Sony is re-making the original Ratchet & Clank game for release on PlayStation 4 early in 2015, the publisher has announced.
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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.
Lego Batman 2 has held onto the UK all-formats chart top spot despite tough competition from a handful of big new releases.
This week's European PlayStation Store update is jam-packed with classic PlayStation 3 games, alongside a sprinkling of tarted-up HD classics to boot.
BioShock (£11.99), Ridge Racer 7: 3D License Version (£14.99) plus Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Among Thieves (£14.99 each) all arrive to download.
New to PlayStation 3 is the previously Wii-exclusive Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection (£16.99, or £11.99 each for Umbrella Chronicles and Darkside Chronicles). These co-operative on-rails shooters retell the story of the early Resident Evil games, with slices of new story added in for good measure.
Ratchet & Clank has always felt like a series out of time, to me. The duo debuted in 2002, just as the platform game genre was starting to lose momentum. Just as today's market is flooded with brown first-person shooters, so the console gaming landscape of the late 90s was dominated by anthropomorphic double-jumping heroes, smashing crates and navigating primary-coloured jungles in the hope of joining Mario and Sonic at the top table.
Don't forget, when Microsoft launched the Xbox, it didn't originally pin its hopes on Master Chief but on a vacuum-wielding time-sweeping cat called Blinx. Don't hear much about him these days, do we? Crash Bandicoot has been MIA since 2008 and Spyro has been folded into the Skylanders universe, where the gameplay owes more to the top-down melee mashing of Diablo than any of the classic 3D platformers. As for the likes of Croc, Gex, Bubsy, Kao and a hundred other wannabes, they're landfill: forgotten IP from a more cheerful age, rendered obsolete by an industry that has taken a turn for the bloodthirsty as graphical quality has skyrocketed.
So with another new game already in the works - their 11th - while so many of their turn-of-the-century peers moulder in the gutter, the endurance of Ratchet & Clank marks them out as true survivors, Darwinian exemplars in the video game ecospace. Pompous nonsense? Nope. And this HD compilation of their first three adventures helps to explain why.
The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy launches in the UK and Ireland on Friday 29th June, Sony has announced.
It launches across Europe on Wednesday 27th June and in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday 28th June.
In announcing that the game had gone gold (that is, finished good and proper) Sony released a new trailer showcasing the HD collection. The set offers remastered versions of PlayStation 2 relics Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked & Loaded and Ratchet & Clank 3.
The rumoured deal between Sony and Gaikai will allow PS3 and maybe Vita to play old PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games, GamesIndustry International reports.
Ratchet & Clank HD Trilogy has had its PlayStation 3 release date pushed back from 16th May until early June, developer Insomniac has announced.
More evidence has surfaced of a Ratchet & Clank HD Collection, including news of a 16th May release date.
Amazon France first let the cat out of the bag earlier this month.
Today's information comes from NeoGAF, and a post containing leaked box art and game details.
Ratchet & Clank looks set to be the latest PlayStation exclusive series re-jigged in ultra-modern eye-popping high definition.