Rivet takes centre stage in the new Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart trailer

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This morning, Sony and Insomniac shared a new trailer for the upcoming Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, putting the newest Lombax, Rivet, front and centre.

Rivet’s been part of Rift Apart‘s marketing cycle since the game was first announced, but we haven’t had confirmation of her name until now. The newest trailer also showed off some new Rivet-driven gameplay footage, in what’s looking like an exciting and chaotic new adventure for Ratchet, Clank, and their newfound ally.

From a PlayStation Blog post by Marcus Smith, the game’s creative director:

Yes! We finally revealed her name… you guessed it! Right?! Rivet is a Lombax resistance fighter from another dimension, where the evil Emperor Nefarious hunts all those who oppose him. You saw brand-new locations like Nefarious City, and alternate-dimension twists on old favorites like Sargasso and Torren IV along with a sneak-peak at some new weapons and gameplay mechanics.

The song we chose for the trailer has special meaning beyond just being a great, exciting track. It is from the (Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame nominated) band DEVO, a personal favorite of mine, but, some would say more importantly, the band that the incomparable Mark Mothersbaugh co-founded. I’m excited to announce that Mark is the Composer of the Rift Apart soundtrack! Beyond his work in DEVO, you’ve likely heard his compositions across the years whether it was in the original three Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter games, as well as animated series like Rugrats, and the blockbuster film: Thor Ragnarok. We are so thrilled to be collaborating with Mark and cannot wait for you to hear the incredible score he’s come up with.

Insomniac and Sony also shared three tracks from Rift Apart‘s soundtrack on Soundcloud: “Ode to Nefarious”, “Ride Through The Omniverse”, and “Rift Apart”. And finally, the blog post gave a look at the five armour suits that come with the Digital Deluxe Edition of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart: the Imperial, Scavenger, Android, Rebel, and Hacker suits.

Rift Apart is also set to be the centrepiece of this week’s State of Play broadcast, with “more than 15 minutes of fresh gameplay” to see. The show kicks off at 9am on Friday, 30 April (NZST).

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart launches June 11, 2021 for PlayStation 5.

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