The next installment of Rachet & Clank will include an unlockable character that pilots a flying saucer. The character is based on a 9-year old paralyzed kid whose family will be featured on ABC's Extreme Home Makeover. To make the story even more heartwarming, the kid's father was paralyzed in Iraq.
"We were immediately moved to do something special for the Westbrook family when we learned about their tragic situation and James' passion for video games," Insomniac Games founder and CEO Ted Price says. "For all of us at Insomniac, this opportunity to help such an amazing family with our game-making experience was a real honor. We've never inserted a member of the public into our video games, and we think it's incredibly appropriate that James will be the first gamer to enjoy that unique experience."You know, as cynical as I am, I don't for one second believe this was done for the PR push. I believe this to be an honest effort by the show's producers to find like-minded game developers to make a kid's dream come true. I feel so warm and fuzzy I'm going to completely ignore the professionally written joint press release by both companies. La la la, can't hear you. La la la!