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Ratchet & Clank Future Weapons Contest: Our Fave Fives #1

James Stevenson's Avatar Posted by James Stevenson on May 08, 2009 // Community Lead, Insomniac Games

Hey everyone,

As you know, voting ended a couple of weeks ago on our Captain Qwark’s My Blaster Runs Hot Ratchet & Clank Future Weapons Contest sponsored by Gadgetron (whew). But as we had over a thousand entries, it was sort of a shame that we could only show our top five favorites. Over the next couple of months as we head towards the reveal of the winning weapon at International Comic-Con this July in San Diego, some members of the Insomniac team are going to reveal their personal five favorites. I’m going to start it off this week with my personal top five that weren’t finalists – and in case you were wondering, I cast my personal vote for the Plasma Sprinkler:

Shockwave Inducer

Shockwave Inducer

This was one of our overall top 10 weapons, and was really strongly considered due to the fact that it’s different than many other weapons we’ve done in the past. We’ve never really had an Area of Effect weapon that was centered on Ratchet – and this one would be especially effective against swarmer enemies. The art was also really cool and we thought it had great potential.

The Pixelator

The Pixelator

This is a really cool idea that I believe has been tossed around Insomniac in the past. The challenge is you have to create a whole system for what happens to enemies when they become pixilated, which would have been an art and programming nightmare. We thought this was cool, especially in a day and age when Retro gaming is as popular as ever.

Fruit of the Doom

Fruit of the Doom

We had a lot of submissions that really focused on the comedy aspect, and this is one of them. We’ve had A LOT of people suggest underwear guns, and this was the one that made me laugh the most due to the clever title and imagery. Unfortunately, the amount of work to give every enemy underwear and animations is a bit much, plus it sort of breaks the game and maybe our ESRB rating too.

Peter Rottentail

Peter Rottentail

Zombies are obviously in with COD:WAW, Left 4 Dead and even the grims in Resistance 2. So what’s better than bringing Zombie bunnies to Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time? This was a completely awesome idea, and was up there in our rankings but would’ve required a full new character and animation set – thus it wasn’t something that was accomplishable. Still hilarious.



This had a very strong argument as our favorite weapon amongst some of us, while others rolled their eyes. To me, the idea of this is so amazingly badass, especially if you could animate the user spinning and whipping the guns around. That said, this weapon doesn’t really fit the Ratchet universe, and would require a ton of hero animation. Thus it didn’t make the finalists group. Still, a very, very strong competitor.

Anyways, that’s all from me. We’ll be back with more of our favorite submissions over the next few weeks. And stay tuned for the return of our podcast, The Full Moon Show, on May 21st.

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+ plaidfluff on May 8th, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

For the pixelator, you could have simply used an overlaid pixel shader to make it appear blocky in screenspace (similar to one of the common effects in Darwinia), and then bitcrushed the character’s sound (downsampled to 8-bit and 8KHz or so with no interpolation or filtering). Effective and easy!


+ Midgetguy on May 8th, 2009 at 12:20 pm said:

Those were super cool! Can’t wait to see what others were sent in!


+ Loki_d20 on May 8th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

Shotgunchuck + secret appearance of Ash from Evil dead?

Second option would be Shockwave Inducer just because it fits well and has a good upgrade idea.


+ ShredinSlash on May 8th, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

add the shotgunchuck to the next Resistance! it would be awesome. make it the Chimera shotgun, because they could actually make that kind of weapon.


+ NickDude on May 8th, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

I hear Nefarious is back as the villain…will there be any comedy gold moments of soap opera playback? and is Lawrence the butler in it. Please let it be,Insoms


+ AwRy108 on May 8th, 2009 at 12:51 pm said:

If your teams are so opposed to creating new animation sets because of time constraints, is it safe to assume that your dev. cycle on this title is nearing completion?

I can’t wait for another R&C game–I sure hope the campaign is longer than Tools of Destruction, ’cause time flies when you’re having a blast!


+ Icarus_Immortal on May 8th, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

I don’t really have anything constructive to say about this post, so I’ll go a bit off topic.

