Insomniac Games has been all over the place lately. At E3, they jumped on the multi-platform bandwagon as they unveiled Sunset Overdrive. That was a shocker for most people, but that ship has already sailed. As of today, Insomniac has done something else that has everyones panties in a giant, unanimous wad. You see, they tweeted the image below. Give it a look. Drink it in. Let your inner gamer scream the scream of a pre-pubescent ladyboy.
Okay, how are you guys? Did you need to change your shorts? I know I did, so don’t feel bad. Anyways, that was the image Insomniac released. The only problem with it is that it brings forth quite a few more questions than answers. The way I see it, there are 4 pretty logical explanations as to what they are teasing. These opinions are my own, so please don’t go into a fit of hissy rage if you don’t agree. Instead of doing that, tell me why I am wrong, argue with me, tell me your opinions, etc. Please don’t get mad, though. Milin is already angry enough for all of us. Anyways, let’s get back to the speculation.
1.) Jak 4 (A less-than-likely outcome, but still worth mentioning)
It’s been a while since Naughty Dog suited up and released a new game in the treasured Jak and Daxter franchise. In fact, it’s been a solid 9 years since we got to hang out with Jak and his little furry friend (unless you count Playstation All-Stars, but I think I speak for the majority when I say we don’t). I think the gaming community’s opinion is pretty unanimous that we are due for another game in the franchise, and maybe this announcement could be it. It really wouldn’t be that surprising if Insomniac was given the reigns of Jak and Daxter. With The Last of Us and Uncharted under Naughty Dog’s belt, it’s not hard to believe that they would pass the project on to another willing studio (though I’m sure that studio would have to pay some pretty good money for it). Insomniac would be a great choice too, considering their work on Ratchet and Clank, which is a franchise quite similar to Jak and Daxter. The other big thing supporting this is the purple portal in the background. While it may not exactly point towards Jak 4, the portal does bare a striking resemblance to the portal in Jak and Daxter 1, supporting speculation pointing towards Jak being involved in one way or another. Personally, I think Jak 4 is a little bit of a stretch, mostly considering I can’t see ND giving up the franchise. However, there’s definitely an argument there. Let’s move on.
2.) A New Ratchet and Clank game (a very likely outcome)
Honestly, to me it seems like a new Ratchet and Clank game would be less likely than a Jak game from Insomniac, but that’s just me. I think a lot of people are jumping to the conclusion that this is likely a new chapter in the Ratchet & Clank series because of the fact that Insomniac announced it. A valid point, but is that enough to really validate these thoughts? Hell, people can think whatever they want. People could also argue that the whole “Heroes Return” phrase points towards Insomniac’s greatest hero duo returning, which actually is now making a lot of sense. Oh man, I feel like I am about to contradict myself in the same paragraph. Someone stop me before I commit this awful crime. I think the gaming community would be more than happy to have another Ratchet and Clank game. Even I would be happy to see them come back, considering All for One and Full Frontal Assault weren’t exactly great games. Right now, I think this is the most likely of the 4 scenarios discussed in this article (you didn’t expect that when you started reading, did you?). The fact that Insomniac tweeted “Speaking of Heroes Returning. You should ‘Follow Wednesday’ Creative Director @BrianAllgeier as I’m sure he’s excited for tomorrow too.”also kind of gives it away…. (he was one of the great minds behind Ratchet and Clank).
3.) Ratchet x Jak Crossover/ Playstation Move Heroes 2 (More likely than Jak 4)
While this is the outcome I least hope for, there is definitely some evidence pointing towards Sony making Ratchet x Jak crossover. Well, either that or Playstation Move Heroes 2 (if you don’t know what that was, it was a Sony mashup that didn’t exactly fare well on the review charts). I think the biggest evidence supporting this is the phrasing Insomniac/Sony used on the image. “When worlds collide” could be making a clear reference to some sort of crossover. This could be when the worlds of Ratchet and Jak collide, or even when the worlds of Naughty Dog and Insomniac collide (assuming those are the most likely candidates to be included in whatever this is). This would make it look like Sony might be trying to make a less abysmal Sony Move Heroes, but I don’t think that’s the case. If you go ahead and take a peek at Colin Moriaty’s twitter, he said “I can’t wait to show you what @PlayStation‘s been teasing. =) IGN, soon…”. I just don’t see that being his reaction if they were announcing something underwhelming like Sony Move Heroes 2. While it might be this, I really hope it’s not. I think most of the gaming community will concur with me on this one. Mhmm.
4.) Playstation All-Stars 2 – Developed by Insomniac
I know guys, I just read your mind didn’t I? I knew we were all on the same wavelength. While all signs point towards Insomniac announcing a brand new Ratchet and Clank game, it makes the most sense that they are actually going to announce Playstation All-Stars 2. I mean, all the signs are there. “When worlds collide….” obviously is referring to all the awesome characters that are going to be in the game! They might have to get a couple of licenses (the roster for the first one wasn’t exactly great…), but they totally could! Then you look at the “Heroes return” phrase, and they’re obviously talking about the plethora of heroes that made an appearance in Sony’s brawler. Big Daddy? Evil Cole? There are some prime heroes here that need to make their return (even though they were pretty much just here). Hell, that purple glow was most likely hinting towards them adding Spyro to the roster! Wouldn’t that be awesome? I am totally jumping on this wagon, guys. Who’s with me? Nobody? Fine, I don’t like anyone else touching my wagon anyways….
Okay guys, that was fun…wasn’t it? It was a wild, wild ride of speculation and intuition. However, I think I have come up with my most likely scenario for all of this nonsense. I think that Sony and Insomniac are going to announce another Ratchet and Clank game. The “Heroes Return” thing is pretty telling, and considering that the last two games have been spinoffs, it’s time for a proper Ratchet and Clank title. Now all that’s left to do is wait until tomorrow when they are going to make an announcement.
Even though all of this was just revealed within the past few days, tell me what you guys think this could be? Do you agree with my speculation? Am I a giant loon who should be locked away and forced to quit game journalism forever? Don’t go easy on me, either. I want to feel pain. Come at me, guys!