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Ratchet & Clank’s 20th Year Celebration Kicks off with a Nostalgic Rift Apart Anniversary Pack

Plus all the Franchise's classic games are coming to PlayStation Plus Premium via Streaming

It’s apparently been a year of milestone anniversaries for some of Sony’s iconic PS2 platformers, following the 20th anniversary of Sly Cooper PlayStation has announced it’s kicking off Ratchet & Clank‘s 20th anniversary in a pretty big way. In a PlayStation Blog post, Insomniac Games senior community manager revealed in a PlayStation Blog post that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is getting a 20th Anniversary Pack which is available starting today and features five sets of armours inspired by past entries in the franchise.

  • Commando Armour (Going Commando)
  • Holoflux Armour (A Crack in Time)
  • Quest Armour (Quest for Booty)
  • Marauder Armour (Deadlocked)
  • Clank Armour

In addition, the PlayStation blog post also revealed that more Ratchet & Clank games are heading to PlayStation Plus including all the mainline PS2 games and more including Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Ratchet & Clank: Deadlocked, and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. All five titles will be coming to the service on November 15th but should be noted that the games listed will be only playable through streaming.

As one last aside, the team behind the game celebrated in their own way by walking down at how the original game in the franchise came to be and beyond (alongside concept art). Check out the full post for more.

“When we were in early production on the original Ratchet & Clank in 2001, we were trying to find the right tone for the story. Brian Hastings had come up with the core concept for the game and we had moved quickly into prototyping. The tricky part was finding the right comedic flavour for our scenes. As someone who’s incapable of writing humour, I was waiting anxiously to see if Brian, John Lally and Oliver Wade who had been collaborating on the scripts could thread the needle and find something that was laugh-out-loud funny without being slapstick,” Insomniac Games President, Ted Price said while reminiscing his memories of Rachet & Clank’s early production.

“I remember a bunch of us crowded around an old CRT TV watching our first test cinematic. It was the ad for Al’s Roboshack where Captain Qwark (voiced by the great Jim Ward) states in his typically snarky tone “There’s nothing worse than staring down a Blargian Snagglebest…from the inside”. Even though I knew the script by heart, after watching the scene I laughed out loud. The lines, the delivery, the animation, the subtle social commentary – everything fit. To me, that ended up being the scene that set the comedic tone for the entire franchise.”