the cool-as-ice Frost Cannon.
While the game is designed for four-player co-op, it can be played by a single player. But what
better excuse to get friends together than this?
“Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One” is exclusive for the PlayStation 3 and will be launching
Last October, Insomniac Games creative director Brian Allgeier said “Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time” was about tying up many loose ends in the series, which spawned talk about the popular franchise coming to a close.
“Never say never, but people need that closure,” Allgeier said in October. “We hope to be wrapping things up with a bow.”
At the GamesCom event in Cologne, Germany, Insomniac unraveled the bow just a bit with the announcement of a new R&C game, “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One,” exclusively for the PlayStation 3 console.
The game is a four-player co-op title allowing gamers to play as Ratchet, Clank, Captain Quark or Dr. Nefarious. The demo at GamesCom showed all four characters being used to traverse chasms, being launched by cannon and cooperating to kill a boss fight by flinging each other at the opponent.
The game is called Insomniac’s first ever one-to-four player cooperative, online/offline, drop-in/drop-out title. Chad Dezern, studio director at Insomniac’s North Carolina studios, said they felt a moral obligation to include Quark and Nefarious in the game.
“There was just too much comedy potential in bringing this group together for us to pass up the opportunity, Dezern said. “Their bumbling idiocy, prickly antagonism, and unfettered evil was a perfect reflection of how we play “All 4 One” here in the office. “
Dezern said they began work on the new title in January 2009 and expect to release “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One” in the fall of 2011. He said they also plan to release more information at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington on September 4.