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Ratchet & Clank Future Weapon Design Contest

James Stevenson's Avatar Posted by 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 www.ratchetandclank.com, 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 said:

March 21st, 6:53 am

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 said:

March 21st, 8:49 am

“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 said:

March 21st, 10:06 am

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 said:

March 21st, 1:44 pm

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

mckg123456789 said:

March 22nd, 1:40 am

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 said:

March 22nd, 2:38 pm

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 said:

March 22nd, 6:40 pm

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

BuckGame said:

March 22nd, 8:21 pm


Elvick_ said:

March 22nd, 8:24 pm

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 said:

March 23rd, 5:57 am

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 said:

March 23rd, 6:31 am

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 said:

March 23rd, 10:59 am

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 said:

March 23rd, 6:11 pm

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

K-MIZER said:

March 23rd, 9:27 pm

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 said:

March 24th, 7:59 am

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 said:

March 24th, 3:52 pm

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 said:

March 24th, 4:38 pm

Yeah lets get some R & C trophies plz

LegacyGamer said:

March 24th, 7:52 pm

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 said:

March 27th, 12:32 pm

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 said:

    March 27th, 3:24 pm

    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 said:

March 27th, 1:23 pm

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

pudgenet said:

March 27th, 1:30 pm

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 said:

March 27th, 2:18 pm

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

pieboy4545 said:

March 27th, 2:48 pm

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

pudgenet said:

March 27th, 2:56 pm

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

silentj14 said:

March 27th, 2:58 pm

hope so…

silentj14 said:

March 27th, 3:01 pm

now what? What is Insomniacs email?

pudgenet said:

March 27th, 3:03 pm

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

silentj14 said:

March 27th, 3:43 pm

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

pudgenet said:

March 27th, 5:06 pm

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 said:

March 29th, 7:24 am

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 said:

March 29th, 7:28 am

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 said:

April 2nd, 6:07 pm

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

Please help me before the contest is over!!

pieboy4545 said:

April 11th, 8:57 am

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 said:

April 11th, 9:15 am

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 said:

April 13th, 12:39 pm

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 said:

August 6th, 8:58 am

When is the game coming out in the uk

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