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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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+ JaKhris on March 21st, 2009 at 6:53 am said:

Hey there, great news!

I’m from Europe, I hope I’ll be able to participate. :) (if I can, I’m totally in)

And those figurines look great. I’m definitively importing those with the Resistance 2 ones! :)


+ Onna76_NL on March 21st, 2009 at 8:49 am said:

“James Stevenson replied on March 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I’m sure some retailers will sell them for export.

You can usually find many action figures on eBay right after they come out too, so I’m sure you’ll be able to import them.”

You’ll have to be careful with Ebay though, there are many sellers that sell fake stuff.


+ JaKhris on March 21st, 2009 at 10:06 am said:

Oh, by the way, I don’t know if this has already been asked, but at what price might these pretty figurines be sold?




+ Atomika14 on March 21st, 2009 at 1:44 pm said:

So now all we need is a Ratchet & Clank Level Pack for LittleBigPlanet and we’re all set…


+ mckg123456789 on March 22nd, 2009 at 1:40 am said:

cool i LIKE the figures, R&C games r TIGHT lol. i love ur support & ur work. any news on r2 or r:FoM figures?


+ Zonified on March 22nd, 2009 at 2:38 pm said:

Yes, I’ve been hoping a contest like this would come up. I love Ratchet and Clank! I actually have some weapon concepts and I really want to become a Insomniac concept artist. Hope there’s a spot open in a few years when I’m out of high school and college, lol. :)


+ Midgetguy on March 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm said:

I’m excited to see what entries you get for this contest!


+ BuckGame on March 22nd, 2009 at 8:21 pm said:



+ Elvick_ on March 22nd, 2009 at 8:24 pm said:

Those figures are awesome. I’m a huge Insomniac fan and can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Do you guys think you’re ever going to make another new IP? Not that I want you guys to abandon Resistance or R&C mind you, but I think that something new by your brilliant minds would be nothing short of awesome.

I already bought Quest for Booty a month ago, after beating Tools of Destruction. So the price reduction doesn’t matter to me, but hopefully it will get some more attention to the awesome PSN game.


+ kostaxtreme on March 23rd, 2009 at 5:57 am said:

Hi James,

I’m pretty excited about this competition although I’m from Australia. Is this comp US-only or world wide. *Crossing fingers and whispering to self please be the latter*.




+ kosigan on March 23rd, 2009 at 6:31 am said:

So, when it the price reduction going to be reflected in the European store? I’m guessing that I shouldn’t hold my breath.


+ heIlf1re on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:59 am said:

hey people at insomniac,, love you series, especially R&C which i followed since the first on ps2…
but @ topic: i live in Holland, Europe, but is there any chance i can enter the contest “my blaster runs hot”?? i don’t really care about the price but i got tons of ideas ;)
keep up the work!


+ ZellBell on March 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 pm said:

Yes!!! Whats next? PLEASE tell me A LBP mini-pack of Ratchet and Clank that would be awesome


+ K-MIZER on March 23rd, 2009 at 9:27 pm said:

Man, I love you guys at Insomniac.

Your games are always top-notch, never rushed or heartless, and demonstrative of the term “hard work.”

Keep up the good work, and tell those guys at Naughty Dog to get started on Jak 4!



+ OzzyInIT on March 24th, 2009 at 7:59 am said:

You guys rock.

Also, as asked before, is this competition for us Euros, too?

I’ve got one or two REALLY good ideas that I think would fit the R&C universe really well.




+ waffman11 on March 24th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

I was waiting for someone else to post like a text again before I said this, and here’s my opportunity. If you’re going to post a comment, don’t write it like you’re texting, if you have enough time to read the posted article, then you have enough time to type out a coherent list of letters that form actual words, not random abbreviations. It just reinforces the mainstream news media’s stereotype that electronisc are making people lazy.


