Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal event wasn't super heavy on gameplay footage, but it did give us an early look at how the new hardware is being leveraged to power Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. On top of a trailer, we saw a bit of gameplay showing off the new SSD-driven dimensional rift mechanics and ray traced reflections, and later this week we'll be treated to a full, uncut version of that demo.
On Twitter, Geoff Keighley announced that Rift Apart will debut new demo footage on Thursday as part of Gamecom's Opening Night Live event, which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m ET / 11 a.m. PT. Insomniac's Community Director James Stevenson went on to specify that this will be a full play-through of the demo first glimpsed at the PS5 event in June, so while some of it will look familiar, it should be a lot easier to judge how the game's looking and running in that pre-alpha state.
If you're interested, Digital Foundry already did an analysis of Rift Apart and other ray tracing-enabled games that were shown at the June event. It's worth remembering, also, that if you only watched the trailer and gameplay as they aired live during the show, everything was limited to 1080p. Sony has since uploaded the trailer in full 4K, and hopefully it'll do the same with this week's uncut demo.
It's also worth noting that we'll be seeing more Ratchet & Clank this week even though it doesn't have a release date yet. Meanwhile, Insomniac's also working on Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which is set to launch this year and is likely going to be Sony's biggest first-party PS5 title for the holiday.
The Opening Night Live stream will be packed with lots of other reveals and announcements, including a trailer for Doom Eternal's first DLC, a new look at the next Destiny 2 expansion, and some more footage from Star Wars: Squadrons. Will the stream prove to be a big showcase for next-gen titles? Maybe, but at this point it might be equally exciting (if not more so) to learn when the PS5 and Xbox Series X are actually coming out, or what they'll be priced at.