"Long-gone are loading screens": Ratchet & Clank devs discuss PS5's SSD, and Rift Apart

By Heidi Nicholas,
One highlight of Sony's PS5 gameplay event was Insomniac Games's announcement of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which showcased the cabilities of the PS5's SSD. A new update from Insomniac reiterates the "increased horsepower" of the PS5's SSD and how this improves their upcoming Ratchet & Clank title.

Creative director Marcus Smith explains how Insomniac has handled the Ratchet & Clank games for almost two decades, and that this game is the "culmination of all that work and effort". Rift Apart is the story of "an arch-nemesis coming to town and accidentally damaging the fabric of space time, causing dimensional rifts to erupt all throughout the world." The game's reveal was met with some amazement from fans, as it showed Ratchet and Clank jumping effortlessly from one world to another in a matter of seconds.

Smith says this "increased horsepower" of the PS5 has helped them in taking players to new worlds: "the number of objects in the world, and the things to explore, the enemies around, the effects, everything is more more more." He emphasised that this game "would not have been possible" on previous generations without the PS5's SSD, which is "screamingly fast", allowing Insomniac to "build words and project players from one place to another in near-instantaneous speeds... Long-gone are loading screens," Smith adds. All in all, it sounds as though Rift Apart will make full use of the PS5's next-gen capabilities, with 3D spatial audio and the PS5's DualSense controllers also playing their part.

Ratche & Clank: Rift Apart

No release date has yet been given, but we'll keep you updated. One thing we do know to expect from the game is that there'll be a new playable character: a female Lombax.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!