Insomniac Games have been putting out Ratchet & Clank games for over a decade, but seeing as the IP is owned by Sony they've only ever been on PlayStation systems. That's why it was more than a little surprising to me when Insomniac posted on their blog that a Ratchet & Clank game was heading to mobile devices. The newest Ratchet & Clank game, Into the Nexus, is set to launch on PlayStation 3 on November 12th. The mobile game, titled Before the Nexus, will be a behind-the-back runner of sorts, and as described on their blog, you'll be able to "hop between grindrails while avoiding hazards to collect bolts which can be used to upgrade your weapons and armor." Here are a couple of screens.



Before the Nexus will tie into the PlayStation 3 game as well. You'll be able to earn "Raritanium" while playing the mobile game and then use that to upgrade your weapons in the console game, after syncing Before the Nexus with your PlayStation Network account, naturally. We've seen the whole "second screen" and "companion app" thing take off over the past year or two when it comes to big AAA console titles, with varying results. Sometimes the two games tie together in a really interesting way, and sometimes it seems like a tacked-on gimmick.

At any rate, the fact that Ratchet & Clank are coming to mobile devices is a big deal in itself, and hopefully the mobile game will be enjoyable on its own merits. No target platforms have been announced but iOS and Android seem like a sure bet, and as far as release dates go I'd expect Before the Nexus to hit right around the same time as the console version of the game later this month.

[Pocket Gamer]

  • octopus

    No thank you.

    • toxiccheese

      With any luck it'll have a dual currency system...

  • Atomos

    You just can't be a successful game franchise if you don't try to cash in on some mobile endless runner/jumper. *sarcasm*

  • abdul.wahab

    I want a real R&C not endless running

    They can do it wit the MFi also the iPads and iPhones can run it

    • mclifford82

      The MFi? Is that something actual people own?

  • TaroSasaki

    Come on guys... I expect better than senseless hate from this community. This could end up being a lot of fun!

    • themostunclean

      True. A lot of the current mechanics for behind-the-back runners were aped from R&C, after all.

    • mclifford82

      You mean the community that admitted to posting false reviews for a Zynga clone game despite having never played a second of the game? Yeah, a real fucking shocker.

    • nini

      You expect too much in the realm of rational thought from this community. Far too much, just remember to think as they think without deviation and you'll be fine.

  • Dr.Pat

    I LOVE RACHET & CLANK but this is SHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • nini

      I'm glad this seer could tell us it sucks before it's even released. Tell me, what are the winning numbers for next week's lottery?

      • Zdgames

        Lol but look at it r and c grind rail screens are endless running lol so are hover vehicle screens could be really good

      • tylerandjennifer1

        it is an endless runner. So yes it will in fact suck. We don't need to play it to find out.

  • eventide

    Friggin runners. So ready for that genre to DIE.

    • mclifford82

      You could also just not play or purchase those games. Some of us still enjoy them.

      • eventide

        Or the genre could die and stop ruining games I'd otherwise play in a different genre.

      • Holcman


      • nini

        Welcome to the Touch Arcade community.

      • mclifford82

        Poor guy.

      • eventide

        Been here from day one so not sure about the 'welcome'. Are people not allowed to be sick of a genre and post there displeasure of such without being bludgeoned with sarcasm?? Thought this 'community' was more than that.

      • Sven Van de Perre

        I'm with you on this. There will always be runners, but a big name like Ratchet & Clank should be more than this. A studio like Insomniac could easily pull a puzzle/space shooter/runner hybrid. A short burst thing that combines all the good stuff from a R&C game.

      • tylerandjennifer1

        I'm glad that you enjoy them. I on the other hand would love to see a legit R&C game. Not saying runners are bad, but their not my thing, and there is like a thousand of them.

    • nini

      Friggin' first person shooters, so ready for that genre to die.

      • eventide

        Not sure if serious but if so I agree 😉

  • DtheGOPkiller

    Well I was excited until I read it was a runner. Come on!!! You can put SOCOM on my mobile but not a actual Ratchet game?

    • NOEN

      What we NEED is a SOCOM endless runner!

  • Bliquid

    Well, this is a very interesting twist.
    This is the second Sony's IP based game in a short time (that PS All stars coke commercial).
    Sony is doing what Nintendon't.
    But it's still to be seen if it's good idea.
    About this, well, don't like R&C series or runners, so coudb't care less.
    But i'm curios to see if and when a The Last of Us or an Uncharted social game will see light.
    Could be the end of an era .

  • Lomyr

    Endless disappointment.

  • Taclys

    Coming soon: Call of Duty: endless runner. Bioshock Infinite: endless runner (or, zip liner) and how could we forget Solitaire: endless runner.

    Seriously now, why does every franchise have to pump out an endless runner/jumper?

    • HelperMonkey

      Coming soon--
      Canabalt: the match three

      • Lazer Kat

        Coming soon:
        "Slenderman's Candy Crush Trilogy"

      • Lazer Kat

        Sounds like a Game Dev Story combination

    • tylerandjennifer1

      Half life 3 endless runner! lol

  • Drummerboycroy

    Come ON! A RUNNER? Argh.

  • PortableGamingRegion

    Seems like a cash-in, but not really surprising - ESRB accidentally hinted at it a month ago.

  • Hawaii Jeff

    I love R&C, but this is just lazy.

    Couldn't they make instead an app that somehow is a collection of variations of all the great mini games the R&C games have had thru the years?

  • Shadowking2214

    Can we just get the first game ported or something please? Or a mobile exclusive game at least,a runner is severely disappointing :/

  • InfectiousRed

    I stopped reading at "endless runner". Won't even download if it's free with no IAPs.

    • eventide

      I won't DL any endless runner. Lazy, lazy, lazy and unimaginative as it gets on iPad.

  • OneBagTravel

    I guess endless runners are still making money.

  • TheRyno

    First 7 words really interested me then endless runner came up and well this won't be good

  • pinpoint007

    damn, it might be fun. If its not your thing, then don't play it. some of you are so damn whiny.

  • JonathanisPrimus

    "they've only ever been on PlayStation systems"

    That's not true. They released Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile on phones years ago.

  • Lazer Kat

    I'm going to make a new game called "Endless Endless Runner".
    It's just a guy looking through the App Store for anything but endless runners.
    He keeps downloading new games, but they. Are. All. Runners!

  • williamwoof

    Well let's hope that this is better then the last few ratchets they've put out, I mean the PS3 version but on another note I think it might be fun having this on my iPad

  • madreviewer

    You have screw it up! Endless runner???? WTF?
    It could have been a ground breaking game
    A game with a lot of gun, jumping a round and kicking robot a** , but no
    . You gave us an endless runner