+ Wafi24 on March 24th, 2009 at 4:38 pm said:

Yeah lets get some R & C trophies plz


+ LegacyGamer on March 24th, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

Im so entering this contest!! I have EVERY R&C game [plus Quest for booty the day it was released!] Im such a HUGE fan and I support you guys at Insomniac infinty% [yea…more than 100%! XD] Ive been hoping for years for a contest like this to show up, and finally it happens! I have about 4 ideas, plus I even have ideas including gameplay mechanics! [I’ll explain it in more detail in my description for my entry.] I have a good names for some of my ideas [after using a thesaurus and a bit of inspiration from past R%C games lol!]. Im already working on the images! ^__O Question: Is it ok with there’s multiple views of the weapon on the page? [Plus I plan on drawing Ratchet holding the weapon to show how big it is compared to his height].

ps: geez those figures look awesome! Im gonna order them all once the pre-sells start!! XD keep us all posted!


+ pudgenet on March 27th, 2009 at 12:32 pm said:

Where’s the contest? Was supposed to start half an hour ago, and the web site hasn’t been updated.

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    + Cristian Cardona on March 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm said:

    Hey folks!
    Our sincerest apologies, we\’ve run into some tech issues and should have the contest running in the next hour or so.


+ destrukter1 on March 27th, 2009 at 1:23 pm said:

Weapon contest
I’ve designed a weapon and now what I’ve to do?


+ pudgenet on March 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm said:

You go back in time — through a Crack in Time? — and look on their web site at noon and submit it!

I just noticed their web site used countdown JavaScript that says “12:00 p.m.” but apparently no time zone. So obviously not an exact science here.


+ Marcster1994 on March 27th, 2009 at 2:18 pm said:

How do I send the picture of my weapon?
It’s not telling me anything.


+ pieboy4545 on March 27th, 2009 at 2:48 pm said:

How do I submit my weapon?
It’s not letting do anything.


+ pudgenet on March 27th, 2009 at 2:56 pm said:

Now it’s been changed to 3 p.m. Which is in a few minutes.


+ silentj14 on March 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm said:

hope so…


+ silentj14 on March 27th, 2009 at 3:01 pm said:

now what? What is Insomniacs email?


+ pudgenet on March 27th, 2009 at 3:03 pm said:

Obviously they know about it … I wouldn’t harp on them with email.


+ silentj14 on March 27th, 2009 at 3:43 pm said:

I’m not sure… normally by now they would have said SOMETHING.


+ pudgenet on March 27th, 2009 at 5:06 pm said:

It say it is obvious because someone changed the web site to move it from 12:00 to 3:00. It’s still not showing any actual contest details though … they dropped the ball big time.


+ oakland72 on March 29th, 2009 at 7:24 am said:

right on another episode wow cant wait better look out mario and master chef( i know chief) not only kratos is coming but ratchet and clank too wow hey cant wait thanks sony sorry if i already sent my bad


+ oakland72 on March 29th, 2009 at 7:28 am said:

one more thing umm wheres the weapon armory sighn up look out ihave some crazy ideas lol patience i know just cant wait for my submits lol


+ SageJiraiya on April 2nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm said:

I am done my weapon but I don’t know where to submit it?!

Please help me before the contest is over!!


+ pieboy4545 on April 11th, 2009 at 8:57 am said:

Submit a weapon is a huge pain I was’nt ever able to submit it because the website sayed that the page expired like 5 hours before the contest was done.


+ RogueCommando on April 11th, 2009 at 9:15 am said:

sad to say, no multiplayer in this one either. It saddens me. They said that only 5 percent of games were online. Its hard to get ps2 online if u dont have a slim. or u gotta buy the really long cable. with ps3 wifi really helps everyone get online and therefore u will see more games online insomniac


+ Kungpao on April 13th, 2009 at 12:39 pm said:

I finally picked up Ratchet & Clank ToD and I was definitely missing out! I do wish it had trophies though… I wonder how Naughty Dog was able to patch Uncharted so easily?

Anyway, I’m tired of the “this game plays like a Pixar movie.” The next Pixar movie should have reviews that say “it’s like watching an Insomniac game!” Too bad movies are have a wider audience than games. For now.


+ Mr-game1997 on August 6th, 2009 at 8:58 am said:

When is the game coming out in the uk

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