- Speculations regarding Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart being the next PC port are surfacing, following the job listings of Nixxes Software.
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was a phenomenal addition to the exclusives of PlayStation 5, as it showcased the potential of next-gen consoles.
- Though highly popular, the game receiving a PC port before other more gigantic releases makes us hopeful for more forsaken exclusives making a return.
A recent job posting for Nixxes Software has fans speculating that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart might be the next PlayStation exclusive to land on PC. Sony’s intentions to port first-party titles to PC met with good reception and many more PlayStation exclusives were leaked to be arriving on PC. The fact that Nixxes helped port another Insomniac game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, is a reinforcing sign for this assumption.
In the past, we’ve seen PC ports of some of PlayStation’s biggest releases, like God of War, Spider-Man, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Among PlayStation’s towering exclusives, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a comparatively lesser-known title. If there is a likelihood of it getting a PC port, it is a good sign for more obscure PlayStation exclusives that definitely deserve the recognition.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s Mind-Blowing Presentation
Even though Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart didn’t reach the heights of some other exclusives, it was considered quite popular and well-received on release, and for valid reasons. One of the starting exclusives for PlayStation 5, the game served to demonstrate the hardware and technical capabilities of the new console and the DualSense controller.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is still considered a visual marvel, and one of the best-looking games on the PlayStation 5. Insomniac games took the wacky and cartoonish style of the series and polished it to new heights. The goofy world of Ratchet & Clank has never looked better as ray tracing breathes new life into the phenomenal world. The game truly showcases the next-gen prowess.
Not just limited to stunning visuals, the game brings an interesting story to the table. The beloved duo of Ratchet and Clank returns, and now we have a brand new duo in the form of Rivet and kit. The depiction of Rivet, the alternate self of Ratchet, as a kind of reflection of his, brings an interesting and thought-provoking dynamic to the overlying plot.
The gameplay also sees fresh additions, while retaining the beloved core formula. Your arsenal of chaotic and fun weapons is further expanded as new instant favorites are included like Mr. Fungi, your personal crowd-control fungus buddy, and Topiary Sprinkler to turn anyone foolish enough to cross your path into a harmless plant. That will never not be amusing.
The new dodge mechanic brings a lot more depth to the combat, as you can effectively dodge incoming attacks with well-timed dodges, or incorporate it into your offensive tactics to mix up combos and variations. In fact, the game encourages you to constantly switch between your weapons and adjust your tactics as it pits you against different types of enemies at a time.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s ingenious addition of the Rift mechanic, as the name implies, is a highlight of the game. The scattered rifts across the worlds not only facilitate battles and loot collection but the rapid phasing also demonstrates the SSD’s capabilities. Not only is the quick and flashy shift satisfying to look at, but the DualSense‘s haptic feedback also provides exceptional immersion.
With the speculations of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s PC port floating around, I’ll be happy if they turn out to be true as the game is truly mind-blowing. It is indeed sorrowful that a Bloodborne port is nowhere to be seen, but the porting of Ratchet & Clank Rift might pave the way for some lesser-known exclusives to make a return and be known to a wider audience.
The Possible Revival Of Praiseworthy Exclusives
Although Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was an important and successful release for PS5, and I do not mean to imply the game is unpopular, it is still comparatively lesser known when placed against Sony’s other demanded exclusives like Ghost of Tsushima. Therefore, the game receiving a PC port is a perfect opportunity for Sony to bring forth other exclusives that were once widely known and praised, but are nowhere to be seen now.
And since we’re on the topic of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, what other way to initiate this than to revive the classic Ratchet & Clank games that amused fans in the PS2 era? Long-time fans of the series will be overjoyed as the games will become a lot more accessible on PC. The ports of revolutionary games that introduced the duo we’ve grown to love will surely be appreciated.
Moreover, we have the beloved, goofy adventures of Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter, reminiscent of Ratchet & Clank in many ways that deserve recognition. The success of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s PC port could ease the way for these classics. Fans have continued to demand a continuation or at least PC ports for these franchises, and their popularity is evident by the fact that fans took it upon themselves to successfully port Jak and Daxter.
Another highly desirable PC port and a criminally overlooked series is Gravity Rush, Team Gravity’s exceptional application of a gravity-bending concept to a beautiful world. Team Gravity was a part of Japan Studio, and since Sony shut down its oldest first-party studio, the odds for a continuation of the series are quite low. All the more reason to release a PC port so that a wider audience can experience these phenomenal games.
The continuous demand for a PC port of Gravity Rush is in part due to the series creator showing enthusiasm for a PC release so that the games can be available for more gamers that desire them. And considering the demand continues to soar, a PC port of these games is bound to be successful. Sony can not only preserve the legacy of the beloved games but also grant the wishes of gamers so eagerly awaiting.
Exactly 5 years ago today, Gravity Rush 2 was released on PS4! It's my sincere hope that @PlayStation won't forget about this wonderful game and its predecessor. With more and more PlayStation games being ported to PC, why not give Gravity Rush a chance as well? #gravityrush2 pic.twitter.com/wILk0Xkyyd
— Gravity Rush Central (@GravRushCentral) January 18, 2022
Speaking of once monumental games, Sony should take this opportunity to consider bringing the Infamous series to PC. Sucker Punch’s unique take on the superhero genre with an interactive open world and karma mechanic makes for an excellent game. The older games are sadly stuck on the PS3, not too accessible for many modern-day gamers other than emulation, which people still opt for, to experience these gems however possible.
Infamous Second Son brought this concept to a modern setting, where you felt like a true powerhouse controlling the flow of battle however you wish. Either be a savior and suppress the overflowing corruption of those in power or be a total menace and annihilate everything in your wake. And all this was carried out in a truly brilliant and awe-inspiring world where you never get bored watching the visual spectacle of your powers.
After Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Sony has a lot of exceptional titles just waiting to be recognized and praised once again if handled with expertise. The speculation of a comparatively lesser-known title receiving a PC port before the more massive releases goes to show that one day we might see these beloved gems resurface once again. We can only hope the ports if done are properly handled to ensure their legacy is not tainted.
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