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Ratchet & Clank movie out 2015, first trailer released

Ratchet & Clank movie out 2015, first trailer released

UPDATE: Heavenly Sword CG-animated direct-to-video movie, too.

UPDATE: In addition to the Ratchet & Clank movie announced earlier today, there will be a CG-animated movie based on PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavenly Sword.

But unlike the Ratchet & Clank movie, the Heavenly Sword movie will be direct-to-video - that is, it won't release in cinemas.

According to Variety, Blockade is producing Heavenly Sword alongside Ratchet & Clank.

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New EA/Insomniac project Outernauts spotted

Plus, Populous title also on publisher's FY13 slate.

Resistance and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games is working with EA on a mystery title called Outernauts, according to a new trademark listing.

EU PlayStation Store update 7th December

EU PlayStation Store update 7th December

BF3: Back to Karkand! Mortal Kombat! Ratchet for Ł49.99!

Long-delayed Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection has finally launched on the EU PlayStation Store this week. The compilation contains 2D classics Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 in one bundle.

The game had originally been due for an August launch alongside its Xbox Live Arcade counterpart, but continually failed to appear, something Sony blamed on a "technical issue".

Back to Karkand, the first Battlefield 3 expansion, went live earlier this week and contains four maps from previous Battlefield instalments. PlayStation 3 gamers get it a week before their PC and Xbox 360 friends.

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Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One

Not-so-super Smash Bros.

Co-op gaming looks easy. Just take a one player game and stick another playable character in it, right? Bingo! Instant co-op! That's the approach that a lot of games take, and it's to Insomniac's credit that it has broken out of the traditional platform game mould for its underdog mascot's first fully co-operative adventure. It's just a shame that breaking out of that mould has left both characters and developer lost in a fog of half-baked ideas, restrictive level design and simplistic gameplay.

The plot, for what it's worth, finds Ratchet and Clank forced to team up with ineffectual superhero Qwark and perennial villain Doctor Nefarious when all four are snatched by something called the Creature Collector. In the tradition of The Defiant Ones and Enemy Mine, former rivals must work together to survive.

"Work together" is a somewhat relative term, however. This is a co-op game in the sense that up to four players are on-screen at the same time. Sometimes two or more players will have to stand in the same spot and press a button at the same time. More rarely, you'll have to collaborate to get an electrical creature into a socket, with one player holding it open while another fires it in. Some larger turrets must be distracted, allowing one player to slip behind and deliver a killer blow to the obligatory weak spot.

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Out This Week - 21/10/11

Batman: Arkham City! Tintin! Ratchet!

This week two very different pencil-drawn heroes of the comic book world each star in their own video games.

Sony announces Uncharted Collection

Sony announces Uncharted Collection

Plus Resistance, Ratchet & Clank sets.

The first two Uncharted games are being taped together and put on store shelves from 22nd July, Sony has announced.

As well as the first two games in Naughty Dog's revered PlayStation 3 franchise, you'll also get a theme and avatar for Uncharted 3.

According to CVG, the same treatment is also being afforded to the first two Resistance games and Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and A Crack in Time.

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FeatureOverstrike: Insomniac's multi-platform future

Has the Resistance developer left PS3 exclusivity behind?

After 15 years of PlayStation exclusivity, Resistance and Ratchet developer Insomniac is spreading its wings and having a crack at multi-platform development. The eventual result, announced during EA's E3 2011 press conference with a CGI trailer, is four-player co-op action game Overstrike.

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One release date

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One release date

Find three friends in time for October.

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One will release on 19th October across Europe. That's a Wednesday.

UK releases generally happen on a Friday. So Friday, 21st October? We're checking.

Confirmation comes from the European PlayStation blog. The post there outlines the pre-order goodies on offer: a T-Rex Morph Weapon Mod, flamethrower, Mr. Zurkon hovering ally and Sheepinator Morphy Weapon Mod.

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Ratchet & Clank All 4 One 3D confirmed

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One supports stereoscopic 3D visuals, maker Insomniac has announced.

Confirmation comes from a SXSW Interactive demo event attended by Joystiq.

Ratchet & Clank is the latest in a raft of 3D-enabled PlayStation 3 exclusives. Console maker Sony has invested heavily in the tech, pumping millions into 3D for its TVs, movies and gaming.

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Outside of the more tactically minded shooters, "co-op" is fast becoming one of the most abused terms in gaming. Lots of games boast about it but few offer a genuinely co-operative experience. Sticking two players in a gameworld and occasionally asking them to press buttons at the same time to open a door shouldn't really count.

EA: Insomniac game to beat 90 Metacritic

Is "breaking new ground".

Resistance and Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac's upcoming multiplatform EA game will manage a higher than 90 review score average, the US publishing behemoth has confidently proclaimed.

New Ratchet & Clank game announced

New Ratchet & Clank game announced

Four-player co-op this autumn.

Insomniac has announced a new Ratchet & Clank game subtitled All 4 One. It's due this autumn and the hook is co-op.

A quartet of friends can band together online or offline in same-screen co-op, and drop in or drop out on a whim. Returning heroes Ratchet and Clank will be joined by Dr Nefarious and Captain Qwark, and the squad will run, jump, blast and collect bolts.

Collaborative weapons like an electric tether will be on offer, and the team can be fired from a giant canon or slingshot.

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