Insomniac devs say Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart is ‘the best-looking video game ever’

Two Insomniac Games employees have heralded Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as the best-looking game ever.

Principal designer Drew Murray and community director James Stevenson independently talked up the upcoming game’s visuals following the release of a new gameplay trailer (above) on Monday.

Featuring a “mix of gameplay and cinematic footage, captured on PS5”, the trailer introduced a Lombax resistance fighter called Rivet and some brand-new locations including Nefarious City, and offered a sneak peek at some new weapons and gameplay mechanics.

The trailer was released ahead of a new State of Play presentation from Sony on April 29, which will feature more than 15 minutes of fresh gameplay from Insomniac’s PS5 exclusive, “plus updates on a pair of upcoming indie titles”.

“This is the best-looking video game ever made. Period,” wrote Murray, who recently rejoined Insomniac from Xbox’s Perfect Dark studio The Initiative. “It won’t be forever, of course, but on June 11, I 100% stand behind that statement. And I say that having had literally no hand in making it, just observing with awe since I returned to @insomniacgames. #stunning”

“I’ve played through the game at home on my 77″ OLED,” Stevenson wrote. “It’s the best looking video game I’ve ever seen. The team has knocked this out of the park to create a PS5 showpiece.”

Many fans also reacted positively to the trailer, expressing excitement about the game’s visuals.

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“Looks absolutely stunning,” said The Last Ronin. “This is why we buy next gen consoles. They put Pixar to shame. Can’t wait to play it when it’s lower than £70.”

“I am so excited about this game,” said VortexKen. “It just looks so good and beautiful. June 11th can’t come any faster.”

“I don’t think I’ve seen a modern AAA game where gameplay so closely hits the same visual fidelity bar of cinematics,” wrote Scott Lowe, a games industry communications professional who has previously worked at Activision and Naughty Dog.” “The team at @insomniacgames are wizards. Wizards I say!”

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is scheduled for release on June 11, 2021. The standard version of the game costs $69.99 / £69.99 and the Digital Deluxe Edition is priced at $79.99 / £79.99.

The latter comes with the base game plus five additional armour sets which were revealed on Monday, 20 Raritanium to put towards upgrading weapons, a sticker pack to use in the franchise’s first ever photo mode, a digital artbook and a digital soundtrack.