E3: Ratchet & Clank Devs Meld Guns, Gadgets and Jokes in Overstrike


Insomniac Games’ Overstrike is a four-player co-op action title with super-spies, thieves, and evil organization leaders who are actually robots. This actually sounds kinda cool.

Insomniac is best known for titles like Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and the first three Spyro the Dragon games (also known as the good ones). This year at E3 2011, it debuted the cinematic trailer for its next IP, Overstrike.

As you can see in the trailer to the right, Overstrike is the story of a black-ops team tasked with fighting enemies using teamwork and super-high-tech gadgetry. Naturally, the Overstrike team – Overstrike 9, to be precise – is a collection of fringe elements who are the outcasts of the agency, because actual black ops agents are probably much more boring.

According to the Overstrike site, the Overstrike 9 team is made up of “an ex-mercenary, Interpol’s most wanted thief, a gifted young scientist and a decorated detective” – bonus points if you can identify them in the trailer – who become the only option left to save the world when a shadowy evil organization threatens to destroy it.

Yes, it’s a bit of a cliche plot, but this trailer works it well. By all appearances, this seems like it would be a fully co-op Gears of War or Left 4 Dead, only with the Ratchet & Clank series’ humor and crazy over-the-top weaponry.

Sounds good to me. Overstrike is apparently Insomniac’s new multiplatform game, and will be coming to both Xbox 360 and PS3.

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