Have you guys at Insomniac abandoned Resistance 2 DLC by now to work on R&C: ACiT?
I would really like some more cooperative maps for R2 since you have done competitive DLC already.

Anyways, love your work on the R&C games (and Resistance games) so I have no doubt in my mind that ACiT will be amazing (still playing ToD now and then).


+ Anubis80 on May 8th, 2009 at 12:55 pm said:

LOL fruit of doom! hahaha That one is too funny. I really like the Shockwave Inducer. It seems like something that would be in the game to begin with. Great work to all of the people who are up there. Great and funny ideas.


+ TubaDude49 on May 8th, 2009 at 1:17 pm said:

How well was the InvectoPie Launcher recieved? Just out of curiosity.


+ kosluftar on May 8th, 2009 at 1:26 pm said:

These should be trophy unlocks!


+ Kamahl_rg on May 8th, 2009 at 1:18 pm said:

i liked the shockwave thing the most :P


+ ADR143 on May 8th, 2009 at 2:38 pm said:

shot gun chuck


+ pecorre on May 8th, 2009 at 3:04 pm said:

WOW’ the Pixelator was awesome. Much better than any other of the final five.


+ lowhonor on May 8th, 2009 at 3:06 pm said:

you guys better not mess this up like the half-ass job in resistance 2


+ Synchra on May 8th, 2009 at 3:09 pm said:

I love seeing more of the entries, people were so creative with these.

I really like the pixelator. Maybe something like one of these could make it into the next game after Crack in Time? ;D

I’d love to see all the entries together but.. there are so many it would probably take a lot of time to put that all together.

Thanks for sharing!


+ Dehshizknight on May 8th, 2009 at 3:19 pm said:


Can’t wait!


+ minameissteve on May 8th, 2009 at 3:38 pm said:

Most of these should have been the Top 5.

Pixelator= WIN


+ Berae on May 8th, 2009 at 4:17 pm said:

These are all great ideas! i must say that zombies bunnies would have been really nice

I have one question tho, why did you do a contest for a new weapon to include in your game if you dont want to put efforts in it? I mean if theres a new weapon, it needs to be fun to use, if theres no animation link to it and things like that, why is it worth doing?

Its not a negative post, it is just that it seems you cant add much because of time and money and it will end up looking like an old weapon you already did


+ cheese_man11 on May 8th, 2009 at 5:02 pm said:

Shockwave Inducer for sure… the rest are lame


+ remanutd5 on May 8th, 2009 at 6:13 pm said:

when are we gonna see more info on Ratchet and Clank a Crack in Time??? im dying to see gameplay footage


+ Azira013 on May 8th, 2009 at 6:48 pm said:

Is there any possibility that some of these might make it as DLC? Or is DLC not a Ratchet and Clank thing?

The Fruit of the Doom looks pretty cool.


+ EmperorKorea on May 8th, 2009 at 8:05 pm said:

RYNO V please


+ Chaos_Bladez on May 9th, 2009 at 12:32 am said:

Man the Pixelator would have been the coolest weapon ever! :D


+ alaM0000 on May 9th, 2009 at 1:49 am said:

awsome!!!! =D


+ jimhead on May 9th, 2009 at 2:24 am said:

Awesome a new Full moon show, you guys have to make more of them… Please (Even though i think you started very early this year)


+ Dexiro on May 9th, 2009 at 7:25 am said:

i find the pixelator really annoying xD

i had the EXACT same idea but i don’t think it let me submit it because I’m not from US


+ Arcturian on May 9th, 2009 at 7:27 am said:

I don’t see how the underwear gun would ramp up the ESRB rating. Everyone’s seen Aladdin — heck, every G-rated Disney movie makes an underwear joke!


+ AtheniusWins on May 9th, 2009 at 7:31 am said:

Looking closely to the “ShotgunChuck” idea, it looks like it was photo shopped. All the user did was grab two shot guns and and put a chain at the bottom. Not original at all. I could see why this didn’t make the cut, horrible.

The PeterRottentail looks too violent for Ratchet, due to it would carry E10 most likely. I guess Insomniac is just trying to play safe, I guarantee that Crack in Time is going to be different than the past Ratchet’s we seen. At this point it can’t be revealed because its being playtested, and final decisions are being made.


