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Ratchet & Clank Future Weapon Design Contest

James Stevenson's Avatar Posted by on Mar 20, 2009 // Community Lead, Insomniac Games

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ratchet & Clank, but we wanted to give you an early scoop on a couple of things happening with everyone’s favorite lombax and robot duo!

First off, we’re excited to announce Captain Qwark’s “My Blaster Runs Hot” Ratchet & Clank Future Weapon Design Contest Sponsored by Gadgetron, which will hence be referred to in this post as CQMBRHRCFWDCSG. We’ll post the full details of the CQMBRHRCFWDCSG next Friday at, but in the meantime if you want to get a head start on CQMBRHRCFWDCSG, you should brainstorm ideas for a new Ratchet & Clank weapon. To enter, you’ll need to provide a description of the weapon, as well as an image (this can be anything… even a Captain Qwark-style crayon blueprint!). The prize is going to be pretty epic, and every Ratchet & Clank fan will have a chance to recognize the winner’s hard work.

And in honor of CQMBRHRCFWDCSG, we’re having a sale on Quest for Booty! You can download this pirate-themed fun-size adventure off the PlayStation Network at for low sale price of $9.99. If you haven’t had a chance to play Quest for Booty yet, this is your chance!

Some other super exciting Ratchet & Clank news, DC Direct has revealed the line of Ratchet & Clank figures that will be available this fall. Here’s a special sneak peek image of the in-progress figures, though these guys are still getting some additional love! They should be available this fall!

Ratchet & Clank figures - available this fall!

Also, one small request from us at Insomniac in the spirit of March Madness, head over to the Escapist and vote for us! While you’re there, make sure to vote for some of our other good friends, like Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, SCE Santa Monica, and Zipper!

We’ll be back next week with all of the details on CQMBRHRCFWDCSG (including the grand prize), and some even more exciting news. Bryan Intihar and I will be around today to answer questions in the comments!

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123 Comments   13 Replies


+ somethingatt on March 20th, 2009 at 1:39 pm said:


Ah, super catchy ;)

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    + James Stevenson on March 20th, 2009 at 2:00 pm said:

    You know it… now memorize it and impress the ladies. ;-)


+ Enforcer_X on March 20th, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

I am buying these figures ASAP!
So many competitions so little time.

I LOVE R&C it’s like playing a Pixar movie it’s AMAZING!


+ jockhotty on March 20th, 2009 at 1:44 pm said:

Actually, how complex is it( would it have been) to turn a skill point into a trophy via patch? If only it wasnt mandatory now …..I would have assembled a company or a consultation service just for that.

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    + James Stevenson on March 20th, 2009 at 2:01 pm said:

    It\’s MUCH more complicated than you think if your game wasn\’t built with it in mind.

    Trust us, if it was trivial/possible, we would\’ve done it.


+ PullusPardusUS on March 20th, 2009 at 1:47 pm said:

Cucumber Horse Food sausage? , O_o???


+ WindedHero on March 20th, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

@Chase167, you friggin noob, Quest for Booty HAS TROPHIES.


+ WindedHero on March 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm said:

Argh I spoke too soon u_u, Age of Booty, not QUEST for booty, has trophies.


+ gmk218 on March 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm said:

any clue at a release date for the new r&c it has been forever since weve heard any news cant wait thanx for the update


+ DonnyG on March 20th, 2009 at 1:54 pm said:

I really wan these figures! The R2 ones as well.


+ Carl-G on March 20th, 2009 at 1:58 pm said:

I got Ratchet&Clank:Quest for Booty on blu-ray and love the game but, why did it dump 4GB+ on to my hard drive for(i.e the game install)? Please make the next R&C not do that i.e have Big game installs, PLEASE;)

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    + James Stevenson on March 20th, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

    We normally don\’t… Q4B is sort of a rare situation in that regard. We didn\’t originally plan a blu-ray version, and we had to figure out a way to make it work, as the whole game was created to run from the hard drive.


+ Korbei83 on March 20th, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

Why do game websites all recognize every individual european country, despite many of them speaking the same languages and all of them speaking english but none of them recognize Canada and/or Mexico with English/French and Spanish/English sites?


+ BigPoppaB on March 20th, 2009 at 2:11 pm said:

I’ve really enjoyed all the R&C games in the past.. but I was really hoping the next Imsomniac would make a new IP

I’m just getting tired of every new video being a sequel


+ mafecto on March 20th, 2009 at 2:28 pm said:


nice contest…just wanted to tell you much i loved r2 and that you guys did a phenomenal job on it. like someone else said, i really can’t figure out why so many people came down on it. keep up the great work!


