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Submitted by TheLyonKing 838d ago | interview

Insomniac's Ted Price: "Interest certainly hasn't waned in Ratchet"

Ratchet & Clank and Resistance developer Insomniac Games is in something of a transitional phase. It's done making Resistance games, it's got a new IP on the way with the just barely announced Fuse - formerly called Overstrike - and it just recently released its first Facebook game Outernauts. (Dev, Insomniac Games, PS3, Ratchet and Clank)

Relientk77  +   838d ago
Why would it? Ratchet & Clank is amazing franchise. Fantastic platforming and story, creative and destructive weapons and gadgets, and the games are just a blast to play, really fun.
Hatsune-Miku  +   838d ago
I will say that the ratchet games are so underrated. Amazing series I think with innovative ideas and platforming
Relientk77  +   838d ago
Ratchet & Clank and the Spyro the Dragon series are my favorite franchises by Insomniac. I wish they still had the rights to Spyro. :-/
Abash  +   838d ago
Ratchet retail releases need a competitive multiplayer mode, that would definitely make sales even bigger
linkratos  +   837d ago
I love how the sheep just instantly disagree with Abash. Anyone who has played multiplayer Ratchet knows how awesome it can be.
JKelloggs  +   838d ago
Also with Jak and Daxter, it needs a sequel. I agree with Spyro too, and with Crash, wish Activision didn't own the rights to them, the last games that they made with them in, were just horrific. Bring back the oldies!
Relientk77  +   838d ago
^ This
black911  +   838d ago
Jak and daxter PS4. Sony is saving alot for PS4.
fredrikpedersen  +   838d ago
How did Activision end up with the rights for Crash anyway?
Teflon02  +   837d ago
@Fred
Hmm...
Easy way to say it is, Naughty Dogg was owned by Universal games while Crash 1- CTR was developed. After that I believe something happened where Sony had the chance to aquire them and they did, Insomniac didn't want to be aquired i believe. But when this happened Sony as a company new to the games industry made a big mistake. They mistake of not getting the IP rights before getting Naughty Dogg so Universal owned it by default. So I think they murged with vivendi and then something happened and activision was under vivendi so they game them the rights tk the game. This is after radical games and so on trying to make hits. But I believe crash has no new games because they realized Naughty Dogg onky knows the key to good crash lol. And if sony was smart they'd buy out crash now since vivendi is trying to sell activision which means crash would be fairly cheap right now and naughty dogg said theyd love to do a new crash game
ado908  +   838d ago
@Abash

I don't see why you got disagrees. That would be a great idea. Kinda have that Deadlocked vibe into the game's multiplayer
TheLyonKing  +   838d ago
I just disagreed cause I don't see why every game has to have some multi-player aspect.
ado908  +   838d ago
@TheLyonKing

Putting in multiplayer in this game is totally different then multiplayer say in COD. You play Ratchet and clank up your arsenal? You ever play the game modes with your friend or sibling splitscreen and try to mess around and capture and destroy bases? It's amazingly fun. Late ps3 releases of R&C has never had multiplayer so it'll be cool to have it because it will give more replayability. Besides you have the option to play multiplayer it's not like you're forced to. I'm a true R&C fan and I know many other's who are too and they would love to try out multiplayer together
Freak of Nature  +   838d ago
@ ADO908...

I quess because "Abash" he did not totally praise the game bowing down to it on his knees...? if it's not all candycanes and rainbows here about a PS3 game you get bashed, there is no realistic middle ground, no option to even give something PS3/2 related the most minute crit.It's OMGZzzzz, the best ever or else!

Now watch my disagrees? And I own all the systems with PS3 being my favorite, and PS4 will be bought on DAY 1!...But no matter, no room for anything but the sweetest of words, the grandest of compliments, if you do or say what I just have it's the plank for ye...Just watch me in a second LOL....

