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The US RatchetandClank.com front page until August 2013

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.[1][2] In 2011 a site update transformed the site into a Ratchet & Clank site with news feeds and information about previous games in the series.[2] The site has since remained as a page for news feeds and media related to new Ratchet & Clank releases.[3] In August 2013 the site was redirected to the US PlayStation websites' Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus page.[4]

Current website

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.[3] 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.[3]

Games

R&Cdotcom november 2012 Games page

The games page

The games section of the site provides information on most of the Ratchet & Clank games and an "About Ratchet & Clank" summary.[3] The following games are available:

Characters

The characters section features information on Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious with links to Ratchet & Clank wiki articles in each description.[3]

News

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.[3]

Media

The media section provides four videos, a selection of screenshots and several pieces of concept art for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.[3]

Downloads

R&Cdotcom downloads page November 2012

The downloads page

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.[3]

Forums

The forums section links to the Ratchet & Clank Metropolis General forums at the PlayStation Community Forums.[3]

Merchandise

The merchandise sections links to a variety of shopping websites where merchandise can be purchased from. The merchandise is Ratchet & Clank Future saga saga related.[3]

Register

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.[3]

Website history

2002

In 2002 RatchetandClank.com acted as an official website for the Ratchet & Clank (2002 game) 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.[1]

2003

In late 2003, in time for the release of Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, the site was updated to include content relating to the sequel.[5] 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.[5]

2004

For the majority of 2004 the remained as a redirect for content about Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando.[5] 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.[6] The site's frontpage featured three television adverts available to watch online, a series of gameplay videos (including one for online gameplay) and screenshots.[6] The site also included a series of sub-sections with information about the Q-Force, weapons, gadgets, Worlds, and Multiplayer.[6]

2007

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RatchetandClank.com old disambiguation home page

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.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

2009

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RatchetandClank.com in February 2009

By November 2009 the site received an update to the language portal background to show the announcement of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.[11] 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.[12]

2011

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RatchetandClank.com in 2012

Closer to the release date of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One the site received another update, restyling a lot of the content.[2] 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.[2]

2013

In August 2013 RatchetandClank.com redirected to the US PlayStation websites' Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus page.[4]

Behind the scenes

In the drop-down games menu,Secret Agent Clank was mispelt as "Secret Agent Clankk."[13] This was corrected in 2012.[14]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 RatchetandClank.com retrieved 24 November 2002 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 25 July 2011 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  3. 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. 4.0 4.1 RatchetandClank.com redirects to "Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus - game" on PlayStation 04/008/2013
  5. 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. 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)
  7. 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)
  8. PlayStation.com Size Matters link from Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal - retrieved 9 May 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  9. PlayStation.com Size Matters sub-page retrieved 9 May 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  10. RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 11 November 2007 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  11. RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 31 August 2010 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  12. RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 3 February 2010 (backup link at the Internet Archive)
  13. A screenshot of the error from RatchetandClank.com - retrieved 19 November 2012
  14. RatchetandClank.com

See also

External links

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