Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart: release date, characters, and more

Here's everything we know about Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet looks to the right, with Clank strapped to his back

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is the upcoming third-person shooting platformer game from Insomniac Games. Faced with not only another console exclusive, but also continuing a long dynasty of Ratchet and Clank games, there is a lot of pressure resting on Insomniac’s shoulders.

Expectations are high, as the portal-jumping mechanic hopes to utilise the PS5’s superior SSD to instantly load new worlds without so much as a loading screen. Whether it will be one of the best PS5 games remains to be seen, but if it lives up to everything it has promised, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will test the limits of the new-gen console.

From early trailers, we know that long-time nemesis Dr Nefarious has obtained a device known as the dimensionator. The impressive-sounding device is capable of shifting dimensions and presumably has created the rifts that will set Rift Apart apart from previous entries in the series. More details are emerging the closer we get to release, so we’ve rounded up the best trailers and most important news to answer any questions you might have about the new-gen game.

Here’s everything we know about Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date

The Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart release date is set for June 11. The game will be available on the PlayStation 5 only.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart trailer

Sony’s State of Play video unveiled 15 more minutes of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart gameplay. You can check it out here:

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However, if you want to take a closer look at just how the game plays and exactly what a rift-jumping level will look like, you can check out the extended gameplay demo that PlayStation showcased in August 2020.

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This gives you a good idea of the weapons, rifts, and a snapshot into how the early levels may pan out.

Ratchet and Clank: RIft APART PS5 Gameplay

We’ve seen a few splashes of gameplay since Rift Apart was announced, showcasing everything from combat to the instant loading of worlds through portals.

The gameplay preview below shows off the stunning new graphics and highlights a number of different gameplay mechanics.

Another trailer, in the guise of Zurkon Jr’s Almost Launch Party for the game, gives players a closer look at the weapons of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

Whether you’re into freezing, flaming, or creating mini black holes, there’s a DualSense-optimised weapon for you. You can check them all out here:

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Is Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart coming to PS4?

No. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will not come to the PlayStation 4.

Insomniac’s rather blunt tweet puts to bed any rumours about Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart coming to last-gen consoles. The game seems to have been designed with the PS5 in mind, from the titular rifts requiring significant SSD power to any use of the DualSense adaptive triggers.

If you’ve managed to get your hands on a PS5, make sure you pick up one of the best PS5 headsets to fully immerse yourself in the soundtrack by DEVO’s Mark Mothersbaugh.

New Lombax character Rivet squats, wielding a hammer

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart new character

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is introducing a new Lombax – that’s the species of animal that Ratchet is. Her name is Rivet, and she’s a resistance fighter like Ratchet from another dimension. Ratchet and Rivet are both out to take on Dr Nefarious, albeit they seem to be separated in every trailer we’ve seen so far.

We imagine they’ll meet at some point in the game (surely, right?), but the gameplay trailer focusing on Rivet shows that Ratchet has been separated from Clank, and our robotic friend seems to be teaming up with Rivet instead.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart pre-order bonuses

If you pre-order Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart at participating retailers, you’ll receive early unlocks of the Pixelizer Weapon as well as the Iron Man-esque Carbonox Armour set seen above.

However, you can also pick up the Digital Deluxe Edition, which also includes five armour sets: the Imperial, Scavenger, Android, Rebel, and Hacker suits. You’ll also get a sticker pack to use in the game’s photo mode, 20 Raritanium (that’s in-game materials), and a digital soundtrack and art book.

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That’s everything you need to know about Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. However, with more information being revealed the closer we get to the release date, make sure to keep checking back as we’ll update this page with every piece of Lombax news we find.

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