Anyways. Ratchet and Clank is one of my favorite series, I do wish they would evolve some, add some depth,bring in a new hook, instead of what seems to be going the old cash cow route (right I dare say that here on N4G's..... A new open World, more depth in COOP, add MP in a bigger way, sure you don't care for MP, then don't play it, but it's a nice option for many...remote play treatment for Vita would be great...

Overstrike (FUSE) looks very promising, one high up on my radar list...

CYA...
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-Gespenst-  +   838d ago
I just wish Insomniac would make a proper outing. All these new spin-off games feel like they should be modes in or gameplay features of a larger, proper R&C game.

Also, Insomniac getting the rights to Spyro again would be a dream come true. If they could get Stewart Copeland on board too... agh, incredible. Sad that it probably won't happen.
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indubitably  +   837d ago
Ratchet & Clank is literally the only reason I want a PS3. I beat the first 4 games 100% on the PS2 but I can't quite do that by just borrowing my friend's PS3
Canary  +   837d ago
I wouldn't go that far. The gameplay -is- perfectly executed, but story has -never- been R&C's strong point.

And as for the interest not waning... well, yes, part of that can be attributed to the fact that it's a great franchise... but I think the greater part is because, well, Insomniac's really the ONLY developer left making that kind of PS2-era platformer. The only other games that come close are either Nintendo's 3D mario platformers (to a degree) or HD ports of PS2 games.

If there were still games like Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper, Maximo, Beyond Good & Evil, etc., etc. coming out, Ratchet and Clank wouldn't be nearly so popular today.

Which is a shame. As much as I love Ratchet and Clank, I'd love some competition in the market a good bit more.
HellzAssassin  +   837d ago
Honestly, I agree with Abash and linkratos. The competitive multiplayer in Deadlocked was a hell of alot of fun back in the days. Granted, I'm not absolutely crazy about most MP options in games that don't need it, but Ratchet would definitely benefit from an incredible online competitive MP experience with the tons of different skins, weapons, customization options and so forth, as long as they keep the single player top notch. Similar to what Naughty Dog has done with the Uncharted franchise.
dorron  +   838d ago
Ratchet franchise is amazing, but I feel lately they're heading a wrong direction. I don't feel All for One was a Ratchet game at all. Didn't catch my interest. And the forcoming Qforce...I tried the demo and I'm not convinced (still buying it since it was damn cheap and had crossbuy, but ...tower defense???? come on!!!).

They should go back to A crack in time style gameplay...
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RustedMan  +   838d ago
Interest in Ratchet couldn't be higher.
My own love for the franchise begins with the characters, the hysterical writing, the beautiful and extremely well realized worlds, and ends with the rock solid game mechanics.
No other game I've played in recent times makes you feel so good collecting things. It's the explosion of bolts that gravitate towards you as you run by them, the "ting" sound as you collect them, it's like the best kind of drug.
More than a single coin from Mario, I could compare the feeling of collecting bolts to Sonic running through a solid, uninterrupted line of rings in a loop.

