RatchetandClank.com is the official website for the Ratchet & Clank series. It originally used to redirect to a variety of sub-sites on the PlayStation Network with each game but after the release of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction the site had its own content. In 2011 a site update transformed the site into a Ratchet & Clank site with news feeds and information about previous games in the series. The site has since remained as a page for news feeds and media related to new Ratchet & Clank releases. In August 2013 the site was redirected to the US PlayStation websites' Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus page.
Currently the site is focused on the release of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and Ratchet & Clank Collection with a similarly themed background. The site front page features a video and shopping navigation system to find websites that sell The Ratchet & Clank Collection. It also has a news feed, promo feed (with links to a Ratchet & Clank Amazon.com page), a interactive games list, a PlayStation Twitter account feed and a link to a selection of wiki articles. Facebook and Twiter sharing buttons are also on the website's front page. A variety of sub-sections can be accessed through a navigation bar at the top of the site.
The games section of the site provides information on most of the Ratchet & Clank games and an "About Ratchet & Clank" summary. The following games are available:
- All 4 One
- A Crack in Time
- Quest for Booty
- Secret Agent Clank
- Tools of Destruction
- Size Matters
- Up Your Arsenal
- Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
- Ratchet & Clank
The news section provides a feed and archive of Ratchet & Clank news from the PlayStation blogs. Twitter and Facebook sharing links also exist for the news items.
The downloads section has several wallpapers available, most of which are related to Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time and a some are based on Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. There are also several similarly themed chat icons and four Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One fan kits.
The forums section links to the Ratchet & Clank Metropolis General forums at the PlayStation Community Forums.
By filling out a registration form for Ratchet & Clank updates a promotional code is given out to download four PlayStation Home virtual hats, four PlayStation Network avatars and a static theme via the PlayStation Store.
In 2002 RatchetandClank.com acted as an official website for the Ratchet & Clank game providing users with access to a Challenge Clank mini-game. For European visitors it first redirected them to a language portal with access to ratchetandclankgadgets.com.
In late 2003, in time for the release of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, the site was updated to include content relating to the sequel. For American users the site now redirected to the US PlayStation website and to a Ratchet & Clank sub-section. A link to the Insomniac Games website was also added above the footer.
For the majority of 2004 the remained as a redirect for content about Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. However, towards the end of the year the site was updated again to redirect to a PlayStation sub-site about Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. The site's frontpage featured three television adverts available to watch online, a series of gameplay videos (including one for online gameplay) and screenshots. The site also included a series of sub-sections with information about the Q-Force, weapons, gadgets, Worlds, and Multiplayer.
In early 2007 the website was again updated to show the release of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters and link to a sub-site specifically for the game. Later in the year RatchetandClank.com stopped redirecting and a language portal was added linking to content including information on the then upcoming Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
By November 2009 the site received an update to the language portal background to show the announcement of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. The site itself was updated to include a Race Through Time mini-game and links to purchase Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. The site's content was updated to reflect Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
Closer to the release date of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One the site received another update, restyling a lot of the content. The site was transformed into a hub for news, merchandise and limited downloadable content such as desktop images and fan kits. Part of this included a front page video, news feed, promotional link, Ratchet & Clank Wiki article feed and a Twitter feed. It also offered information on previous games in the series.
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Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 RatchetandClank.com retrieved 24 November 2002 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 25 July 2011 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 RatchetandClank.com - retrieved October 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 RatchetandClank.com redirects to "Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus - game" on PlayStation 04/008/2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 RatchetandClank.com redirect target www.us.playstation.com Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando sub-page retrieved 17 August 2004 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 RatchetandClank.com redirect target www.us.playstation.com Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal sub-page retrieved 24 November 2005 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ RatchetandClank.com redirect target www.us.playstation.com Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal sub-page retrieved 9 May 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ PlayStation.com Size Matters link from Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - retrieved 9 May 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ PlayStation.com Size Matters sub-page retrieved 9 May 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 11 November 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 31 August 2010 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 3 February 2010 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
- ↑ A screenshot of the error from RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 19 November 2012
- ↑ RatchetandClank.com