Video: Interview: Insomniac Games on Ratchet & Clank: QForce

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84w ago - Sony Blog Manager Fred Dutton has recently interviewed Shaun McCabe of Insomniac Games who spills the beans on Ratchet & Clank: QForce for PS3 below!

To quote: While many popular franchises are happy to stick rigidly to their tried-and-tested formula whenever it's time for a new entry, the Ratchet & Clank series has never shied away from mixing things up.

This year's Ratchet & Clank: QForce - the tenth outing for developer Insomniac Games' dynamic duo - is no different.

Due out on both PS Vita and PlayStation 3 before the end of the year, it adds an intriguing - and, believe me, thoroughly entertaining - new tower defence element to keep players on their toes.

We bumped into Insomniac's Shaun McCabe at Gamescom last month and immediately thrust a camera in his face to find out more.





See what he has to say below, and then remind yourselves of the game's latest trailer.




 

Video: Ratchet & Clank: QForce Beta Opens to PS Plus Members

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85w ago - Sony European Product Manager Erica Doddato has posted up a video today announcing that the Ratchet & Clank: QForce Beta is opening to PlayStation Plus members.

To quote: Recently Ratchet & Clank: QForce has been in its private beta phase.

I'm pleased to inform you that the beta will be made available for a limited time to some lucky PS Plus members from 4.00pm GMT today, Wednesday 29th August.

The beta will include the following:

• A tutorial mode which you can play alone
• Ranked competitive multiplayer where you can play 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2 or Party 2 vs 2 (invite a friend to join you and then go and find a game together)
• Leaderboards

If you want to refresh your memory on how awesome this new Ratchet and Clank game is, check out our Gamescom trailer here:





The game will release later this year and this is the perfect opportunity to help make it even MORE amazing.

Head over to the PS Plus section now for a chance to take part in the beta!
 

Sony Announces PlayStation Collections Available at Retail Today

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85w ago - Sony Associate Product Marketing Manager Cristian Cardona of Software Marketing has announced that the PlayStation Collections including God of War, inFAMOUS, and Ratchet & Clank are available at retail outlets beginning today.

To quote: It's been only a few weeks since we last talked to you about PlayStation Collections and believe it or not, they're finally here!

Available today at retailers near you and September 25th on the PlayStation Store, the PlayStation Collection is packed to the, uh, packaging with extra digital content that guarantees you'll be getting the most out of your purchase this fall.

Whether for yourself or as a gift, these are going to be a great chance to check out some of our greatest exclusive franchises.

To quickly recap, here's what your getting in each Collection:

God of War Saga ($39.99)

• God of War, remastered in HD
• God of War II, remastered in HD
• God of War III
• God of War: Origins Collection (which includes God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta)
• Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support
• Exclusive Bonus...
 

Video: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault Unzips PS Vita Support

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87w ago - Insomniac Games Production Director Shaun McCabe has announced today alongside a video that Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault unzips both PS Vita support and a Competitive Mode with details below!

To quote: Hey everyone, I'm Shaun McCabe, production director at Insomniac Games' North Carolina studio.

Since this is my first PS.Blog post, I'll briefly introduce myself. I joined the company in 2003 during the development of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, but I've been an Insomniac fan going all the way back to Disruptor on the PlayStation.

As you may have heard, yesterday we announced that our dynamic duo's latest adventure, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, is coming to both PS3 and PS Vita!

Working closely with our friends at Tin Giant, who are helping bring the game to PS Vita, we're delivering full cross-play and cross-save support. So, the ever-popular, "Well, I'd love to be playing Ratchet & Clank right now, but am stuck at the bus stop/office/police station/etc." can no longer apply.

Not only will the game feature cross-play and cross-save, but it's also part of a super-cool promotional offer where anyone who purchases Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault for PS3 via PlayStation...
 

The Full Monty on Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault

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91w ago - Following up on yesterday's update, Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman is back with the full monty on Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault today!

To quote: Though fundamentally a third-person shooter, the Ratchet & Clank series has rarely shied from bold genre experimentation: witness the progressive competitive and co-op modes of Ratchet: Deadlocked, the brain-busting temporal puzzles of A Crack in Time, even the four-player feuding of last year's All 4 One.

But with Full Frontal Assault, the storied series will undergo what is perhaps its most sweeping metamorphosis yet, creating what developer Insomniac Games is calling "action tower defense." Yep, Ratchet's going all PixelJunk Monsters on us.

This is a logical, some might say inevitable, evolution when you consider the series' gameplay trajectory, which despite its myriad twists and turns has focused squarely on two core elements: ludicrously powerful weaponry and freakish alien foes.

In other words, the raw ingredients for a mean tower defense game. "One of the things we wanted to explore with Full Frontal Assault was large, sprawling battlefields," Production Director Shaun McCabe told...
 







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