PlayStation has confirmed that Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will launch on 11th June 2021 exclusively on the PS5. The official PS5 box art has also been unveiled, showing both the titular heroes and the new unnamed Lombax resistance fighter.
By pre-ordering either the physical or digital edition of the game, players will unlock the Carbonox Armor as well as the Pixelizer Weapon.
Its Digital Deluxe Edition is confirmed to feature five armour sets, a digital art book and soundtrack, Photo Mode Sticker Pack and 20 Raritanium that can be used to upgrade your weapons.
What is Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart?
This is an ambitious new platformer from the creators of Resistance and Marvel’s Spider-Man, and the first new title in the franchise for several years being made exclusively for the PS5.
We’ve only seen a handful of gameplay and story glimpses thus far, but it already looks incredibly fun. Players can expect a handful of different playable characters, planets, weapons and gadgets to play around with, which has often been the case with past games.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart trailer – how does it look?
You can check out the debut trailer for Rift Apart below. It features a glimpse at the narrative alongside the introduction of an adorable new Lombax who is yet to receive a name. It may have something to do with these dimensional rifts are heroes are throwing themselves into, though.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date – when is it coming out?
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is confirmed to launch on 11 June 2021. You can pre-order your copy right now, which will unlock the Carbonox Armor and Pixelizer Weapon on release day.
Insomniac Games has also confirmed that Rift Apart will be a complete PS5 exclusive, likely because of how its mechanics and level design take direct advantage of the SSD.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart gameplay – What’s new?
The core gameplay found in the opening trailer retains many elements of the franchise fans will find familiar. You’ll still be roaming around large environments taking out enemies and collecting bolts, a currency that can be spent on buying new items and upgrading your wild assortment of gadgets and weapons.
However, we’ve spotted a few new additions and refinements that weren’t present in the 2016 outing. For starters, Ratchet can now dash backwards while strafing, making it easier to avoid the attacks of enemies in hectic situations. Four new weapons were also sported in the form of the Burst Pistol, Shatterbomb, Enforcer and Topiary Sprinkler. Goodness knows what that last one is capable of.
Ratchet can also use a new gadget known as a Rift Tether which pulls him towards and allows him to travel through a variety of portals. This will likely translate to far larger environments, something Insomniac Games has said is only possible with the obscene power offered by the PlayStation 5. Here’s hoping these levels are super fun to explore!
In the latter months of 2020, Insomniac Games showcased an extended gameplay demo for Rift Apart which featured a wondrous glimpse at its dimension-hopping chaos. It was simply a longer version of an existing trailer, but this alone allows us to analyse the mechanics, weapons and world that Ratchet and compant will explore later this year. Check it out for yourself above.