Insomniac Games gave players an extended, uninterrupted demo of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart at the tailend of the Gamescom Opening Night Live event.
The demo showed off a lot of the games upgraded style, with destructible environments, solid platforming and gunplay, and brief cinematic interludes with characters such as Dr. Nefarious, Ratchet, Clank, and others.
The crux of the gameplay is the dimensional rifts, which sees total chaos erupting on the levels as Ratch jumps through rifts Portal-style.
Several guns and upgrades are shown as well, from shatter bombs, the enforcer, to the brand new rift tether which allows Ratchet to swing through rifts with ease. We also see a rudimentary level up system where Ratchet and his guns gain experience, increasing their damage and range in some intense firefights with Nefarious' crew.
There are several moments in the demo which show Ratchet literally planet hopping, one moment fighting enemies ina city, the next flying through the air in an arid desert. The end of the trailer ends with Ratchet and Clank being separated through time, a mysterious female Lombax then taking the stage.
Marcus Smith, the Creative Director of Ratchet & Clank, talks about how the lightning fast dimensional shifting is allowing players to enjoy the kinetic pace without interruption. Game Director Mike Daly notes that Ratchet can lasso himself through portals throughout seamlessly, without a single load screen.
The games control scheme is also a key component of Rift Apart, with the dual set and haptics control scheme of the PS5 controller expressive fidelity that gives each weapon its own feel. Alternate functions to the weapons are also added to weapons based simply on how you pull the trigger for a shot. So slightly tugging the trigger may shoot one shot from a gun like the Enforcer, while pressing down hard on the weapon would see you unload heavily into enemies.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is scheduled for the PS5 launch window, though no official date was given by Insomniac Games at this time.