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Vote now! Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank Future Weapon Contest is on!

James Stevenson's Avatar Posted by on Apr 17, 2009 // Community Lead, Insomniac Games

We’re excited to announce the five finalists in the “Captain Qwark’s My Blaster Runs Hot Weapons Contest Sponsored by Gadgetron”! We had a ton of excellent submissions from all sorts of folks. We were very impressed by how good some of your entries were. In fact, some of the entries are weapons that currently live in the Insomniac database, while a few others strike an uncanny resemblance to weapons already making their way into the game!

There were some common submissions, lots of you loved weapons that left enemies in their underwear, and many others suggested a cat launcher. Other favorites were guns that stopped time, morph weapons, and weapons that launched various food items. A couple of weapons were even similar to our finalists below, but in those cases, we always took the best submission. If all other things were equal, the first submission we received got the nod.

The five finalists are below, and you can vote for them for about one week, until Friday, April 24th at 12:01am PST. The weapon with the most votes will be included in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, and we will announce the winning weapon at the International Comic-Con in San Diego. We’ll also be flying the winner out to present them with a real-life replica of their weapon.

Before you check out the finalists and cast your vote, check out this video we made, showing our Top 10 favorite Ratchet & Clank weapons of all time.

Without further ado, the finalists are:

  • The Plasma Sprinkler Glove
  • Spiral of Death
  • Bubble Shot
  • Qwark Machine
  • Super-Sized Sticky Hand Toy

You can get all of the details on these weapons, see the art created for them, and vote on them at! Hurry over there to get your votes in this week.

Thanks for all of your great submissions! Bryan Intihar and I will try to answer your questions below.

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+ KSPRAYDAD on April 17th, 2009 at 5:07 pm said:


Can I express a pet peeve though?

There are ‘things (see Video Store)’ that are different between US and Canada…thus SONY sees these as different markets.

So why when I go to SONY owned properties (the R&C site you linked and KZ2 off the top of my head) do I not see a Canada image to click on.

I don’t speak American and I don’t speak the Queen’s English. I speak Canadian.
/small rant

Love ya anyway.


+ ProSoldier14 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:16 pm said:

Its great seeing you guys really involved with the community and your fans. Keep up the great work!


+ remanutd5 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:19 pm said:

nice guys , chico you got my vote lol , good luck to all 5 finalist , some very good ideas there kool , and to James my favorite weapon is … ok i dont really have one theres a bunch of awesome crazy weapons in ratchet that i cant even decided which one i like the most lol


+ Ftwrthtx on April 17th, 2009 at 5:20 pm said:

Another great addition to the R&C series. User created weapons are the best!


+ iComet on April 17th, 2009 at 5:27 pm said:

Super-Sized Sticky Hand Toy got my vote :)


+ Tagan55 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:31 pm said:

sounds awesome


+ TheHater2 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:31 pm said:

You have to go with the Qwark Machine. The ability to use mini Qwarks in battle? Brutal.


+ remanutd5 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:32 pm said:

off topic Jeff is there going to be an Infamous countdown here? i just saw a Brian fleming( sucker punch ) interview in saying the game will have simultaneous worldwide release, is that true???


+ DNAgent on April 17th, 2009 at 5:34 pm said:

I won’t vote. All of those look so bad I hope none of them get added and I won’t even use them unless I am forced to.

I mean look at that stick hand entry. How did that ever become a finalist? It looks like he took the image straight off of google or something. It looks like he just searched for something and sent it in as his image. That is the worse one out of them all.

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    + James Stevenson on April 17th, 2009 at 5:37 pm said:

    The art was not the criteria.

    The weapon meets the criteria of being unique, strategic, fitting into the arsenal, being something that can actually be done our game, and if possible, being humorous.

    Clearly the Sticky hand succeeds on those levels.


+ destroyerofworld on April 17th, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

i thought the sticky was a funny idea, got my vote.

now only if it could stick to windows ^^


+ remanutd5 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

at 10 yeap i thought it was a funny idea too thats why it got my vote , all of them are funny ideas but for some reason i like the sticky more than the others , good luck to all 5 finalists


+ BlazednSleepy on April 17th, 2009 at 5:48 pm said:

Super-sized sticky hand toy sounds soo fun!! insomniac is so creative when it comes to ratchet and clank..Keep up the good work!!=]


+ KSPRAYDAD on April 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm said:

Sticky hand got my vote…think like a kid man.


+ hashem816 on April 17th, 2009 at 5:56 pm said:

i voted for the spiral death, although the bubble blaster seems good too


+ Kren420 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:00 pm said:

very nice voted for a plasma sprinkler cant wait for this game i love Ratchet and Clank


+ smokey_vols on April 17th, 2009 at 6:01 pm said:

The site isn’t working for me.


+ Capt-Fury- on April 17th, 2009 at 6:03 pm said:

hey James, what was the final number of submissions?


+ ProSoldier14 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:05 pm said:

I have a question. If the Qwark Machine wins, is there a chance it will replace the Agents of Doom or Mr. Zurkon? Same thing for the Super-Sized Sticky Hand Toy, will it maybe replace the Plasma Whip if it wins? That is, if the Agents of Doom, Mr. Zurkon and the Plasma Whip are in the game.


+ nuness1988 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

Those are some really good ideas and I had a hard time picking just one! But the image of tiny captain Qwarks running around was just too funny to pass up! Can’t wait to buy the game but I still need to get Quest for Booty.


+ hashem816 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

hey james idk but did u ever get my submission called the gravity glove, i sent it with my e-mail


+ womfalcs3 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:08 pm said:

The groovitron is absolutely hilarious. Very fun weapon. I hope it’s included in the next installment.


+ NeoUltima on April 17th, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

I can’t decide between Quark Machine and Plasma Sprinkler


+ RogueCommando on April 17th, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

Man! This is really great! I guess there is no multiplayer though. I thought up a multiplayer only weapon but I saw that it wasn’t in the description. Can you tell us why Multiplayer is not in this one either? same story?


+ coolasj19 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

the only one i dont really LOVE is the mini quarks.

the whip seems awesome but may need to have a slight lock on while spinning an enemy

the bubble shot seems great but the concept of charging and the bubble going slower is a turn off. that is unless the speed is = to about 50% the uncharged but 200% more powerful.

the Plasma Sprinkler.. ummmm i love it but its just not the most epic thing to me. it rates an 80 compared to insomanics greater weapons.

the Spiral of Death…. generic name. it threw me off when i saw how awesome it was. this weapon if executed PERFECTLY will be everybodys favorite my main problem would be the firing range being to narrow and it being to fast. an aftertouch for distant enemies with sixaxis and expanding range the farther away it gets is what i would expect insomanic to carefully play with. i trust these guys to make the weapon great. this got my vote.
thanks insomanic letting us cast our opinion and god speed.
please use more R & C original commercials.


+ jadjohnny on April 17th, 2009 at 6:34 pm said:

Groovitron my personal fav, looking forward for the next game guys.


+ Fersis on April 17th, 2009 at 6:35 pm said:

I voted the Sticky hand, i liked the ‘secondary fire’


+ xZeroShockx on April 17th, 2009 at 6:38 pm said:

So in response to your comment in comment#9, so your saying that if I googled a kickball and just gave you a picture of that and called it a grenade it would still count? Nice to know that our efforts in our artwork were not in vain.


+ Nomik2 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

DAMN IT! I want all of them!!! Voted!


+ Jim777 on April 17th, 2009 at 6:53 pm said:

Congrats to all who got into the finals :D only wish i could go to comic con with you guys ;)


+ Xoonaka on April 17th, 2009 at 6:54 pm said:

Not to lament too much… but…

Did you guys see the Flux Incapacitor 401k? Just wondering your thoughts on it if so… I think I can imagine why it wouldn’t get chosen, but still, I’m a little disappointed…


+ wocyob on April 17th, 2009 at 6:54 pm said:

aw my gun didnt make it
Gun Name: My First Projector

oh well, grats to the winner
hope the one i voted for wins :P


+ Unknown_Hero on April 17th, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:

2 are good, the others are just crappy entries


+ Incubuster on April 17th, 2009 at 6:58 pm said:

I think it’s between the Sticky Hand, the Qwark Machine, and the bubble shot. But if I had to pick one, it would be the Sticky Hand.


+ BZKlint on April 17th, 2009 at 6:59 pm said:

The Bubble-Shot looks and sounds like the Bio Rifle from UT3… :-/


+ wocyob on April 17th, 2009 at 7:01 pm said:


thats what my friend said when he read it lol


+ rbanke on April 17th, 2009 at 7:08 pm said:

I was going to enter but never got around to drawing something.

It was to be ‘The Reapendisizer’. It would have randomly moved arms, legs, heads of the enemies bodies in different positions, causing them to walk in circles, not be able to walk/fall over, etc. It would upgrade to bigger area of effect/longer duration something like that.

Anyone else have anything interesting they were going to do?


+ Destiny89 on April 17th, 2009 at 7:09 pm said:

i liked the second one which is the rolling thingy i voted for that one but i also liked the first one as well


+ hashem816 on April 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

i was going to make a gravity glove that could push people away


+ Ghost_Shrimp on April 17th, 2009 at 7:14 pm said:

Those user weapons are so hilarious but I can’t really see them being that fun to use for some reason. I’m having a hard time voting.

Also I REALLY hope that A Crack in Time has online and splitscreen multiplayer. It adds a lot of replay value.


+ Enigma777 on April 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm said:

damn it… my gun didn’t make it! Those are some good weapons though…. I wonder if I didn’t get picked cause I didn’t color mine =[


+ Cat_Corye on April 17th, 2009 at 7:42 pm said:

I’m sorry but notthing look good to me or even sound good, I think their should have been better items then those.

P.S. I’m not voting.


+ haran_elessar on April 17th, 2009 at 7:44 pm said:

NOOOO!! I forgot all about this contest!!! I was going to submit some ideas…the art was going to suck but the ideas were neat…I must buy an agenda!!


+ Rival_31 on April 17th, 2009 at 7:55 pm said:

Man I really missed out on this contest!


+ Ikki_Fenix on April 17th, 2009 at 8:06 pm said:

I liked the sticky hand and the quark launcher so I would like it if both were added in.


+ Demonik12 on April 17th, 2009 at 8:07 pm said:

i love this contest. this benefits insomiac and us as a community.
insomiac, i get it. ideas are harder to comby. not only this contest alows u to see a lot of ideas that can help spark new ones. as a communtiy, its great being able to contribute to something like this. 2 thumbs up.


+ Demonik12 on April 17th, 2009 at 8:08 pm said:

cant decide on whoch one though lol


+ Ikki_Fenix on April 17th, 2009 at 8:10 pm said:

The sticky hand and the quark machine are good ideas. They both should be added into the game


+ Link01 on April 17th, 2009 at 8:18 pm said:

I can’t wait for this game :)… still want to know if Online is back… or in game music … or dlc is coming to it….


+ RESISTANCE61513 on April 17th, 2009 at 8:37 pm said:

I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I know that not everyone is going to see eye to eye and the least anyone can do is respect ones disagreement.
However what I don’t agree with is bashing someone else’s entry. These weapons were picked for a reason and that’s because they met the criteria. Each weapon chosen sounds fun, original, fit the universe of Ratchet and Clank, and offer a great experience for the players in terms of strategy.
I understand that some of you don’t agree with that. I can respect your disagreement but please refrain from tearing down those who made it into the top five.

And making posts like “I’m not voting” is really trivial.

Please show a little class…

Congrats to those who made it into the top five! That is truly an impressive feat. Wish you all the best in the voting process.


+ VIP_MVP_18 on April 17th, 2009 at 8:40 pm said:

Running outta ideas for Ratchet weapons so ya guys turn to the fans? Just kiddin. Its great to initiate a contest like this to outreach for fan contribution to the game.

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