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Ratchet & Clank Weapons Contest Opens Today!

James Stevenson's Avatar Posted by on Mar 27, 2009 // Community Lead, Insomniac Games

One final post from Insomniac from GDC. We wanted to make sure you guys checked out the site for the weapons contest and you’ll be happy to know that submissions are open as of today! As we mentioned yesterday, the Grand Prize winner will have their weapon included in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time as part of Ratchet’s arsenal, will be given a life-size replica of the weapon, and will win a trip to San Diego Comic-Con to meet with the dev team and reveal the winning weapon to the public there!

We wanted to help get the ball rolling with your brainstorming, so we put together a little video roundtable talking about some of our favorite weapons stories and experiences over the years of working on Ratchet & Clank weapons. We also know many people have asked for some advice, so the Weapons team here at Insomniac came up with a few additional guidelines to help you on the path to winning the contest.

  • Don’t simply take the Morph Ray and have it turn enemies into a new funny animal like green bunnies.
  • Be practical with the visual effects – a gun that fills the
    screen with a thousand flaming rockets will be hard to implement.
  • We are looking for innovation, humor, and fun factor – not just total destruction.
  • Make sure you take a look at previous Ratchet games so you don’t copy an existing weapon.
  • Keep it clean and avoid overly gruesome effects – this game is likely to be rated E for Everyone.
  • Try to stick to a one or two-handed gun or grenade weapon form (though if you have something really cool in mind, share it!)

Submissions are open through April 10th, so that means you have two weeks to put something together. Head on over to www.ratchetandclank.com to download the My Blaster Runs hot wallpapers, check out the official rules, and submit your design!

That’s all for now, make sure you tune into GTTV tonight to check out the world premiere of the teaser trailer for Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time!

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+ BlindMango on March 27th, 2009 at 5:31 pm said:

please add Spyro PS1 Classics to the PS STORE!


+ smokey_vols on March 27th, 2009 at 5:34 pm said:

I’m going to give this a shot, maybe something good will come out of it. Thanks for the opportunity :)


+ Azira013 on March 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm said:

Well, I’m sure whatever you guys pick for weapons will be great and fit all your criteria. Just make sure you bring back the Groovitron! :-)


+ remanutd5 on March 27th, 2009 at 5:50 pm said:

James can we expect the figurines before A Crank in Time??? i really wanna get some of them and can you plz tell me how can i get a Resistance tshirt , thank you


+ iComet on March 27th, 2009 at 5:53 pm said:

Can’t wait to see the winning gun :)


+ Jigokunohoono on March 27th, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

well i now hate canada, we dont get to go in any cool contest. oh well, i cant wait to see what wins im sure this will be great like every other game you make.

by the way, how long is the trailer going to be??? i hope more than 30s please.


+ Korbei83 on March 27th, 2009 at 5:57 pm said:

sigh.. i really stoked about that.


+ StrykerIsland on March 27th, 2009 at 5:58 pm said:

Going to be tough to top Mr. Zircon. :D


+ jazzyrider on March 27th, 2009 at 6:05 pm said:

Cool – winner’s weapon in the game! Not sure I have enough creativity to do something like that but we’ll see!


+ SteveMcQwark on March 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

What?! US only? It’s times like these that it sucks to live on the NORTH bank of lake Ontario. Though I can see that a limit needs to be put in to make sure that the legal part applies, but why can’t it be at least an SCEA-wide contest? (I’m no lawyer, so I actually don’t know) Oh well.


+ Zookey on March 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:



+ Prattz on March 27th, 2009 at 6:14 pm said:

Please answer this comment!

Are Canadians allowed to enter? I have an almost absolute winner, and I don’t wanna pass it up.

Please tell me I can enter!


+ Hpedni on March 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm said:

I’m brainstorming right now and have some ideas. I want something that’s gonna be practical for more than just lulz. But I also want it to be funny. I want it to look cool also. I’m going for a classic loony toon-ish gun. Hopefully I get picked or I’ll create the gun in real life and destroy everything.


+ minameissteve on March 27th, 2009 at 6:26 pm said:

Thank you IG!!


+ TOY_ROBOT on March 27th, 2009 at 6:27 pm said:

Just entered!


+ Prattz on March 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm said:

My idea isn’t even a gun! It’s original, and funny! Heck, since I probably won’t even be able to enter, I’ll just post it somewhere later…


+ jakinov on March 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm said:

The Comic Con for one thing is why it’s US only they gotta pay even more for you to fly internationally and it’s more of a hassle.


+ mafecto on March 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:


Worms has crashed my PS3 3 times now. Anyone else had this problem?

And, uhh..yeah…Insomniac rules!


+ mmmpieisgood on March 27th, 2009 at 6:58 pm said:

Aww, I live in the UK and wanted to enter. I even had a good idea! Oh well, good luck to people who can enter!


+ LightAce on March 27th, 2009 at 6:59 pm said:

Ooh I just thought of a good one. Sad to say that I’ve never played the other games so I don’t know if it exists yet


+ Blkant on March 27th, 2009 at 7:07 pm said:

Run out of ideas eh? :)


+ Unknown_Hero on March 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm said:

man if i was creative, i would so try this


+ iExile on March 27th, 2009 at 7:16 pm said:

@ Blkant: If Insomniac were out of ideas they wouldn’t release one new AAA game ever year. Somebody please cut off this guy’s hands.


+ Jim777 on March 27th, 2009 at 7:25 pm said:

Cant wait to try my hand at this


+ coppi6976 on March 27th, 2009 at 7:30 pm said:

Sweet cant wait for this game props to the tester with the redsox cap.


+ Thrasher20 on March 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm said:

Yayuh I am going to start soon!


+ mckg123456789 on March 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm said:



+ D-Squad3 on March 27th, 2009 at 9:01 pm said:

Can you guys please show me the list of weapons already made because I don’t wanna search forever just trying to figure out what guns have been made already.


+ lakaiHIGH on March 27th, 2009 at 9:10 pm said:

ive got the sickest idea ever!!! hahaha good luck everyone but i really think i have a shot at this with my idea.



+ krae_man on March 27th, 2009 at 9:26 pm said:

STOP MAKING CONTESTS OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY. You release games in Canada, there is no valid reason why you cannot go through the extra legwork it would require to include Canada in your contests.


If I were eligible, I would make an amnesia gun and I would have Ratchet accidentally shoot himself with it.

That way he’d forget He’s already come across another Lombax before: Angela Cross in Going Commando. That way him asking “What happened to the Lombaxes?” would make more sense.

Wouldn’t explain why the two of them wern’t surprised to see another Lombax though.


+ BZKlint on March 27th, 2009 at 9:28 pm said:

Could we have Ratchet roll in one of these?


(…And maybe Clank in one of these?)



+ Unknown_Hero on March 27th, 2009 at 10:07 pm said:

@krae_man: USA pwns all….any way i ready for the teaser…hopes you actually show footage, unlike the Battlefields Bad Company 2 junk…that was weak sauce


+ Christian_Josh on March 27th, 2009 at 10:14 pm said:

I already started brainstorming on my weapon, heck I shared a little on the Insomniac Games Community Forums. James, is was the first htread that was made on the contest board. The Speculation one. From watching this video it makes me want to change some of the designing, and possibly think of something more fun. Rifles are sometimes not fun….I can make it fun though right? I think I can hehe.


+ Christian_Josh on March 27th, 2009 at 10:17 pm said:

@ Unkwown Hero, the Battlefield trailer did suck I agree I just finished watching it on Spike now its a commercial. I hope Mass Effect and R&CF II will have better trailers and I hope its over 30 seconds.


+ Christian_Josh on March 27th, 2009 at 10:19 pm said:




+ Unknown_Hero on March 27th, 2009 at 10:20 pm said:

woahhh who was the that guy???


+ jazzyrider on March 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm said:

Is it me or was the GTTV teaser trailer short? Still excited though – and now to work on some weapon ideas…


+ Unknown_Hero on March 27th, 2009 at 10:22 pm said:

that wasn’t ratchet…was it….i gotta see it again!! ahh hope they put it on the site soon!


+ BZKlint on March 27th, 2009 at 10:24 pm said:

@ Unknown_Hero

Seriously? :|


+ Gothamite on March 27th, 2009 at 10:31 pm said:

Hi, sorry to be off topic but is Playstation Dress every coming to the United States?
Thanks for any help!


+ Unknown_Hero on March 27th, 2009 at 10:35 pm said:

ok so its obviously not ratchet….i think i was so hyped to see him….sniff


+ remanutd5 on March 27th, 2009 at 10:40 pm said:

Jeff can you put the teaser trailer in the ps store as you guys did with the gow3 and u2 teaser trailers plz??? and who was that guy??? ratchet???


+ iExile on March 27th, 2009 at 11:49 pm said:

@ jazzyrider: “Is it me or was the GTTV teaser trailer short?”

So you know it’s a teaser and you still need to ask? Haha. I’ll admit I was disappointed too though. Not because it sucked (it rocked) but ’cause you know, like you, I want more NOW!

Who was the old lombax dude? Was it Ratchet in the FUTURE future or his dad? Was it neither? Somehow, when it said “Are you ready?” I got the idea of CO-OP! OMG!


+ MrSignal on March 27th, 2009 at 11:56 pm said:

@krae_man, Angela wasn’t a lombax.
I’m quite sure it was pointed out sometime after the game came out.
Sorta explains the height difference though.

Otherwise, yay for time paradoxes.
Ratchets Pop, alive?
This is gonna get interesting.


+ alaM0000 on March 28th, 2009 at 12:17 am said:

That video was funny about Ratchet’s Classic weapons back from the Ps2 games!!!??? =D


+ Werty on March 28th, 2009 at 1:25 am said:

Soooo, of course it’s only to U.S. residents only. I’ve spent a good time on designing this weapon and writing what worksad what doesn’t and I was willing to go the extra mile and work my way through multiple iterations to find the best one. Now I’m just stopped, there went my motivation – you know you could inform that it’s limited to the States at the same time you announced the contest. Dissappointed…but I will submit my entry and hope you guys and gals at Insomniac take a look at my design instead of just tossing away.


+ Werty on March 28th, 2009 at 1:26 am said:

And of course I typoed like the crazy nut that I am.


+ sonicthemonkey on March 28th, 2009 at 2:30 am said:

Really cool to see the guys reminiscing about the weapons dating all the way back to the first entry in the series.

Just out of curiosity, why the shying away from the Teen rating and more risque humor/elements of the earlier games in favor of a new E/E10+ rating? Skid McMarx’s comment in Ratchet 3 that “I didn’t realize you were this kinky Miss Gears” as Courtney Gears strapped him into bio-bliterator will always stay with me, corrupting my innocence well into adulthood. Anyway, why the change in tone? I suppose “A Crack in Time” will always be “Clock Blockers” for me =)

As for the contest, I’ll have to start working on my invention immediately…perhaps some sort of death-clock (a proverbial cookie to anyone that gets the reference).


+ Werty on March 28th, 2009 at 2:50 am said:

Umm does US resident mean a citizen of the US who lives in hte country or can it be a citizen of the US, but who lives outside the country?


+ CEK111 on March 28th, 2009 at 3:46 am said:

Is it only open to those who live in the US?

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