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Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Launches Exclusively on the PlayStation 3

October 27, 2009

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Launches Exclusively on the PlayStation 3, Delivering an Enjoyable CG-Animated Experience for the Entire Family

Featuring All-new Clank Gameplay, Space Exploration and Endless Explosive Mayhem, Award-Winning Franchise Returns with an Original Heartfelt Adventure

SCEA announced today the release of Ratchet & Clank® Future: A Crack in Time available exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Created by independent developer Insomniac Games and powered by its fourth-generation PS3 technology, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, continues to bring the experience of playing a CG-animated movie to the PS3 system with rich, vibrant visuals brought to life by a heartfelt storyline and the franchise's signature humor. With fun, accessible gameplay appealing for both hardcore and casual gamers alike, Ratchet & Clank: Future: A Crack in Time builds upon the Ratchet & Clank Future series with more over-the-top action, an even larger arsenal of outrageous and customizable weapons, and all-new Clank and space gameplay.

Told from the perspective of both Ratchet and his robotic sidekick, Clank, Ratchet & Clank: Future: A Crack in Time answers many of fans' most-asked questions as it concludes the story arc from Ratchet & Clank® Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank® Future: Quest for Booty. As Ratchet and Clank attempt to reunite to and save the universe, both will finally uncover the hidden truth behind their origins and discover their ultimate destinies.

"We're excited to finally answer the questions that fans have had about Ratchet and Clank's origins ever since we began the Ratchet & Clank Future series on the PS3," said Brian Allgeier, creative director, Insomniac Games. "We wanted to give something back to our dedicated fan base, so we developed the story with them in mind, bringing back some old favorite characters, such as Dr. Nefarious, one of the franchise's most beloved villains, as well as introducing new characters that reveal more about Ratchet and Clank's pasts."

While Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time's epic story will satisfy the curiosity of longtime fans, the gameplay has been designed to appeal to a wide audience with a mixture of skill-based puzzles and "purely fun" gameplay that delivers an entertaining experience for fans of all ages. From lush forest terrain to a snow-covered landscape, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time draws players into a vast, diverse universe where they will take on the roles of both Ratchet and Clank -- experiencing new gameplay and abilities with each character. With Ratchet's new hoverboots, players will be able to blast to new heights and travel at rapid speeds to distant locations around each planet. When playing as Clank, player's minds will be put to the test with all-new time-based gameplay that includes innovative puzzles that can only be solved by using timed recordings of Clank to get through the level.

The franchise's traditional space gameplay also has been completely re-designed with the addition of space exploration. Players will now have freedom to travel freely through the game's space sectors where they can fly through asteroid belts, explore new planets and moons, engage in sidequests and space battles, and discover hidden items and collectables. In addition to all-new space gameplay, the series' trademark weapon arsenal is back and bigger than ever with new over-the-top weapons including the Sonic Eruptor, Spiral of Death and Tesla Spikes, along with classics such as the Buzz Blades and Negotiator. Constructo Mods also have been added to the weapons line-up, which allow players to take the basic Constructo weapons and turn them into super weapons they can really call their own.

"Insomniac Games continues to raise the bar with Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time utilizing fourth generation PS3 technology to deliver a rich and vibrant universe that brings the experience of playing a CG-animated movie to PS3 fans, said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "With a heartfelt storyline, sophisticated humor and series renowned arsenal of new and classic weapons, including the fan-submitted 'Spiral of Death', Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time offers fun and accessible gameplay that fans of all ages will enjoy."

SCEA will support Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time with a blockbuster multimillion dollar marketing campaign. This will include aggressive national television, print, online and viral advertising campaigns, full promotional support, dedicated point-of-purchase displays and merchandising support, broad-based public relations support and immersive and interactive website.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time E10+.

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