Play the game, based on the movie, based on the game!
On April 12th, get ready to revisit a facet of your past that’s re-emerging after 14 years, all new and all updated. Sony Computer Entertainment and Insomniac Games are bringing Ratchet and Clank, the classic story of an orphaned Lombax and his robotic BFF, forward to the PS4 in a a newly expanded origin story. Developed alongside the upcoming theatrical movie release–due in theaters April 29th–the game features over an hour of new cinematic cutscenes and updated gameplay suited for the updated PS4 system.
The cut scenes include footage from the film itself, bringing the two together in an experience that blurs the edges between game and movie. Fans will be able to play the game and then make their way to theaters for a full length feature that goes into new depth concerning Ratchet’s past, their team-up, and their very first adventure to defeat the evil Chairman Drek. The voice actors we’ve grown to love over the past 14 years are all back to take their voices from console to big screen, as well as an exciting array of new characters, such as Bella Thorne’s Galactic Ranger Cora, a totally kickass female character. Cora will also be making her debut in the companion game, bringing a new dynamic to the classic game.
Fans can expect a slew of new and exciting gameplay options, including Clank gameplay, new flight sequences, and new boss battles. We’ve also been promised that the arsenal spread will contain a host of new surprises, but won’t leave our original favorites out. And of course, the silly humor that has been a staple to the games will not be diminished any, either.
Oh, yeah, it’s also told from our favorite idiot’s perspective.
Captain Qwark, for those new to the franchise, is a long-standing ally/enemy of Ratchet and Clank, filled to the brim with self-aggrandizing flair and a position of power and popularity among the masses. In short, his ego is off the charts, but there’s actually very little heroism to back it all up. He’s been known to do anything and everything to make sure everyone in the room thinks he’s fantastic.
We have a pretty good inkling of how a game narrated from his mind is going to go, and sitting down with some of the men behind this production during Wondercon this past weekend only served to confirm these suspicions. Brad Foxhoven, producer, and Kevin Munroe, writer, had quite a bit to say about the project they’ve been slaving over for quite some time now–but by all accounts, it definitely comes off as a labor of love.
“Taking it from Qwark’s perspective you immediately as a fan, you get it. You go, oh that makes sense.” They went on to describe the chapter as “narratively true to what Ratchet and Clank is anyways. Of course you would have a whole chapter of their story that is retold by Qwark, in this really self-centered, arrogant, funny way.” We all know Qwark isn’t really one to share the heroics, so don’t expect Ratchet to be glorified as our snappy little protagonist. “It undercuts the movie but at the same time follows the same storyline.”
While the movie can already be closely tied to the game series that inspired it, what with sharing the same voice cast as well as very close ties to the game companies responsible for putting out the original series, this re-release of the game that is so entwined with the movie is a comforting facet. Fans have been assured repeatedly that this is one video game movie that will not suck, and here it truly does feel like a promise instead of empty words. Because when it comes down to it, who do we want to be making movies based on our favorite video game franchises?
Fans. People who know the franchise, care about the story, and enjoy the experience the games give. And after speaking to Brad Foxhoven and Kevin Munroe during Wondercon, we’re pretty sure that this film is in safe hands.
We’ll see you in theaters on April 29th!
Until then, The Ratchet and Clank video game based on the movie based on the game will be available on April 12th, 2016. Pre-order your copy now at Gamestop, Amazon, or via the Playstation store for an exclusive weapon, the Bouncer, courtesy of Megacorp. Pre-ordering is good. Trust me, you want that Bouncer.