07 Dec 2015 12:31 AM +00:00 UTC

New Ratchet & Clank Demo Reveals How the Companions Met

For years, Ratchet & Clank has been a beloved sci-fi platformer series on PlayStation consoles. In 2016, a Ratchet & Clank animated feature film will be released, as well as a PS4 game tie-in. During the PlayStation Experience keynote, a live demo showcased some of the new gameplay, as well as a beautifully animated cutscene revealing how the Space Ranger and his robotic sidekick met – through Clank's accidental crash landing on Ratchet's planet. This demo was uploaded to PlayStation's official Youtube channel.

The new demo features some truly awesome CGI and environmental artwork. Having played the original Ratchet & Clank trilogy on PS2, it was nostalgic to get to see how the famous duo first met, even though Ratchet's character design is notably different from the previous games in the series. Still, the gameplay in the new Ratchet & Clank is clearly a tribute to the original game, with goofy weapons like the “Groovitron,” which shoots disco balls, forcing enemies to stop what they are doing and dance. You can see it for yourself in the demo below.

Ratchet & Clank comes out for PS4 on April 12, 2016.