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All Articles: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
We’ve got a slightly subdued PlayStation Store update this week as only seven games were added to the service.
Leading things off is the latest Ratchet & Clank game, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. You know, I think using a double entendre as the title of a platformer that is basically for kids will never get old.
Also available this week is a trio Sega-published fighting games from the 1990s. All three games were developed by the company’s AM2 internal studio and they all should conjure up some good memories: Fighting Vipers, Sonic the Fighters, and Virtua Fighter 2.
Rounding out this week’s new releases is Men In Black: Alien Crisis (just in time for Men In Black 3‘s Blu-ray/DVD debut), Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, and the PSP game Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension.
The Fall gaming rush is over. After last week’s huge Wii U launch, there’s only a handful of new games left for the rest of the year (and only four this week).
At the top of the list is Sony’s “fun-sized” Ratchet & Clank game, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. The PS3 game, which carries a budget price of $19.99, will also be available to download from the PlayStation Network this week.
See you next week!
Are you still putting the Ratchet & Clank HD Collection through its paces? If so, you might be interested to know that Sony has given Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault a November 27 release date. The game has also been given a very friendly $19.99 price tag, which applies to both the PlayStation Network version and the retail version.
Yes, retail version. Insomniac’s James Stevenson has confirmed that Full Frontal Assault is quite a bit larger than the last “fun-size” Ratchet & Clank title, Quest For Booty:
As you know, Full Frontal Assault is a “fun-size” project that’s similar in scope to Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. But Full Frontal is actually bigger than Booty (sorry, couldn’t resist), as we’ve added tons of new features, including the new base assault and defense elements. An even bigger addition to Full Frontal Assault is the replay value we packed in with online / split-screen co-op, and online competitive modes.
And in case you forgot, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault will be one of the first titles to take part in the PS3/Vita Cross Buy program. So if you purchase the PS3 version, you’ll receive the Vita version for free.
Earlier this month, Sony released Sound Shapes on the PlayStation Network as a special PS3/Vita bundle. During their Gamescom presentation in Cologne, Germany this week, the publisher revealed that they’ll be expanding the program to retail releases this Fall.
This new bundling scheme will be known as the “Cross Buy” program, and starting this Fall, any gamer who purchases a “Cross Buy” PS3 title at retail will receive a voucher for a free downloadable copy of the Vita version. The first wave of “Cross Buy” titles will include PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (due out November 20), Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (due out sometime this Fall and known as Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force in Europe), and Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (due out in 2013).
While the “Cross Buy” program is currently limited to Sony-published titles, the company is actively courting third party publishers to commit to it as well.
“We’ll obviously encourage third-parties to adopt it but ultimately whether or not a game includes Cross Buy is a publishing decision and it will be at the third parties’ discretion whether or not they want to go down that route,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lombax mechanic Ratchet and his sentient robot sidekick Clank later this year, Insomniac Games are currently retooling three PS2 games from the series for an HD re-release. The Ratchet & Clank Collection (or Ratchet & Clank Trilogy as it is known in PAL territories) will feature, the original Ratchet & Clank, as well as its two sequels, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal.
In addition to all this though, Insomniac have heeded their fans’ wishes and created a brand new adventure featuring the galaxy-saving duo, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, exclusive to the PlayStation Network.
“Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault is a fun-sized Ratchet adventure which will be available for download exclusively on the PlayStation Store. We’ve returned to the series’ classic feel, camera, controls and weapons, while innovating and giving you a whole new way to play,” said Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games.
Since Insomniac likes to rename everything for the European market, the game will be known there as the rather more trite and non-suggestive Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force. While discussing the announcement, Insomniac Community Manager James Stevenson stated that the new title would be “closer to Quest for Booty than A Crack in Time,” and also that there would be a region-free physical edition release in Europe as well as the digital download.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]