When news broke out that Ratchet & Clank is going to be made into a full-length movie, many fans were ecstatic. The movie is going to hit theaters on April 29th of this year, and it is a throwback to many gaming trends which seem to have evaporated over the years. The game is a third-person platformer that shares the same playstyle as many extinct videogame franchises. These titles were led by animal-like mascots (i.e. Banjo Kazooie, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Jan & Daxter, etc.) and were highly popular back in their glory days. However, these days it’s all about first-person shooters placed in militaristic settings, or sci-fi adventures, and even multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) have come to take the limelight. With the upcoming film, it presents viewers and gamers a perfect marriage between movie and videogames.
Ratchet & Clank is a Culmination of Great Minds to Create the Perfect Marriage Between Movie and Videogame
Ratchet & Clank first debuted on the PlayStation 2 back in 2002, and the lead hero is a mechanic that goes by the name of (you guessed it) Ratchet. He is from the cat-like Lombax race and the original title shows how he meets his trusty, albeit diminutive robot companion, Clank. Since their first release for the PS2, they have already appeared in over a dozen games since. They are even equated to something similar to Pixar movies because of how expressive their alien-like characters are as well as the vibrant worlds that they visit with each adventure.
Ratchet & Clank the animated feature film is made by Rainmaker Entertainment, which is a Vancouver-based studio. The film will be released at the same month of which the PlayStation 4 title will be launched. Both the game and the film will tell roughly the same story, which is an extensive retelling of the original PlayStation 2 title. There are certain sequences from the film that will make its way into the PS4 game by way of cutscenes. With current videogame technologies, visual appeal is almost indistinguishable from the game version and that of the movie.
When you watch the trailers for Ratchet & Clank the film and the PS4 title, the basic framework remains the same. Their adventure remains the same as well – defeat the lizard-like alien race known as the Blarg, which are travelling to nearby planets, stealing their resources, and will sometimes even destroy an entire planet just to completely build their own rendition of a perfect home.