In what feels like a giant breath of fresh air, Sony has announced a new Ratchet and Clank that will finally return the series to its roots. Gone are the obscurities that came with All 4 One and Full Frontal Assault, as Into the Nexus will play out like a very traditional Ratchet and Clank game.
According to IGN editor Colin Moriarity, the game will serve as an epilogue to the beloved Future series of Ratchet and Clank games. This includes Tools of Destruction, Quest for Booty, and Crack in Time. Likewise, it’s very probable that we will see the return of a number of characters from that branch of games. We will also see some other staple elements of the series return, including Skill Points, Gold Bolts, and regular weapon leveling and upgrades.
Into the Nexus begins with Ratchet and Clank transporting two villains named Vendra and Neftin Prog to a Detention Center. Unfortunately, the seemingly simple mission goes awry, and the two villains escape. In the following sequences, Ratchet & Clank end up stranded on a planet called Yerek, and it’s here that the core gameplay is shown off best.
Into the Nexus not only returns it to the franchise’s roots, but brings even crazier weapons and puzzles for you to solve. Ratchet is equipped with a usual blaster and area of effect grenade, but has some other pretty ridiculous weapons at his disposal. One is called the Nightmare Box, which launches a terrifying distraction for enemies so that Ratchet can deal with them a bit easier. Another, called the Winterizer, turns any enemy it makes contact with into Snowmen, all the while playing the Jingle Bells tune when being used. It’s weapons like these that truly bring out the hilarity and pure fun of Ratchet & Clank games.
Ratchet also has a fancy new gadget called the Grav Tether, which will allow him to cross wide chasms through the use of portals. These puzzles will become more complex over time, with the use of multiple portals to traverse obstacles. Clank will also have a new role, in which he crosses into alternate dimensions and navigates 2D platforming sections. These platforming sections will also be very puzzle oriented, and completing them will allow both Ratchet and Clank to explore new areas.
Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus looks like a welcoming new addition to the series, one that will hopefully get it moving in the right direction. Into the Nexus will be coming to the PlayStation 3 this Fall, priced at only $29.99. A Vita version is also up in the air, but given the troubles the company had with bringing Full Frontal Assault to the PlayStation Vita, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Nevertheless, I look forward to playing this game when it launches later this year. There better be some serious butt jokes to make up for the lack of an innuendo-esque title though. INTO MY NETHER REGIONS? COME ON, THAT’S PERFECT!
Here’s the official announcement trailer too: