Insomniac Games just revealed new Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart gameplay on Planet Megalopolis, and it certainly looks amazing. Afterwards, Gamescon interviewed Insomniac to learn some exciting news about what's in store for our favorite Lombax and robot duo. To watch the full gameplay demo, click the video below.
The gameplay opens up with Ratchet and Clank jumping out of a portal, and back on Megalopolis. This planet is not to be confused with "Megapolis" from Ratchet and Clank Going Commando, but it could just be a name-change. Thugs-4-Less is now re-named as "Goons-4-Less," which once again is an odd change for a faction so well known. Either way, Ratchet and Clank drop straight into the action as they blast through waves of Thugs in the city.
It is here that Ratchet and Clank meet Dr Nefarious once again. Our favorite robotic super-villain is back with a re-designed model, yellow robotic eyes, and a purple body. The scar on his face is also gone, indicating that he had some improvements worked on. Still no sign of Lawrence, or Qwark, but Marcus Smith has confirmed that a lot of fan-favorite characters will be making their return.
Dr Nefarious plans to use a Dimensionator to rid the Galaxy of Ratchet and Clank once and for all, but his plans go awry as Ratchet shoots the Dimensionator, causing portals to open up across the galaxy! Clank tells Ratchet to use his new Rift Tether gadget to bring realities towards him, and fix the broken Rifts.
The gameplay features weapon leveling and even a shattering nanotech health upgrade effect, most of which is similar to previous Ratchet games. However, Ratchet now has a dodge mechanic, and can switch sides when aiming weapons, utilizing the best gameplay features of modern shooters. Overall, the gameplay is very fluid, and possible the most interactive of any RaC game.
Interestingly, a portal opens up right as Ratchet is about to stop Nefarious, and takes him to the grind-boot section from the first trailer. From here on out, the game plays almost exact as the trailer does, ending with the mysterious female Lombax, who Insomniac isn't giving any more info on at this point. It is clear that more gameplay is to come in the near future, and hopefully a look at some Clank and female Lombax gameplay.
Insomniac Games mostly talked about how the PS5 helped turn Ratchet and Clank into what it is today. There will be other dimensional gameplay segments coming in the near future. And yes: this game takes place after Into The Nexus, however it is purely a standalone game, not a direct sequel. Insomniac Games have also announced that this game is coming within the PS5's launch window, but it is uncertain if that means late 2020, or early 2021. Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart is gearing up to be one of the greatest RaC games of all time.