If you’re a Vita owner that just happens to love Ratchet & Clank, then we’ve got some sad news: Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault has been delayed on the PlayStation Vita. The PS3 version will still release later this month.
The Vita version of Full Frontal Assault – which is being ported by developer Tin Giant – has been pushed back to January 2013; however, a final release date has not been given. The game was originally supposed to launch in tandem with the PS3 version next week. Insomniac Games’ James Stevenson says delay is to give fans “the action and polish you’d expect from a Ratchet & Clank game.”
Full Frontal Assault is one of the many titles to make use of the Sony’s cross-buy platform – purchase the game on PS3, get a downloadable Vita version for free. Though the two versions will now be separated by a two month gap, that promotion is still in effect, and gamers will be able to download their copies of Full Frontal Assault in January.
To make up for the delay, Insomniac and Tin Giant will be giving out the game’s first DLC pack for free. Pictured above, the costume pack comes with alternate skins from the Ratchet universe. The skins will come packed with either downloadable or retail versions of the PS3 copy (note that the Vita version of Full Frontal Assault is only available through the PlayStation Store) of the game. This also suggests that Full Frontal Assault will be supported by more DLC – a first for Insomniac, who usually keeps DLC releases to a minimum.
While delays can sometimes bring good news, it may not be the case for Full Frontal Assault, especially considering the mixed fan reaction. Fans haven’t taken too kindly to the changes in the Ratchet & Clank formula as of late. 2011’s Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One was met with mixed reception from both fans and critics, with many citing that it missed what made the previous Ratchet titles special. While Full Frontal Assault brings back a more classic Ratchet feel, it also adds in tower defense elements, and of course some fans aren’t too happy with that.
This delay may be to polish the title, but with an already wavering fanbase, it’s hard to see the Vita version performing well on its own. From the PlayStation Blog comments alone, it’s clear many fans were looking forward to playing this on Vita. If that group settles for the PS3 version, what incentive will they have to play the game a second time – aside from a double platinum trophy?
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault releases November 27th, 2012 on the PS3 and in January 2013 for Vita.
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Source: PlayStation Blog