Posted By Shaun K. about 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Released back in June in the UK and Europe and just a few days ago here in the States, the Ratchet & Clank Collection (aka The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy in Europe/UK because apparently Ratchet & Clank games can never maintain the same name across continents, see also: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault aka Ratchet and Clank: Q-Force) finally brought the early days of one of the most beloved new gaming series of the last decade into the HD era. Almost. Because while the collection does indeed feature the first three games in the R&C series, the final game to feature the duo (sort of) on the PS2 was rather conspicuous in its absence.
I am course referring to the infamous Ratchet: Deadlocked (or as it is known outside of the states, Ratchet: Gladiator; see what I mean about the whole naming thing and Deadlocked is not even one of the series patented double entendres subtitles so changing it makes even less sense than normal), a game which to this day stands as the black sheep of the R&C series. While often derided for its sharp departure from the typical elements of a R&C game (most notably in the lack of Clank as a playable character), the game is still an above average action title that has its fair share of fans. Personally, I was disappointed by the seeming lack of interest from Insomniac to release the game in HD for completions sake if nothing else.
Thankfully it turns out that was not the case as all, as over the weekend at PAX Prime during the Ratchet and Clank 10th anniversary panel, Insomniac’s community lead James Stevenson announced Ratchet: Deadlocked would be receiving the HD re-release treatment before the end of the year. While a firm release date and price point has yet to be announced, Stevenson did confirm that the game would be coming exclusively to PSN this year as a download only title. Unsurprisingly, the port is being handled by Idol Minds, the Colorado-based developer who also were responsible for the aforementioned Ratchet & Clank Collection. Stevenson also announced that, as with the HD port of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Deadlocked‘s online multiplayer is being given an complete overhaul and update. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of the all Ratchet & Clank related news and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.