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Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart revealed for PS5 with a multiverse twist

Everyone's favorite Lombax and his robot sidekick are back.

Sony pulled the curtain back on the PlayStation 5 Thursday night and it also gave fans a glimpse at one of the next-generation console's launch titles: Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart.

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart is developed by Insomniac Games and will be released for the PS5, though no release date was announced.

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The PS5's hour-long, online showcase included a number of next-gen announcements that will arrive during the 2020 holiday season, including the return of the Lombax and his robotic companion. It's been nearly half a decade since Sony released a Ratchet and Clank title and the franchise's 2016 animated film was a monumental flop both financially and critically. This is a chance for the series to make its next-gen comeback.

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That said, fans of the franchise still have fond memories of the Ratchet and Clank games, which mixed Mario 64-style platforming with a wide variety of powerful and wacky weapons. Exciting action and difficult puzzles made for a fun kid-friendly experience, and Insomniac kept things fresh with each new game, adding features like the ability to grind on rails and a jetpack. This new game adds the ability to move between dimensions and the option to ride on bugs.

A cinematic trailer for Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart showcased the game's new dimension-hopping feature before eventually stranding Clank in a new dimension where he meets a female Lombax who looks a bit like Ratchet but doesn't answer to that name.

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Afterward, Insomniac revealed some early pre-alpha footage of the game, showing what looked like classic Ratchet and Clank action, including some sort of freeze ray and a tool that lets Ratchet teleport to nearby locations mid-combat. The game's graphics also look impressive overall, which is no surprise for the PS5, and it should be noted that we still haven't seen anything official in-game footage for Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart.

Of course, the question remains: Will Captain Quark show up?

The next-gen installment of Ratchet and Clank was first rumored by industry expert Collin Moriarty, on a June 8 episode of his PlayStation podcast.

The PlayStation 5 features a motion sensor, ray tracing, and an ultra-high-speed solid-state drive (SSD), while the controller offers 3D audio, a headset jack, built-in microphone and integrated speaker, haptic feedback, a USB port, adaptive triggers. How Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart takes advantage of these features remains to be seen, but we can't wait to find out.

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