Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One release date and pre-order incentives detailed

The next iteration in the popular Ratchet & Clank series, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, will once again be exclusive to PlayStation 3 and will be released in North America on October 18, 2011

In addition to news of a release date, Sony has announced a number of pre-order incentives that will unlock a variety of extra characters for those who commit to buying the game early. Sony has teamed up with GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart to offer the pre-order incentives, with each retailer having one exclusive character to give away.

Here’s what’s on offer:

•    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.

 It’s a shame you can’t get access to all four characters by pre-ordering, but hopefully they might be made available to download at some point after launch. Which character will you choose? Decisions, decisions.