It is almost time. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will live in a few hours. The first major AAA PS5 exclusive from one of Sony’s studios is almost upon us.
Of course, the Demon souls The remake is great in every way, but it’s a remake of a PS3 title. And Return is a fantastic game, but it comes from a studio other than Sony. And those are the only two true PS5 exclusives at this point.
Rift apart represents the first major PS5-only version to arrive on the console since its release in November 2020. Here’s what you need to know ahead of its launch.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Release time
The game will launch on June 11, 2021. It’s this Friday. But it officially releases at 12 p.m. ET, so if you’ve pre-ordered the game digitally, you can launch it then. That means 9 p.m. PT for anyone on the West Coast.
However, when I went to check my copy of the game, the countdown only showed 5 hours and 20 minutes (approximately) until I could start playing. This sets the check-out time to 8 p.m. PT or 11 p.m. ET. I don’t know if something is wrong with my system or if it means the game is released an hour earlier. Best to check in at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET just to be sure!
If you’ve ordered a physical copy of the game, you’ll have to wait until it arrives tomorrow, unless you’re charmed and Lady Luck sends your copy sooner.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart File size
When it comes to next-gen (or current-gen) games, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is actually not that huge. That’s a good thing since the PS5 has such a ridiculously small SSD, with less than 700GB of storage space for gaming installations.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is only about 33 GB, which means it will only take up little disk space. Nothing compared to the 100+ gigs required for Call of Duty and other major versions.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Preload
If you pre-ordered or purchased this game digitally, it should automatically download before launch. My copy is downloaded, for example, and I have nothing to do. Make sure your settings are correct and yours should too, as long as your tiny PS5 drive isn’t already full. This means you can start playing at 8 p.m. sharp (or 9 p.m. if my countdown is wrong).
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Comments
At present, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart holds a perfectly respectable 89/100 on Metacritic. On OpenCritic it scores 88/100 with 97% of reviewers recommending the game. I’m honestly surprised it’s that low. Who doesn’t recommend it I wonder? Even the lowest rated reviews I’ve seen recommend the game.
It appears that a few sites give the game an “average” rating of 7/10, which is a bit worrying, but over 100 reviewers have already written reviews for the game. WaPo’s Gene Park says it’s the best Sony exclusive since Transmitted by blood which is really praise.
Of course, we didn’t receive a review copy because Sony inexplicably blacklisted us and refuses to tell us why or communicate with us at all, which I find both rude and super unnecessary. Nonetheless, I still love and enjoy a lot of PlayStation exclusives and I pre-ordered this one so that I can play and review it as well, review the code or not.
I will be launching the game as soon as it goes live tonight and will be reporting on my thoughts soon. Stay tuned and have fun!
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