The first trailer drops for the Ratchet & Clank movie, revealing that the film will have some significant diversions from its video game source material.
Two years after the film's first teaser trailer, the first full-length trailer for the Ratchet & Clank 2016 animated movie is now available.
The trailer, which will be attached to screenings of this weekend's Goosebumps film, details the plot of the upcoming movie, revealing some changes being made to the video game's story in the process. For example, while the Ratchet & Clank film will retain Chairman Drek as a villain, with goals very similar to what he hoped to accomplish in the first game, he will be joined by brand new villains as well.
In addition to new antagonists, new heroes are also being added to the cast. These new heroes make up the Galactic Rangers, led by the incomparable Captain Qwark, and they are hoping to recruit a new member just in time to battle Drek and his cronies.
In the film, it seems as though Captain Qwark is a legitimate hero, whereas in the original game, he is shown as extremely incompetent very early on in the plot. Ratchet, meanwhile, idolizes Qwark and happily seeks him out with Clank in hopes of joining the Galactic Rangers. By contrast, in the original game, Clank is the one seeking out Captain Qwark in hopes of recruiting him to his cause, with Ratchet getting dragged into the mix along the way.
Speaking of Clank, the trailer hints at how the meeting between the two protagonists takes place, and that also appears to be somewhat different than what happened in the first game, though this particular moment was perhaps kept purposefully vague in the trailer. Watch the Ratchet & Clank movie trailer right here, and compare it to the game:
Fans of the series should be aware that the changes coming in this movie will actually be applied to the video game franchise as well. As many know, Insomniac Games is releasing a remake of the first Ratchet & Clank game, with changes being made to specifically fit in line with the new canon built by the movie, so it will be much more than just a graphical upgrade.
Insomniac's desire to have the game line up with the film actually forced a delay to 2016 earlier this year. While that may have disappointed some fans (and certainly did no favors for the PS4's sparse lineup of exclusives this holiday season), the delay makes sense in the long run, as it lets the game and movie capitalize on their success, as well as gives Insomniac more time to polish the game.
With Insomniac involved with the development of the film, a star-studded voice cast, and a companion game that looks like it will serve as a great reboot to the Ratchet & Clank canon, the cards are certainly stacked in favor of the Ratchet & Clank movie. Between this and numerous other video game movie projects, such as the Assassin's Creed movie, including companies that actually own the IP, it looks like a golden age of video game movies could be soon upon us.
The Ratchet & Clank movie will hit theaters on April 29th, 2016.