+ SpeedRacer1955 on March 20th, 2009 at 2:30 pm said:

Are these figures made in CChina were the water is so tainted that it kills game consoles???


+ BigNolDogg on March 20th, 2009 at 2:31 pm said:

Thanks to my favorite and the best supporting PS3 developer. I hope you are all paid handsomely for the enjoyment I have received from your games.


+ abandonnez2 on March 20th, 2009 at 2:35 pm said:

I just bought Quest for Booty! I really hope though that you guys will patch both Tools of Destruction and QFB for Trophies. I would love that. I also just sat here for about 30 minutes and came up with my weapon design. I’m very happy with it :D It’s a bit hard to explain, but hopefully I can write a better explanation in the next couple of days!


+ RogueCommando on March 20th, 2009 at 2:39 pm said:

ooh interesting? How about multiplayer? me an my friends chillin. playin r and c multiplyer? how bout 4 player local online? more intense battles?


+ DrBingogh on March 20th, 2009 at 2:45 pm said:

Sweet, need to find some crayons to draw up my weapon. Love, no LOVE me some R&C. Can’t wait for the next chapter!


+ AznSniper on March 20th, 2009 at 2:49 pm said:

Ratchet & Clank Future 2 at GDC?


+ Azira013 on March 20th, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

Contest not open to Canada, right?


+ remanutd5 on March 20th, 2009 at 2:55 pm said:

wow im getting the figurines as soon as they become available , and perhaps all this Ratchet and Clank info means that you guys are very close to announced the next ratchet adventure? that would be so awesome, we know its coming lol


+ remanutd5 on March 20th, 2009 at 3:01 pm said:

Jeff is that a pic of a lbp killzone2 map pack??


+ Krist1212 on March 20th, 2009 at 3:16 pm said:

There’s no part of that post I didn’t like. Love R&C! Just 2 days ago I played thru UYA in one marathon sitting.

Is there any word on if the next R&C will be feature length or Booty-Sized? Will it fulfil it’s fall 09 promise?

Is there any chance of finally getting my hands on the RainbowAfrolizer mentioned in arsenal? If not would it be an acceptable entry in the contest?

oh, and….


+ Rendermonk on March 20th, 2009 at 3:19 pm said:

I would like to get started on the contest design now, my only question, is the weapon for Ratchet, Clank, or Qwark? Thanks

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    + James Stevenson on March 20th, 2009 at 3:31 pm said:

    Ideally weapons should be created for Ratchet.


+ Rendermonk on March 20th, 2009 at 3:39 pm said:

@ 73
hahahah good point. I wasn’t even thinking :)


+ marvelunivers on March 20th, 2009 at 3:43 pm said:

man the graphics look so tight


+ quiomar01 on March 20th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

Will you give us something extra if we have a saved file from R&CF:TOD and Q4B on the next R&CF game? I liked that from the PS2 days!

Love your games guys


+ Zookey on March 20th, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

CONGRATS GUYS—can’t wait for more hehe—glad R&C toys are finally coming–Ratchet kicks ass.


+ LividChihuahua on March 20th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

Something seems amiss about your site right now, it constantly asks me to log in but never seems to log me in. If i cancel it over and over it eventually stops and there is an error about not having the newest version of flash, which I just check and I do. No biggie as long as I can see the rules for the contest, I already have a weapon ideal.

So is the next R&C gonna be a real game or a PSN game? please if it’s PSN please have a US disc release too, I had to import my copy of QfB and ended up paying almost twice the cost :(

Anyways keep it up and all that, the R&C games are probably the only ones I’ve played that get better with each new release, and there always day 1 buys in my book.

Oh, and if you want to smack your web guy for there being a problem with the site (or replace him, I’m avalible :P ) I’m unsing OSX10.5.6 Firefox 3.0.6 and the newest version of flash (somthing like, IDK there version number system is horrible)


+ Zookey on March 20th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

why does keep asking me for username and password and not accept anything I put in?


+ waffman11 on March 20th, 2009 at 4:12 pm said:

I just tried to go to, and after I chose my country, there was a popup that asked me for a Playststion id and password, and I couln’t enter the website even though I used my PSN id, and have been logged in all day. What’s going on? (it said on the banner)
P.S. You guys are awesome, I own every R&C game (except for Ratchet: Deadlocked, but I rented it), and I can’t wait for the new one, skill points are the original trophies.


