Clamoring for new Ratchet & Clank news? Sony dropped a bomb today with news that the Insomniac developed platformer will land on store shelves for the PlayStation 3 on October 18. Don’t know who Ratchet & Clank are? Well, let’s just say they’re like the unofficial mascot for Sony’s platform games. Think Super Mario, but without the little plumber.

For the first time ever in a Ratchet & Clank game, players will be able to enjoy on and off-line co-op multiplayer as either Ratchet, Clank, Qwark or Dr. Nefarious. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will also be 3D-compatible, as many of Sony’s new games are nowadays.

In addition to providing a release date, Sony’s also partnering up with GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart for special pre-order items that can be unlocked in the game. So, before you pre-order your copy, make sure you get the lowdown on what free unlockable item you’ll get from each retail. All four are different, so pick wisely. Read on for the details on the pre-order items.

And here’s what you’ll get from each retail:

  • Mr. Zurkon (GameStop): Asmall, hovering synthenoid, Mr. Zurkon aids your team in battle by attacking enemies with his mounted laser while insulting and taunting them with his comedy-insult logic processor.
  • T-Rex Morph Mod (Amazon):Turning enemies into farmyard animals not your style? Want a more prehistoric take on the Morph-O-Ray?  Use this T-Rex Morph Weapon Mod to transform your enemies from dangerous threats into a baby dinosaur.
  • Pyro Blaster Unlock (Best Buy): Fry your enemies up with this Kerchu-engineered flamethrower that offers your enemies two choices: regular or extra crispy!
  • Sheepinator Mod (Wal-Mart):The classic version of everyone’s favorite Ratchet & Clank weapon is back!  Unlock the Sheepinator Morph Weapon Mod to transform even the fiercest aliens in the galaxy into harmless sheep.

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