The recent Ratchet & Clank Collection for the PS3 contained all three of the franchises’ original PlayStation 2 installments, but there was a notable omission, that being 2005’s fourth entry Ratchet: Deadlocked.
Finally, fans of the series can stop asking where it is, as at a recent PAX Ratchet & Clank panel, developer Insomniac Games’ community lead James Stevenson confirmed that the game will be getting its own re-release as a downloadable title on the PlayStation Network.
Ratchet: Deadlocked made some departures from previous games, including relegating Clank to a non-playable character, a darker atmosphere, and a greater emphasis on shooting and online play. Perhaps these differences made Sony think that it didn’t fit in with the first three games.
Whatever the reasoning is, Idol Minds, the same developers behind the collection’s remastering, is also hard at work on converting Deadlocked into a PlayStation 3 title for a currently unspecified release date sometime later this year.
We will keep you updated on future announcements regarding the Ratchet & Clank franchise.