Ratchet & Clank Release Date Confirmed

The 2016 calendar is filling up nicely, and Ratchet & Clank is the latest title to be added to the list of confirmed release dates.

The dynamic duo will make their PS4 debut on April 20th — only nine days before the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Insomniac Games confirmed that pre-orders start now! The story is a new version of the origin story from the franchise and coincides with the movie, which is also due out in April. Without doubt this will be a very fun game to play but I wonder if Sony is concerned about cannibalising two console exclusives. In the meantime you can check out the extended gameplay trailer from PSX last month.

Brace yourselves, I have a very disappointing game delay to share with you all. Housemarque‘s Alienation has been pushed back until March 23rd, according to the developer on Twitter. The message was made in response to a fan who wanted to know if the March 2nd release date was accurate. Yes luckily the delay is only three weeks so not too painful… I’m sure you are all as excited as I am to play this game. Alienation — the spiritual successor to Dead Nation — delivers hordes of aliens for you to defeat using a range of weapons. If you haven’t heard of Housemarque before, they are the developer of Resogun: one of PS4’s very best games!

On a happier note Remedy Entertainment, or rather head of PR Thomas Puha, has taken to Twitter to give fans an update on their upcoming project, Quantum Break. Puha stated that the game is “so close to being done” and that the team has been working “very hard for a while now.” Hopefully Remedy will be able to keep to the current release date of April 8th, having already delayed the game out of 2015. Quantum Break is without doubt one of the biggest exclusives on Xbox One this year, and I hope that it lives up to the standard of the studio’s previous work — Alan Wake, Max Payne, Max Payne 2.

For those who remember, For Honor was one of the biggest surprises at Ubisoft‘s E3 conference last year. The swordfighting game was initally portrayed as a multiplayer-focused game, but Ubisoft has confirmed that it will indeed have single-player. In a recent video, producer Stephane Cardin said the following:

 “We said that we will have a single[-player] campaign, and I can promise you that we will have a solo campaign. It’s one of the key subjects we’re working on on the floor, I can’t wait to show stuff to you guys and we’ll do it as early as possible like we did with the multiplayer.”

This is definitely good news for a lot of gamers, myself included. For Honor definitely intrigues me, but it is the single-player experience that will determine whether or not I pick it up when it releases, hopefully later this year.

The final item today and EA has given us an update on what games will be getting an early access trial via their EA Access subscription service. First up is Unravel, which will be available too play on February 4th, then Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 on February 18th, and finally UFC 2 on March 10th. It remains to be seen how long we will get with each game, historically it has been upwards of 10 hours but I doubt that will be the case with Unravel. If you are not already a member of EA Access, I strongly recommend you consider it… at £30 a year it is a bargain!

Matt