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Ratchet & Clank interest “hasn’t waned” for fans, says Insomniac

Friday, 7th September 2012 20:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ratchet & Clank interest “certainly hasn’t waned” for fans of the series, according to Insomniac boss Ted Price. In fact, it’s a series fans of the developer “are most passionate about.”

Speaking with Eurogamer, Price said the series has done “really well” as a whole, and the secret to its success has been diversifying each release while staying within the core perimeters.

“Ratchet started as a kitchen sink game where we’d do a ton of different things in terms of mechanics, in terms of mini-games,” said Price. “It’s just a plethora of stuff that’s been shoved together. And we’ve become better at narrowing the focus for the Ratchet games over the years. I think it will always be a game that is about multiple mechanics.

“As a studio I believe we are getting better at focusing early on what will make a game great. With Ratchet: Full Frontal Assault it’s about the move back to original Ratchet mechanics but then providing something different in the context of this tower defense. It would be easy to get distracted putting a hoverboot track in the game or do space combat or something that has nothing to do with making an awesome tower-defense game combined with Ratchet’s original mechanics.

“That would be a mistake.”

Price said he’d like upcoming IPs Outernauts and Fuse to be turned to a series as well, as Insomniac loves “building franchises,” as once the first game has been established, the firm wants “to continue making games for [the] fans who love it.”

Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, also known as Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault in the US, contains Cross-Play between the PS3 and Vita versions, is one of Sony’s Cross-Buy titles, and will release in the fall.

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5 Comments

  1. FrankieDF

    As a Ratchet &Clank fan, I REALLY want them to stop doing the experimental crap and get back to making traditional ratchet games.

    All 4 one felt like such a waste of time that it made me feel bad for them just to see it.

    I just want more of what I liked with the other games. Awesome shooting gameplay, cool worlds, neat enemies, fun boss fights, and great characters.
    Not something else with ratchet & clank slotted in, like a tower defense.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. polygem

    i am totally with #1 here. i love this series. one of my fave gaming franchises. they have to focus on the core strengths of this series. the ones you named. the spin offs didn´t help to make the ip any better…please don´t resistance burning sky ratchet and clank this sony…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Cozzy

    @1 My thoughts exactly. Hopefully they will release a game on next-gen that will go back to the old style as a launch title.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Moonwalker1982

    Yep! I agree 100% with you guys. I loved the PS2 Ratchet & Clank games, until Gladiator came out, sigh. ToD and ACiT were really fun again though. But this all 4 one nonsense and Tower defense stuff…we do NOT need that in our R&C experiences.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    I also have to agree with you guys, the first post pretty much sums it up.

    #5 2 years ago

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