Following a website leak, Insomniac Games has formally unveiled Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, a PlayStation 3 title due later this year.
According to IGN, the new series entry will release both digitally and in-store in northern autumn for $30; in Europe, it will be titled simply Ratchet & Clank: Nexus.
Into the Nexus is a single-player epilogue to Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time, and marks a “true return to form” for the series after the deviations of Q-Force. Ratchet & Clank series producer Brian Allgeier said that, noted that “the time was right to come back to the core series”, which is why Into the Nexus is more in line with early entries.
Captain Qwark, Talwyn, Cronk and Zephyr make a return, apparently, and our heroes will visit a new sector of space filled with new planets.
Clank will have new abilities allowing him to alter gravity and manipulate objects to solve platforming puzzles by tuning into alternate dimensions; players will control the robot directly in these Netherverse sections, opening new environments for Ratchet.
New weapons and gadgets include the Winterizer, Nightmare Box, Repulsor, Vortex Grenade, Grav Tether, Fusion Grenade and Nether Blades.
The game was leaked just ahead of its official reveal by a website error. Details of the new game were allegedly posted on Insomniac’s website before being hurriedly taken down; NeoGAF users managed to copy a slab of text and some art before it was pulled. A trailer was briefly available, too, and at least one screengrab was snatched from it.
The matching art style strongly suggests this is what Sony was teasing with its “heroes return” materials.
Check out the story blurb, trailer and key artwork below, as well as a small gallery of screens courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.
“After one of the most infamous manhunts in galactic history results in the capture of Vendra Prog, Ratchet and Clank offer to escort the dangerous criminal to the Vartax Detention Center. After a daring orbital jailbreak at the forgotten edge of the galaxy, Ratchet and Clank find themselves lost in an abandoned sector. There, in deepest space, they uncover an inter-dimensional event that threatens the universe—and forces Ratchet to decide what’s really important.”