We first heard back in May that the fourth Ratchet title for the Sony PlayStation 2, Deadlocked, was due to be updated for the PlayStation 3 in the same style the first three Ratchet PS2 titles. Smart money was on the updated title showing up as a preorder bonus for the recently released Ratchet and Clank Collection, but in the end that was not meant to be (the bonus that we did end up with — early access to the demo for next year's Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time — seems to be making the best of a bad situation). Internet gossip pegs a lack of time and/or a difficult development period as the culprits, and in fact while the game was announced for Japan, Sony's American interests remained as silent as possible on the whole matter. Now comes official word that Deadlocked is on the way to the PlayStation Network from Insomniac Games and Idol Minds (the same team responsible for the Collection, incidentally). Here's IGN:
Ratchet: Deadlocked is coming to PlayStation 3 later this year. Announced at PAX today, Deadlocked will arrive on PlayStation Network in HD as a download and will include reworked online multiplayer.
Ratchet: Deadlocked was originally released in 2005 and focuses on battle as opposed to the platforming elements of earlier Ratchet & Clank games. Sony hasn’t provided specific details about pricing, release date or new features, but we’ve reached out for more information and will update this story when we hear back.
Chances are this release will show up on the PlayStation Store for $15 just as the other three classic Ratchet titles. It's a shame that the game wasn't ready by the time the Collection released, as Deadlocked has always stood apart from the original Ratchet trilogy thanks to its departure from traditional Ratchet style and this would have been a nice opportunity to bring it home, but I'm just glad to see the game turn up again at all. Considering how quiet everyone involved with its development has been lately, I was starting to wonder if the project had been canceled. It's great to hear that it will turn up after all at some point.