Betting on classic games has become a significant part of the video game industry in recent years. It’s happening on all levels, from ground-up remakes of legendary AAA classics to third-party reboots with familiar faces and old-school gameplay. While big remakes get the most attention, one of the most successful ways to monetize gamer nostalgia is to keep things simple: simply port old games to new systems.
Sony is doing just that with its Playstation Plus streaming service, just in time for the series’ 20th anniversary. The first five “Ratchet and Clank” titles, the first of which was released in 2002, are coming to Playstation Plus. Instead of spending money on a full remake or a spiritual sequel in the style of Yooka-Laylee, Sony has decided to put the classic “Ratchet and Clank” games on Plus and let gamers enjoy them on their own.
Old-school games retooled for modern play
Let’s begin with the fundamentals. Playstation Plus, Sony’s game streaming service and chosen home for beloved games from previous generations, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ratchet and Clank. First, it released five new armor sets for the latest title, “Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.” Each set is inspired by one of the new games that will be available to Plus Premium subscribers. All five armor sets are currently available.
Second, the company announced the release of the first five “Ratchet and Clank” games on Playstation Plus on November 15th. The series began on the PlayStation 2, and four of the five games coming to Plus Premium – the original, “Going Commando,” “Up Your Arsenal,” and “Deadlocked” – started there as well. The fifth title is “Ratchet and Clank: Deadlocked,” which was first released on the PlayStation 3.
In-depth coverage of the ports’ gameplay quality will have to wait until they are released. For the time being, we’re optimistic. The original “Ratchet and Clank” games were classic 3D platformers that provided some of the most pure fun on the Playstation. Let’s hope they live up to our expectations on the new platform.