Originally revealed on June 11, 2020 (a year prior to its release date), the game will be available in a standard edition for $69.99 and a Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99.
Insomniac had said during Gamescom last summer that Rift Apart would debut in the PS5’s “launch window.” Seven months is a rather expansive window — the PS5 arrived in mid-November — but it’s possible that Sony wants to hold off on releasing one of its highest-profile PS5 exclusives until the console is more readily available for customers to buy.
In a PlayStation Blog post, Insomniac that Rift Apart is “a brand-new full-length adventure” — it appears the studio has learned its lesson from last year’s unclear announcement of the spinoff game Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Sony is offering a variety of pre-order bonuses for Rift Apart. Customers who pre-order either edition of the game can pick up the beloved Carbonox armor from Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, as well as an “early unlock” of the Pixelizer shotgun from Ratchet & Clank (2016). While it’s not entirely clear, it seems like all players will eventually be able to pick up the Pixelizer, regardless of their pre-order status. A physical Launch Edition of Rift Apart will be available at certain retailers in the U.S. and Canada; it will sell for $69.99 and will feature a voucher for the pre-order bonuses.
The Digital Deluxe Edition of Rift Apart comes with bonus Raritanium (used to upgrade weapons), five bonus armor sets, and a sticker pack for the game’s photo mode. It also includes a digital art book and a digital version of the game’s soundtrack.
Insomniac didn’t unveil any new footage in a trailer announcing the release date, but the PlayStation Blog post did come with some new information about the game.
Rift Apart’s story focuses around the ever-present Dr. Nefarious and his new invention: a machine that scans for alternate dimensions where he always wins out against the titular heroes. Via this new device, Ratchet & Clank get separated and meet the unnamed female lombax (the same race as Ratchet). The two pals will need to work with this new lombax resistance fighter to reunite across dimensions.
As for this new lombax’s name, Insomniac still won’t tell players. But it did end the blog post with what seems like a clue: “hang in there, you’ll be feeling rosy soon.” This could suggest that her name is Rose, Rosie, or something similar. Either way, fans will be able to start calling her by her real name soon, instead of just relying on “female lombax.”