Perhaps forgotten about amidst all the exciting titles Sony showed off at E3 this year, a key PlayStation franchise is returning for what could be its final appearance on the PS3. Announced earlier this year to mark the 10 year anniversary of the franchise, the Ratchet & Clank series is returning yet again in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault. Bound for the PSN, the new aptly named Ratchet & Clank game was missing in action at E3 but Sony and developer Insomniac Games have finally shared some details about the next adventure featuring our favorite Lombax and slightly mischievous robot.
While the new Ratchet & Clank game may be bound for release digitally, Insomniac doesn’t seem to be skimping on the content as Full Frontal Assault will see the series receive a new game mechanic as well as a dedicated online mode. Details on the new online mode remain as elusive as the full history of the Lombax species, but Insomniac did share some details on what sort of action the main campaign will entail.
Featuring the classic R&C camera and shoot stuff ask questions later gameplay style, Full Frontal Assault will once again push the co-op component into the equation. To some out there this may sound alarming in the wake of the so-so experience that was Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, but Insomniac isn’t force feeding a co-op experience upon us. Included in Full Frontal Assault will be the opportunity to play as either Ratcher or Clank (duh, it is their game after all), and the ever amusing klutz that is Captain Qwark. Co-op play will be limited to two players at a time in either split-screen or online play, and even better the game won’t feel hollow when playing alone as Insomniac is crafting the experience to play like that of a normal R&C game.
It may sound like Full Frontal Assault is just more of the same and while such a thing honestly wouldn’t be too bad Insomniac is injecting a few fresh mechanics. During the span of the journey Ratchet and company find themselves on there will several unique sections in which gamers need to become defensive minded as opposed to merely blowing stuff up all the time. Described as a tower defense type of scenario, Full Frontal Assault will require players to build defensive strategies and use their wits just for a tiny amount of time before going back to business and blowing stuff up like there’s no tomorrow. Longtime Ratchet & Clank fans shouldn’t be too worried about this new tower defense mechanic as it’s only a small fraction of the massive experience Full Frontal Assault offers, which by the way includes three brand new planets to explore.
Insomniac is still keeping quiet on a lot of the core features in Full Frontal Assault, but the game will reportedly feature substantial content including the still mysterious online mode as well as the usual gamut of upgrades and unlockable goodies. In a way it’s kind of surprising that Full Frontal Assault hasn’t been accompanied by the usual amount of buzz or excitement that surrounds a R&C game, but I suppose the mere fact that we’re getting another one is what we should be thankful for in the end.
Sony has yet to announce a release date for Full Frontal Assault, but the game is likely to drop on the PSN later this year.