If you are like me you have been looking forward to Ratchet and Clank the movie and the game remaster/reboot/PS4 title that will be attached to it. Yet both have been awfully silent for a while until yesterday when a new cast was added to the film.
We were curious if this meant a delay in the film, and it seems to be the case. The film was first scheduled for “early 2015” then pushed back with an expected time of around August of this year. Turns out the film is not releasing until April 29th, 2016. All promotion material has been rebranded with the new date.
Focus Features will be handling distrubution of the film in North America.
Meanwhile Insomniac was right there with the announcement to also let us know the PS4 “re-imaging” of the first Ratchet and Clank is also delayed with a release window of “Spring 2016.” Most likely it will release the same time as the movie, probably a little before.
“The game, out Spring 2016, re-tells the origin story that ties in closely and expands upon the movie’s narrative.
“It also features several new levels along with reimagined classic locales like Metropolis, brand new weapons and completely redone visuals made possible by the power of the PlayStation 4.
Insomniac notes that they are using the extra time from the delay to further polish the game for release. Meanwhile a similar reason was used for the film, but the studio later clarified that part of the reason it was delayed was for marketing purposes. The delay was caused by a “crowded animated market” this year, along with the lack of advertising put in place so far.
The official Facebook page states: “The main one was due to a very crowded market in 2015 for animated films. If we went out this year, we would have at best 1-2 weeks in the theaters. By pushing it into April of next year, we gain another 2 weeks in the theaters, which is very important to us – and to you the fans. Waiting is hard for all of us, but this was the best decision for the film’s success. We hope you understand, and appreciate the patience and ongoing support.”
The film is still expected at Cannes Film Festival screenings for May 15-16 in 3D and is starting international test screenings soon.
With the Ratchet delay it is unclear if the Sly Cooper Movie is also going to see a delay. It is scheduled for 2016 as well, but their official pages have not been update since September 2014. It also currently doesn’t have a major distribution like Ratchet(yet), so perhaps that film rests in the hands of how well Ratchet does.