Sony and Insomniac Games have been hyping the 3D high definition remastering that is the Ratchet and Clank Collection for the PlayStation 3 for some time now. The compilation of the first three Ratchet games from the PlayStation 2 era has already been released elsewhere in the world, but the North American version won't hit stores (and the PlayStation Network) until August 28. To compensate for the delay, Insomniac has been promising a special surprise of some sort. General common sense implied that a voucher for the PSN-only upgraded version of Ratchet: Deadlocked would be in the box (and some were hoping for a beta for the next new Ratchet adventure, Full Frontal Assault), but that's not the case. The PlayStation Blog explains what North Americans can expect to find as a bonus at launch:
We realize that the Ratchet & Clank Collection is arriving in North America a bit later than it did in Europe and Japan. To reward you for your patience, we’re giving you exclusive first access to the Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time demo when you purchase the Collection. If you love Ratchet, you probably love Sly, and the Ratchet & Clank Collection will let you test drive Sly’s new time-traveling adventure starting on August 28th. As an added bonus, you’ll receive a special Ratchet & Clank 10th anniversary avatar!
Say what you will about gamer entitlement, but that's a little lackluster. While I do want to play the Sly demo, it hardly seems like the kind of inclusion that merits all of the Insomniac hype. Personally, I find the better news to be that the expected $40 price tag for the Collection has been dropped to a mere $29.99. I'll take a price cut over a bonus any day! As for Deadlocked, I suppose that release will have to wait for another time.