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Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Crashes onto PS3 This Year

Posted by Sammy Barker

And it's not a spin-off

Just when you thought that this year’s gigantic PlayStation 3 lineup couldn’t possibly get any bigger, Insomniac Games has announced that it’s working on a brand new title for the current generation console. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexuswhich has been the subject of much teasing over the past few days – is being billed as a true sequel to 2009’s excellent Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time. Excuse us while we pull out our Groovatron glove and shake some moves in celebration.

Chatting with IGN, creative director Brian Allgeier noted that “the time was right to come back to the core series”. There have been a couple of recent Ratchet & Clank releases, but neither Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One nor Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault scratched that old-school itch. Thankfully, this one will.

In addition to capturing the franchise’s classic feel, the sequel also aims to explore the “darkness of space”. The debut trailer shows the titular hero hopping around a massive anti-gravitational area, and Allgeier explains that the team thought that it would be fun to take the series in a “spookier direction”. You’ll still have access to some crazy guns, though, including the Nightmare Box, which terrifies foes, and the Repulsor, which will leave your unfortunate adversaries suspended in midair.

The developer’s also tossing some new grenades into the game: the Vortex Grenade and the Fusion Grenade. The former sucks bad guys into a black hole, while the latter is more of a traditional area-of-effect explosive. And then there’s the Winterizer, a fresh firearm that turns goons into snowmen and plays Jingle Bells when you pull the trigger. Sounds fun, huh?

Of course, this wouldn’t be Ratchet & Clank without a handful of non-offensive tools, too, and as such, you’ll have access to a new Grav Tether, which will allow you to navigate increasingly complex platforming sections. You’ll need to employ this item to cross some enormous chasms – and pick up some pesky Gold Bolts in the process.

The game’s due out later this year, and will cost you just $29.99. IGN notes that the release was originally subtitled Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nether Regions, but Insomniac Games was never going to get away with that one, was it? Check out the debut trailer embedded below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

[via uk.ign.com, blog.us.playstation.com]

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sackninja

#1

sackninja said:

Original working name (According to someone on gamefaqs) was ratchet and clank into the nether realms. Awww yeah, insomniac is back.

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@sackninja IGN lists it as 'Into the Nether Regions', but it's a similar pun. Haha, I wish they could get away with these names. A Crack in Time was going to be called 'Clock Blockers'! :P

Gamer83

#3

Gamer83 said:

The trailer is great too bad I won't be buying. This is another one that should've been a PS4 game. Surprised Insomniac took time out of its busy schedule filled with crappy R&C spinoffs and sucking up to MS to make an actual R&C though. Guess that's a win.

Epic

#6

Epic said:

Well I've been waiting for this since the release of a Crack In Time hope it lives my expectation.

RaymanFan2

#7

RaymanFan2 said:

It's R&C: Nexus in EU regions.
Also, that $30 price tag worries me. Nothing was said about a reduced length when compared to the other 'full' R&C games, but at that price...
Then again, Sly 4 was $40, right?

Ristar42

#8

Ristar42 said:

I'm glad of the continuing PS3 support, I cant really afford a new console at the moment, and I think Nintendo made a mistake dropping the Wii so fast.

Strofan7

#11

Strofan7 said:

$30 could just be BECAUSE it isn't a PS4 game. Why buy a $60 PS3 game when you can buy a $60 PS4 game? I don't think the price tag is in any way indicative of quality.

rjejr

#12

rjejr said:

So much excitement, such a good way to start the day.

I was going to start writing my Dear Santa, Christmas letter but for $29.99 I'll buy it day 1.

And that brings me back to my negative ninny reality.

On the above linked to US PS blog the Insomniac guy says this is bigger than Quest for Booty, meaning it's more in line w/ those than a full length game. He also several times refers to this as an epilogue to the ToD QfB ACiT trilogy, so this isn't a truly fully new game, it's a half-game conclusion. I never played Frontal Assault past the demo, but I recall Quest for Booty was about 3 hours while the 2 full games were 12, so I'm guessing 6 hours for this one. Hence the $29.99.

Still, I'ld rather play 6 hours of this than just about anything else currently available (including GTAV, TLoU and B:2S.) I just hope there's some replay in the form of arena challenges or something like the full games usually have. I recall QfB was just a linear game w/o any replay value except replaying the game once a year.

Still, it's all downhill from here today.

Oh, and thank you Insomniac for not making this PS4.

OK - 2 more things.

Looking at that ad photo, 1st thing that popped into my head was PS3 wallpaper. I'm guessing free w/ game DL.

"Into the Nether Regions" or "Realms" was a perfect US title to go along w/ Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal. I'm kinda surprised they wimped out.

shingi_70

#14

shingi_70 said:

@Gamer83

Well you do know that Insomniac is a three to four studio developer right? The spin-off games have been made by the same team since its inception.

Fuse was down by the Ratchet and Clank Team
Sunset Overdrive is by the resistance team
The spin off games where by another team

going by their development schedules the next games will be

Sunset overdrive from the resistance guys in 2015
The next mainline ratchet and clank game to coincide with the movie.
The next fuse by the spin off team.

Squiggle55

#16

Squiggle55 said:

@Sony_70 I hope you're right that they bring out another full Ratchet game to coincide with the movie. I'm very excited about this game, but only a very tiny bit disappointed that it's not a completely full length adventure. I also would absolutely love for them to put all 4 Future titles into one retail package.

MultiAntX

#20

MultiAntX said:

@RaymanFan2 There making it a cheap price because this games going to release around the time the PS4 is out. So they want it to be cheap so people will buy

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