It’s almost time. Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart goes live in mere hours. The first major AAA PS5 exclusive from one of Sony’s studios is almost upon us.
Sure, the Demon’s Souls remake is awesome in every way, but it’s a remake of a PS3 title. And Returnal is a fantastic game, but it’s from a non-Sony studio. And those are the only two true PS5 exclusives at this point.
Rift Apart represents the first major PS5-only release to come to the console since its November 2020 release. Here’s what you need to know before it launches.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Release Time
The game launches on June 11th, 2021. That’s this Friday. But it officially releases at 12 am ET so if you’ve pre-ordered the game digitally you can fire it up then. That means 9pm PT for anyone on the West Coast.
However, when I went and checked my copy of the game, the countdown timer showed just 5 hours and 20 minutes (or so) until I could start playing. That puts the release time at 8pm PT or 11pm ET. I’m not sure if something is off on my system or if this means the game is coming out an hour early. Best to check back at 8pm PT / 11pm ET just to make sure!
If you 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 early.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart File Size
As far as next-gen (or current-gen) games go, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart actually isn’t that huge. That’s a good thing since the PS5 has such a ridiculously tiny SSD, with under 700GB of storage space for game installs.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is just 33GB or so, meaning it will only take up a small amount of disc space. Nothing compared to the 100+ gigs required for Call Of Duty and other major releases.
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Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Preload
If you preordered or purchase this game digitally it should automatically download before launch. My copy is downloaded, for instance, and I didn’t have to do anything. Make sure your settings are correct and yours should as well, so long as your tiny little PS5 drive isn’t already full. This means you can start playing at 8pm PT sharp (or 9pm if my countdown timer is wrong).
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Reviews
Right now, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is holding down a perfectly respectable 89/100 on Metacritic. On OpenCritic it’s getting an 88/100 with 97% of critics recommending the game. I’m honestly surprised it’s that low. Who isn’t recommending it I wonder? Even the lower-scored reviews I’ve seen recommend the game.
It looks like a few sites are giving the game an “average” score of 7/10 which is a bit worrisome, but over 100 critics have reviews penned for the game already. The WaPo’s Gene Park says it’s the best Sony exclusive since Bloodborne which is high praise indeed.
We, of course, did not receive a review copy because Sony has inexplicably blacklisted us and refuses to tell us why or communicate with us at all, which I find both rude and super unhelpful. Nonetheless, I still love and enjoy many PlayStation exclusives and I’ve pre-ordered this one so I can play and review it as well, review code or no.
I’ll fire up the game as soon as it goes live tonight and report back with my impressions soon. Stay tuned and have a great time playing!
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