Why bother with E3? The much anticipated PS4 re-imagining-boot of Ratchet & Clank has just released its first trailer, and it looks pretty darn good. All of E3’s goodies are splurging onto the internet already and the show is still days away. It must feel like a guest at house party who arrives on time but finds out that all the booze has been drunk and he has to unblock the toilet.
Check out the pleasingly furry Ratchet & Clank trailer:
And this gameplay preview:
Originally pitched as a HD remake of the PS2 game, this new version of Ratchet & Clank seems quickly to have taken on a life of its own. It reportedly borrows a lot of elements from the upcoming film and spins off in new directions. Insomniac Games accompanied the trailer’s released with an update on the game on the Playstation Blog:
We knew early on that we didn’t want to just up-res Ratchet & Clank for PS2. We started out thinking of Ratchet & Clank on PS4 as a “re-imagining” of the 2002 original, revised to tie in with the deeper version of Ratchet’s origin story (as seen in the film). 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.
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 fresh start means we changed up the arsenal quite a bit as well. As always with Ratchet & Clank games, you battle your enemies with an out-of-this-world arsenal. In the PS4 version of Ratchet & Clank, the majority of the arsenal is made up of weapons that weren’t in the original game. That means both new weapons and fan-favorite tools of destruction from the Ratchet & Clank Future series will fill out Ratchet’s kit. From the brand new Pixelizer (which transforms enemies into explosive 8-bit pixels) to franchise favorites like the dance-party-inducing Groovitron and wise-cracking robotic bodyguard Mr. Zurkon, Ratchet & Clank’s arsenal has never been better.
Ratchet & Clank should hit the PS4 in Spring 2016. It will be playable on the E3 show floor and further details might be released at the event. But why would they even bother waiting?