The Ratchet & Clank series is a series of action platform video games about Ratchet and his companion Clank. The original Ratchet & Clank game was designed and developed by Insomniac Games for Sony; they then released a further three Ratchet & Clank games in consecutive years for the PlayStation 2. Developer High Impact Games then designed two PlayStation Portable Ratchet & Clank games (later ported onto PlayStation 2), one of which was based on Clank's Secret Agent Clank persona.
With the release of the PlayStation 3 Insomniac Games soon released the first game of three entries to a new Ratchet & Clank Future saga, which was described as being the first game to deliver the experience of playing a Pixar movie. With the conclusion of the saga released in 2009, Insomniac Games' North Carolina studio produced Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. With the franchise strong various other merchandise was released such as a Ratchet & Clank comic series.In 2012, to celebrate ten years of Ratchet & Clank, a high-definition PlayStation 3 re-release of the first three Ratchet & Clank games in The Ratchet & Clank Collection was released to be followed by a high-definition remake of Ratchet: Deadlocked and a new game in Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault.
The series is based around Ratchet, a Lombax mechanic, and Clank, his robotic companion. Ratchet is controlled by the player for the majority of the series, while Clank is also often playable. Captain Copernicus Leslie Qwark (better known as Captain Qwark) is an anti-hero character in the series also featuring as a major character. The series is known for its over-the-top weapons. The currency of the game's worlds are bolts and the technology is usually based around futuristic Nanotech. While predominantly an action platform series, other genres have been included such as racing, space combat, shooter gameplay, tower defense,and puzzle.
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