+ darthmilo77 on May 9th, 2009 at 8:24 am said:

I submitted one kind of like the hand one but more physics based. Now I can see why it wasn’t accepted (aside from the terrible art I drew), since it would require the implementation of a whole physics system.


+ darthmilo77 on May 9th, 2009 at 8:25 am said:


In Secret Agent Clank, there’s a whole part where a lot of characters have to fight in a prison shower and if their towels get knocked off there’s a “censored” bar over part of the character. They’ve definitely gotten away with a lot more in E10+.


+ Shy_Guy92 on May 9th, 2009 at 10:20 am said:

Why is Insomniac trying to make the games E now?
All the older ones were T and if they start making the R&C all kiddish then there wont be any of the humor that R&C is known for( Example: In Up your Arsenal,Quark dressing up as a lady with huge ones for example XD)and the name for tools of destruction isnt funny or creative as the games in the past like Going Commando, Up your Arsenal, and Size Matters.


+ ProwlingFox on May 9th, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

JAMES! It’s weapons DESIGN contest haha. Remember CQMBRHRCFWDCSG (cucumber horse food sausage)


+ Equalizerr on May 10th, 2009 at 9:43 am said:

Seriously, all these weapons are better than the nominated ones.. And I wish that the R&C games were more mature.


+ PaulTheRebel on May 10th, 2009 at 10:35 am said:

Fruit of doom, Looks funny


+ ManWithGoodTaste on May 10th, 2009 at 12:11 pm said:

Shockwave Inductor 3P1( W1|\|


+ Erdie on May 10th, 2009 at 6:10 pm said:

Fruit of the Doom is pretty clever, but I still would have voted for the plasma sprinkler.


+ palitococo on May 13th, 2009 at 1:49 pm said:

The Pixelator its great, im pretty surprised. This event its incredible, i love the company, i got all Insomniac PS3 titles, i love you guys never change. Cheers and hellos from Dominican Republic.


+ Bluko612 on May 16th, 2009 at 7:55 am said:

:o I had that idea of the shockwave inducer:( Although it wasn’t called that but the whole idea I had. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to submit and entry :( I wish Canada was able to submit entries.


+ MAspiderface2 on May 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm said:

Give me Shotgunchuck…..plz. :P


+ sam_i_jam on May 8th, 2009 at 10:02 am said:

I vote for the Pixelator or the Shotgunchuck


+ Ftwrthtx on May 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am said:

The ShotGunChuck gets my vote.


+ asop89 on May 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Wow! Nice choices you guys selected, what got my interest is the Pixelator & the Shotgunchuck! both of their ideas are epic! You guys should consider to add these 2 to the final game. Great work guys. ;)

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    + James Stevenson on May 8th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

    Yeah, these are awesome. Not in our top five finalists, but still so cool we had to share.


+ Darkos87 on May 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Shotgunchuck… omg need one nao.


+ pavlovic on May 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

The pixelator is awesome…


+ Azured_Scorpio on May 8th, 2009 at 10:10 am said:

I like the Pixelator and the Shockwave Inducer!


+ djspinal on May 8th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

Oh plz giv me dat Peter Rottentail. How kewl r zombie bunnies..?! Yeah that’s wat I thawt


+ Cocoreccho on May 8th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

lol “The Shotgunchuck” has my vote


+ Jeigh on May 8th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

So… You haven’t actually picked one yet? The ShotgunChuck is a pretty creative idea, though they all have their merits.

The TRULY important part of this post was actually in the final line: THE FULL MOON SHOW IS BACK, BABY! :D

PS- The first couple comments might as well have had “First!” plastered at the end of them, though I appreciate that they at least made some attempt to mask it.


+ NukeGoBoom on May 8th, 2009 at 10:11 am said:

Still no “Clock Blocker”.I was promised one on 1up…Do it Insomniac.DO IT.
Anyaway Froot Of the Doom is nice.Pixelator is meh actually and shotgun chuck reminds me sword-chucks so its not THAT original.


+ TheHater2 on May 8th, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

The Pixelator would have been amazing to say the least. But I will have to go with Peter Rottentail because bunny zombies is just too much.

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