Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart Shows Rivet in Action
We got a fresh look at Ratchet & Clank’s gameplay during today’s PlayStation State of Play stream, with Insomniac releasing 15 minutes of commentary featuring a glimpse at its traversal mechanics, boss fights, and of course, Rivet.
The presentation gave us a glimpse of what it’s like to play as the brand new Lombax, who finally received a name earlier this week. It features footage of Rivet battling bug enemies with an energy pistol, with Clank strapped to her back. At one point she hops into a dimensional pocket, where she rides a Speetle across crates and ramps.
Traversal will be a big point of emphasis in Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart, Insomniac says. Apart from riding Speetles, it will be possible to evade, wall run, and dash. The traversal drew comparisons to Sunset Overdrive on Twitter, another Insomniac joint released at the beginning of the previous generation.
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As previously revealed, Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart will also take advantage of PS5’s complete feature set. That includes taking advantage of the DualSense’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, as well as the SSD. In the course of a boss battle against a Nefarious Juggernaut, Ratchet beams to not just another arena, but another world — a moment made possible by the PS5’s SSD hard drive.
Beyond that, Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart will feature special armor, pocket dimensions to explore, a “slew” of accessibility features, open areas to explore, and of course, a photo mode. There will also be plenty of collectibles to find, so be ready.
Ultimately, none of what was shown was particularly new, but it did provide us with a really nice look at what should be another excellent exclusive for PS5. Call it a victory lap after the positive reception afforded Returnal.
Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart was one of the first major PS5 exclusives revealed for the platform. The reveal included our first glimpse of a playable female Lombax, who we now know is Rivet, and the promise of modes support 4K and 60fps. Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart is out June 11.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN.