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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: Everything We Know

Ratchet & Clank is propelling into the PS5 era with a wild new dimension-hopping mechanic that takes advantage of the hardware's SSD. Here's everything we know.

Ratchet & Clank is one of Sony's longest-running series, blending classic 3D platforming with an array of wild and wacky weaponry. It also serves as a nice bit of variety in the PlayStation portfolio, complementing dark and serious games like The Last of Us and God of War with the spirit of a Saturday morning cartoon.

So it should come as no surprise that the PS5 already has a new entry in the works, called Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. But this Ratchet is also serving as a nice showpiece for the PS5, relying on a snappy dimension-hopping mechanic made possible by the new hardware's faster-loading SSD. That may be why unlike some other launch window games for PS5 like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West, it's not coming for PS4 as well.

Here's everything we know so far about Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. For more on upcoming games, check out our most anticipated games of 2021.

Release Date

As recently announced via the PlayStation Blog, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is confirmed to release on June 11. It's coming to the PS5 and a console exclusive game.

Platforms

Unlike many other games in the PS5 launch lineup, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is exclusive to the new generation. Other first-party games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and even the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West will launch on PS4.

Ratchet is PS5-only, presumably because its central hook--a dimension-hopping mechanic that loads entire new environments almost instantly--is only possible on the new console. That's because the PS5, unlike the PS4, sports a built-in NVMe SSD that results in much faster load times. Many games have benefitted from the SSD, like the lightning-quick loads in games like Spider-Man, and it even retroactively improves the load times for many older games running on PS5. But Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is built around the hardware, so it's staying only on next gen.

Trailers

Sony has made a point of showing the dimension-hopping during its PS5 presentations leading up to the launch of the console. In it, we saw Ratchet journeying through portals and his surroundings would change instantaneously. It's a flashy feature to associate with its new console, and it could have big gameplay implications as well.

The trailers have also teased a new female Lombax, who Clank finds when he's separated from Ratchet. The series has long established that Ratchet is the apparent last of the Lombaxes, and his search for others of his species has been a continuous narrative thread. It's unclear if this new character is finally another member of the Lombax family or from an alternate dimension, but that gives us some idea of what to expect from the story.

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DLC Details

So far, there have been no details on downloadable content for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Ratchet games are not known for having DLC. The most recent release, 2016's Ratchet & Clank, was essentially a retelling of the classic PS2 original. It did not include any DLC. None of that means that Insomniac couldn't approach this newest game with a fresh approach that includes DLC, but it also wouldn't be surprising if it never includes any.

Preorder Details

Currently, only digital preorders are open for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart via the PlayStation Store. There are two versions: Standard and Digital Deluxe. Getting either version will get you the Carbonox Armor and Pixelizer weapon. If you're looking to get the game physical, then don't worry--these base preorder goodies are included as a voucher.

The Digital Deluxe edition includes extra content you can only get with that specific edition of the game. It includes five more armor sets, 20 Raritanium, a sticker pack for photo mode, and a digital artbook and soundtrack. For everything you need to know about preorders, be sure to check out our Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart preorder guide.

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