Ratchet & Clank

Anybody think this Ratchet & Clank film can go the distance and actually be released? Sony still says so. News has been mum ever since it was first announced two years ago, but with the snap of a finger, we not only have an April 29, 2016 release date; we also have a star studded cast confirmation!

Ratchet & Clank will star none other than John Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone, playing the role of Victor Von Ion, “Chairman Drek’s villainous lieutenant.” Joining him is a line-up of fan favorite actors including:

  • Paul Giamatti as Chairman Drek
  • John Goodman as Ratchet’s mechanic mentor Grimroth
  • Bella Thorne as Galactic Ranger Cora
  • Rosario Dawson as Galactic Ranger support team member Elaris

Not bad choices at all. And talk about a lucky break! Perhaps the best and happiest additions to this big name cast are the original voice actors of the games’ three principal characters. James Arnold Taylor will reprise his role as Ratchet, David Kaye will reprise his role as Clank, and Jim Ward will reprise as the one and only Captain Quark. All three get top billing in their biggest gig ever, a genuine Hollywood produced film.

I’d say it was a pleasant surprise for these three that a decade old video game job landed them something this big. Sony also teased other returning voice actors as cameos and told “fanboys” to keep open ears while watching the film.

While you might have to wait a bit longer than expected, rest assured we’re using the time wisely to further polish the game to a spit-shine level, with dazzling shader response, awe-inspiring effects, velvety smooth animations, and spectacular new gameplay segments. Really, we can’t wait to show it to you.

Sony also confirmed that Insomniac is working on a “re-imagination” of the original Ratchet & Clank game, and it will be released for the PlayStation 4 in Spring 2016.

I’m not entirely sure. Is Ratchet & Clank old enough to be nostalgic yet, because this news is starting to make me feel that way. Even when put next to Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank is definitely the peak of Insomniac’s long career. I liked the first four games on the PlayStation 2, but my interest kind of fell off during the PlayStation 3 days. Maybe it’s time to blow through the HD remasters to get reacquainted.