Ratchet And Clank HD Collection Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    March 16, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Insomniac Games, like Naughty Dog, has been a staunch supporter of the PlayStation platform since their major debut with Spyro the Dragon. They really got their start, however, with Ratchet and Clank on the PlayStation 2 in 2002. Sony has something special planned for the 10th anniversary of everybody’s favorite Lombax and robot duo.

Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games, took to the PlayStation blog to announce the impending release of the Ratchet and Clank collection. It will collect the first three games in the Ratchet and Clank series on the PS2 and give them the HD treatment that other franchises have received in the past.

For those who can’t remember that far back, the collection will include the original Ratchet and Clank, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal. All of the games are being remastered by Idol Minds in close collaboration with the team at Insomniac Games. The games will receive the usual treatment including 1080p HD remastering, with the addition of 720p 3D support. It will also include three sets of trophies for so you can get three platinum trophies.

Ratchet And Clank HD Collection

The really cool thing is that Up Your Arsenal’s online mode will remain intact. Many people, myself included, never got a chance to experience the online mode when the game originally released due to the PS2’s online infrastructure being pretty terrible. Now everybody will get to enjoy the 8-player multiplayer that was apparently pretty good.

The game will release in Europe in May with a North American launch coming later in the year. Why the late launch for the US? Price says that it’s going to be a part of a larger celebration for the 10th anniversary of the franchise. Why the celebration is locked to North America and not Europe is beyond me, but I’ll take whatever festivities I can get.

It’s interesting to note that an Insomniac representative in the comments keeps telling fans that they will want to pre-order the game. It seems that part of the 10th anniversary celebration will be a reward for those who pre-order the game. That will be a first for an HD collection, so I definitely can’t wait to see what it is.

Ratchet And Clank HD Collection

As an aside, you may be wondering where Ratchet and Clank: Deadlocked is. The simple fact is that Deadlocked, much like Jak X: Combat Racing, are the black sheep of their respective franchises and most fans generally dislike them. They added nothing new to the narrative and were only there to fill in a gap between the last proper game and the launch of the PS3 which saw a new generation of Ratchet and Clank games.

Insomniac promises more information as we draw closer to the release date, including more screens and the first trailer.

  • Jadecavy

    Holy fuck yes, this pleases me greatly

  • Husky Davies

    Deadlocked disliked by fans? If they don’t like it is because they are not R&C fans. I still have the game and Deadlocked was one of the best PS2 games I’ve played, even though it was more of a spin-off in the series. Imagine how incredible Deadlocked could be as a PS3 online multiplayer. Far better than Up Your Arsenal.

  • Chase

    Holy Crap, Deadlocked was amazing! Probably one of the greater games of the series, just because of all the action. Will be getting this collection, probably a pre-order too. Played the crap out of the PS2 games, and will play the crap out of this collection too. Really hope the NA bonus is Deadlocked with Co-Op. Ratchet Deadlocked was one of the most fun you can have on a multiplayer game.

  • Ryban

    Deadlocked is a complete departure. There is no Clank, thats why it was Ratchet: Deadlocked. You lose so much platforming (plus the fact that it is a platformer turned into a shooter) without the extra abilities he granted, and it just isn’t the same. I’d agree with the author in saying it was a stepping stone to the PS3. Plus, the face of online gaming has changed in the last decade so much. I mean, Everquest was still fresh and now we’re swamped with MMOs and MW3/BF3 regurgitation annually.

  • Omfg

    Ive been waiting forever for this!!!!! I even pre ordered it XD…..cant wait for september!!!!!!!

  • Leonel V. Tambe

    Insonmiac can you add deadlock on the collection too cuz ive never play 1 2 3 deadlock only i play is all the ratchet and clank future and all 4 one

  • Leonel V. Tambe