A fine example of quality writing and design, and (obviously) some of the best weapons in gaming.
Captain Qwark 9  +   838d ago
all 4 one.....full frontal assault.....
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Captain Qwark 9  +   838d ago
its going to start if they dont give us a real ratchet soon. all 4 one was a joke and full frontal assault looks like another mediocre game to tarnish the franchise. a crack in time was amazing and the best since going commando and those game are how you follow it up! thats a freaking joke.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   838d ago
Full Frontal Assault looks like it could be pretty fun for what it is. I want a real Ratchet game too like A Crack in Time too. But Full Frontal Assault looks like a MOBAish game and i hope they add in 5v5 eventually because a 3rd person MOBA game on consoles would be pretty fun.
MidnytRain  +   838d ago
Couldn't have said it better myself! While I didn't play the games, the betas for A4O and FFA were terrible. Not technically so, but as a concepts they blew chunks. A Crack in Time needs a proper successor.
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SlipperyMooseCakes  +   838d ago
They are over saturating the market with not A list Ratchet titles. All 4 One, Full Frontal Assault and the spin off PlayStation Move Heroes or whatever are not what Ratchet fans want. I'm playing through the collection game now and it is awesome.
SoapShoes  +   838d ago
You haven't even played full frontal assault. It's not going to deviate from the formula like all 4 one did....
SlipperyMooseCakes  +   838d ago
I have the beta bro ;)
SoapShoes  +   838d ago
You all realize that Full Frontal/Qforce isn't focusing on tower defense right? Yeah for the multiplayer but since when has Ratchet multiplayer been like the single player? The single player is classic Ratchet gameplay with a small focus on tower defense.
dorron  +   838d ago
Hope so...why would they want to add TD gameplay I don't know. It's really annoying. Same thing happened with AC Revelations and it was crap and whenever it happened cut the main story in a bad way...
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LightSamus  +   838d ago
Like said by a few, Insomniac should really concentrate on just producing a proper Ratchet and Clank game every 2-3 years rather than the spin-offs that have been done lately. They're not bad games by any stretch but they're not as good as the main series titles. Even Quest for Booty was great and that was a small downloadable title.
TheRacingX  +   838d ago
I would like the Ratchet Collection to get remote play treatment for Vita.....
dorron  +   838d ago
Remote play should be done for ALL games. It was a 30MB patch for GOW Collection. I think that's not too much asking for...
Parappa  +   838d ago
That's true cause I haven't been interested in Ratchet & never will be.
barb_wire  +   838d ago
I'd like a R&C game that was more the like the first/second ones on the PS2.. those were awesome.

Also, when's 'Fuse' supposed to come out.. didn't they announce it back at E3 2011? Wonder if Insomniac have bitten off more they can chew by going multiplatform?
morkendo23  +   838d ago
Ratchet and Clank was good,Going Commando was good, Up Your Arsino was good, Deadlock was HORRIBLE. Tools of Destruction was EXCELLENT,Quest for Booty was good,A Crack in Time was EXCELLENT, All 4 One haaa yeah' right. Full Frontal Assault??? my guess will be mediocre to say the lease.
despair  +   838d ago
R&C up to ACiT was my favorite series, A4One is one of the worst games I've played and full frontal assault does not impress. They need to go back to large open planets and single player storylines. I hate not being able to explore or get a decent(and funny) story with new and interesting characters.
labaronx  +   838d ago
while i agree all 4 one wasn't the best ratchet game...
the main series has been excellent

currently playing ratchet collection and cant wait to platinum them all.....

also cant wait for deadlocked and full frontal assault
MysticStrummer  +   838d ago
Just finished Resistance 3. What a great game. It deserved better sales IMO.

OT - I'd love a new (proper) R&C game.
dcortz2027  +   837d ago
I agree, The Resistance series is incredible! Insomniac are some of the best in the biz and I will buy any game that they release!
Qrphe  +   838d ago
Wait, there are people seriously thinking FFA will actually be a tower defense SINGLE player game????

Seriously???
Withdreday  +   838d ago
Of couse he's hyping Ratchet, Overstrike (or Fuse) will be lucky to sell 100,000 units across all platforms.
Cajun Chicken  +   838d ago
I love Ratchet, it's single handedly kept the days of Sony having many platform/action adventure exclusives. Personally I miss those days, that's what Sony was all about once. Great action adventure series and all were comically battling against each other. I never even had a chance to play Sly last generation because I was basically a Jak fanboy and discovered Ratchet very, very late last gen.

But Ratchet? Insomniac can make as many Ratchets as they want. I don't think a single sole developer has ever had so many consecutive sequels without the series ever getting old.
OllieBoy  +   837d ago
Ratchet & Clank is one of the main reasons why I prefer Sony over the other big two. It's great to hear that Insomniac will keep making them.
omarzy  +   837d ago
Do something like Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal.
ajax17  +   837d ago
Such a shame they gave up on resistance! I don't give a rat's ass about ratchet and clank!

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