Coming from a background in home console gaming, it’s always so exciting to me whenever some of my favorite video game franchises cross paths with the world of mobile gaming that we know so well over here at Gamezebo. Well Insomniac Games has surprised everyone today by announcing the very first Ratchet and Clank game for mobile devices to be called Before the Nexus, Pocket Gamer is reporting. The news corresponds with the upcoming launch of Insomniac’s Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, which is said to mark a return to the loveable duo’s platforming console roots in just a few short days.

At its core, Before the Nexus can be described as an endless runner game, although the “running” aspect of the gameplay actually takes place on the winding grind rails that seasoned Ratchet and Clank veterans should know all too well from the series of console games. In a statement about the upcoming game on Sony’s official PlayStation blog, Senior Producer Greg Phillips expanded upon the endless running gameplay of Before the Nexus by saying “You can hop between grind rails while avoiding hazards to collect bolts which can be used to upgrade your weapons and armor.”

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So let’s see: we’ve got grind rails, lots and lots of bolts, and quirky R&C weapons? That sounds like an explosive and fun-filled time to me! Billed as a companion app of sorts to the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, players will even be able to transfer their precious earned Raritanium from the mobile game right into the big console adventure through the PlayStation Network, as just another added incentive to get those grind boots out and polished in your down time.

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This is certainly exciting news, as it marks the first time that a long-time Sony exclusive character will be popping up in the mobile game world, and it makes me excited to see what other kinds of “companion” games will be in store for us down the road. Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus is currently set to release on November 12, 2013 exclusively for PlayStation 3, and so it would be safe to assume that Before the Nexus will see its debut on the same day, or perhaps even sooner if we’re lucky.