Ratchet & Clank to feature online gameplay
Surprisingly, SCEA's other big adventure title will be playable also online, complete with exciting features.

- SCEA today announced the first details about Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, the sequel to Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, and third installment of the series. Surprisingly, SCEA announced that the game, next to the classic offline mode, will feature also online multiplayer gameplay.

The Story
After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as an interstellar robot of mystery and intrigue after starring in his own television series, Secret Agent Clank. While Ratchet is dismayed by his new sidekick status, the feelings are put aside when the twosome is called together by the Galactic President to bring peace to the universe. They find themselves travelling back to Planet Veldin to battle Dr. Nefarious, a robotic super villain who has devised a diabolical scheme to wipe out all organic life in the galaxy. To reach his goal, he has instructed the Tyhrranoids, a race of multi-eye aliens to annihilate the organics. However, while Dr. Nefarious is aware that if the Tyhrranoids are successful, they will end up causing their own extinction, the Tyhrranoids are not aware of this danger.

To fight back, Ratchet and Clank are able to recruit Captain Qwark, a favorite from previous games, out of retirement to lead the Q-Force, an unlikely band of heroic space cadets comprised of some of the most memorable characters from the Ratchet & Clank franchise. This includes Helga, the robotic seductress; Big Al, a techno-geek with the ability to encrypt technology systems; and Skidd McMarxx, a former hoverboarding champ and pro slacker turned spy. Together with the Q-Force, Ratchet and Clank set off on another hilarious interstellar romp to uncover the schemes of the sinister Dr.Nefarious and keep the galaxy safe for organic life.

(from the official press release)

In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, players will be able to earn up to 20 weapons (including online and offline), and most of the weapons will have four levels of upgrades; new high tech gadgets will also help the dynamic duo during the adventure.

The Starship Phoenix, headquarters for the Q-Force, will serve the players as a hub where they can receive training, new missions, and purchase new armor and weapons. Vehicles like the Turbo Slider and the Hovership will be available to compete in races and combat enemies. The game will also feature enhanced enemy AI to offer more challenging gameplay.

Multiplayer and online gameplay
The game will offer a rich online and offline multiplayer mode. For people willing to play offline, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal will feature a split screen multiplayer mode for up to four players; for online gamers, the game will offer a multiplayer mode for up to eight players. Only broadband connections will be supported, and it will be possible to chat with other players using a USB headset for the Playstation 2, in-game and into the game lobby. The lobby area will also give players the chance to manage their friends list and customize their character selecting among a series of character skins.

Just few other details were unveiled for the multiplayer mode, but they all make everything looking honestly very inviting. Six new levels will be introduced for online play, and different game modes will be available, including a classic of online action games like "capture the enemy base". Much more interestingly, multiple vehicles will be available in multiplayer mode, to encourage strategic co-op gameplay - players can work together as one person navigates the vehicle while the other uses its arsenal.

Stay tuned on Ps2Fantasy.com for all the latest news about the new Ratchet & Clank!

(Posted: Monday, April 19, 2004, 10:15AM GMT)

- Harry

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