+ Jeigh on March 20th, 2009 at 4:21 pm said:

This is why I love you guys- great senses of humor and community outreach (doesn’t hurt that you develop awesome games too).

What shall I submit… It’s got to be REALLY original…


+ eneas10 on March 20th, 2009 at 4:41 pm said:



+ Capt-Fury- on March 20th, 2009 at 4:46 pm said:

wee need more Ratchet and Resistance avatars.



+ Espeo on March 20th, 2009 at 4:46 pm said:

Lol, I love Insomniac.
Will we be learning anything about the next game on Friday?


+ jqtaxpayer on March 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm said:

Awesome contest… R&CFTOD was my first R&C game and my girlfriend and I fell in love with the series. I’ll definitely be submitting an entry for this!


+ comandoracht on March 20th, 2009 at 5:05 pm said:

James, you’re the most beautiful person I know.


+ Darkos87 on March 20th, 2009 at 5:13 pm said:


this game is going to be greaaat!

bring back the quark 2d games?


+ minameissteve on March 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm said:

Hi James! I just wondering if you could submit gadgets as well as weapons?


+ EVanHelsing on March 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm said: seems to be broken. When I click “United States”, the following dialog box appears:

Authentication Required
A username and password are being requested by The site says: “”

My PSN ID doesn’t work. If I hit escape enough times, the page loads with a countdown ad for the contest in the center, over top of text saying “Hello, you either have Javascript”? WTF?

I’m using Firefox version 3.0.7 with default settings and FlashPlayer 10.


+ Link01 on March 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm said:

Can’t wait to hear about your next project. ;) ……….. no offense though, I do hope you bring Resistance back to the nitty gritty look… :p, if you got the Killzone 2 engine with Chimera… HEAVEN!


+ waffman11 on March 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm said:

Can you enter multiple times, because I already have three awesome ideas. If you can enter multiple times, will there be a limit as well? Thanks.
Come to think of it, I never win contests like this. Oh yeah, one more question, will we be discriminated against when the weapons are being picked for quality of the presented image?


+ BZKlint on March 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm said:

I’m working on some sort of portable railgun thing :-)

Here’s the WIP…


+ Erdie on March 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm said:

This post is full of awesome. Very excited, guys! I need a little Ratchet to keep my Chimera company.


+ silentj14 on March 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm said:

I am so psyched right now!!! I’ve been coming up with all sorts of R&C weapon ideas ever since I was like 10! I can’t wait to see what you guys are going to do with this! Love your work, Best of luck.


+ MassaBR on March 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm said:

The contest is awesome. The DC figurines look awesome, and you will have my money as always.

Now please, announce the Fall 09 game that will feature the CQMBRHRCFWDCSG already. :)


+ Atomika14 on March 20th, 2009 at 11:00 pm said:

Finally action figures!



+ Carl-G on March 21st, 2009 at 1:58 am said:


Ok;) James Stevenson thanks for the Reply.
I just thought it was strange(it don’t do that for R1/2 + R&C:TOD games), but i haven’t a clue about how you makes games anyway :D
+ I can’t wait for a new R&C game :P
Loved them since PS2 days. Keep up the good work;)


+ EvoAnubis on March 21st, 2009 at 5:12 am said:

This is all god, but lets discuss something more important. Like, for example, when we can expect to see the next Full Moon Show.


+ unbornsoldier on March 21st, 2009 at 5:59 am said:

i have a couple ?s for you james,can you give us a tiny little hint of what to expect at gdc from you dudes and ladies at insomniac?will we ever see a ratchet and clank tools of destruction patch for trophies?how far along is the next ratchet and clank title?other than that keep doing your thing,your one of my favorite developers and like many people have said i dont understand the dislike towards resistance 2,that game was dope and there is so much to do in it,the replay value is huge,and i really appreciate all the effort it took you all to do that,cant wait for resistance 3,ratchet and clank ftod 2,and the secret project :),props on everything you have my full support,viva insomniac


+ Danneh on March 21st, 2009 at 6:28 am said:

It would be ace, if, in the next R&C, you could include a multiplayer option. Deadlocked’s multiplayer wasn’t as good, but I did love R&C 3’s online.

Ratchet and Clank is by far my favourite series of games. It’s light-hearted, fun and funny, great gameplay, and it still has story to it. I cannot WAIT until the next game.

Insomniac, you guys rock, keep up the good work!

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