Ratchet & Clank Was Released 15 Years Ago Today

November 4, 2017Written by Tyler Treese

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15 years ago on this very day, Insomniac Games released the original Ratchet & Clank. The PlayStation 2 platformer was a success from the very start, and it eventually became one of Sony’s biggest franchises. The latest installment was a PlayStation 4 remake of the original, and was released in conjunction with an animated movie based on the series.

For even more on the original Ratchet & Clank, check out Michael Briers’ piece on the series:

For on November 4, 2002, Insomniac Games rolled out a humble platforming title known as Ratchet & Clank and with it came the newest additions to the genre’s colorful family. In tracing the series’ roots back to the point of origin, we discover that the studio began drafting up ideas for R&C — then known as I5 (Insomniac game #5) — upon wrapping up work on their Spyro the Dragon franchise.

Releasing in and around the same window as both Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter, Naughty Dog actually approached Insomniac early on in development to negotiate an agreement that would allow the studio to utilize ND’s game technology — environment renderers and the like — when constructing Ratchet & Clank, with the condition being that the developer report any feedback and/or improvements back to Naughty Dog. Insomniac agreed, and in reflecting on the arrangement, CEO Ted Price admitted that said deal provided “a huge leg up and allowed us to draw the enormous vistas in the game.”

Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on Insomniac’s signature series, and if you’ll be celebrating its birthday by playing one of the titles this weekend!