Ratchet & Clank Is Still Thriving Despite Being One Of PlayStation's Oldest Series

  • Ratchet & Clank is one of the oldest continuing PlayStation-exclusive franchises, with other series either going multiplatform, like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, or dying off completely--like Sly Cooper, Twisted Metal, Wild Arms, Ape Escape… you get the idea.

    But not our Lombax and robot duo! In fact, June's NPD data shows Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was the best-selling game for the entire month in the US, and it doubled dollar sales of its predecessor on PS4. Ratchet & Clank is not only surviving but thriving in 2021--apparently enough to justify costing $30 more than its predecessor. It achieved higher dollar sales than any game in the series' history, and this is despite the game being exclusive to a system that no one can even find.

    That isn't to say the path for the series has always been easy. There were the less-great spin-off games, the much-derided movie, and Into the Nexus, which is easy to forget exists because it released on PS3 just days before the PS4's launch. Despite the hiccups, however, Insomniac's series never radically reinvented the wheel, relying on tried-and-true 3D action-platforming up to and including the latest game.Continue Reading at GameSpot