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​'Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart' Gameplay Shows Off Teleporting Tech

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​'Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart' Gameplay Shows Off Teleporting Tech

I'm going to let you behind the curtain of what's happening on the gaming team at the moment. Ewan, who normally handles news, is on holiday. As is our editor Mark, and video editor James. Our boss Mike is looking after his kids (he's not, you cheeky scamp - he's editing this). And social editor Will is dealing with moving house. So, I'm left to cover the Ratchet and Clank PS5 gameplay reveal. I've never played Ratchet and Clank. I don't know which is which, but I presume Ratchet is the cat(?). I also can't tell you what's happening in the story - has the cat fought against robot dogs before? Because in the new Ratchet and Clank, he does that.

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But a story needs to be written, so gosh darn it strap in... or watch the video for yourself below:

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The big sell of the new game, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, is you can now hop through rifts to teleport between different planets. This looks pretty seamless, and is apparently down to the horsepower of the PlayStation 5, which Rift Apart is coming to around the console's release window. Its superfast hard drive lets the console load assets in lickety-split time.

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The game does look very nice - but while it may be technically very impressive, it doesn't look like something wildly next-gen. Mainly because we've had games like Portal play with our perceptions with teleporting and game space. Same with the rifts in BioShock Infinite. Of course, what we're seeing here isn't teleporting within the same environment, or rifts that offer windows into other worlds, but rifts that actually move between worlds. It's a greater technical challenge, but it may be more impressive when you're actually playing.

Are you a Ratchet and Clank fan? Does this video scratch the anthropomorphic buddy picture itch?

For more involved Ratchet & Clank analysis, check back when Ewan is back from his holiday (you know I've played these games too, right? And since you asked, Ratchet is a Lombax, obviously). I'll go back to writing about management games, my happy place.

Featured Image Credit: Insomniac Games

Topics: Insomniac Games

Julian Benson
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