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Eight years later, Ratchet & Clank unlocks its pre-order Bouncer weapon

Ratchet & Clank, a large purple and yellow gun.
Image: Insomniac Games

Ratchet & Clank’s pre-order weapon is finally available to all. No, not Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, we’re talking about the 2016 remake of the PlayStation-exclusive 3D platformer, the one that came out all of eight years ago. Still, good things come to those who wait, as the saying goes.

The Ratchet & Clank pre-order bonus in question is The Bouncer, a slightly silly-looking weapon that fires a bomb which, in turn, shatters into smaller bombs. It first appeared in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando and also cropped up in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal and the superb Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, as a challenge-mode unlockable. Though the only way to acquire it in 2016’s game was to pre-order the game.

It’s a little unusual for pre-order bonuses to drop this late. Usually, they’re exclusive for a few weeks, maybe a month or two at which point they’re either released for free or as chargeable content. Take Mortal Kombat 1’s Shang Tsung. He comes as a redeemable pre-order bonus with the game or can be purchased separately for Β£6.49.

So why now? Why this weapon in the first place? Developer Insomniac Games has unlocked it in celebration of the Ratchet & Clank remake’s 8th anniversary. And The Bouncer has a special place in the heart of some R&C fans, with one boasting that it “…carried me in my first playthrough of Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando!”

For years, players have been seeking a way to unlock it. Over on Reddit, they have been asking others to trade savegames, or accounts, just so they can unlock the weapon on their consoles. We half expected to see pre-order codes going for silly money on eBay, but those codes expired a few years ago.

Related: Read our Ratchet & Clank (2016) review

So, if you’ve been missing out on Ratchet & Clank’s The Bouncer, here’s your chance to get your hands on it. Head over to the PlayStation Store, do a quick search for ‘Bouncer’, and you should find it. Add it your library and, hey presto, bouncing mini-bombs are within your reach.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.