Returning Ratchet & Clank Characters Were Hiding in the Rift Apart Reveal

Returning Ratchet & Clank Characters Were Hiding in the Rift Apart Reveal

Prepare to have a qwarktastic day in Rift Apart.

While Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is exploring new worlds, it hasn't forgotten its past. The game appeared at the PS5 reveal showcase and was one of the few games to really highlight what PS5's architecture might mean for next-gen. The major focus of the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart trailer was the dimension-hopping gameplay and the new female Lombax character, but fans have spotted hints of classic characters.

First up is Captain Qwark, a major character in the Ratchet & Clank mythos. A ship in Qwark's colors appears at 1:12 in the official trailer, as noticed by R&C fans on Reddit. Quark was once a renowned hero in the galaxy, only to be revealed as a villain working with Chairman Drek, the primary antagonist of the first game. Qwark became the primary villain of the second game in the series Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando.

In that same section of the trailer, you can also see a news report by Dallas Wanamaker and Juanita Alvaro, a pair of reporters that first appeared in Ratchet: Deadlocked. Both were the commentators for DreadZone, the gladiatorial arena that Ratchet was forced to participate in.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart uses the super-fast SSD storage on the PlayStation 5 to allows the duo to quickly and seamlessly switch between dimensions with no loading times. The trailer itself showed Ratchet switching between wholly different worlds, while the gameplay feature only showed transitions within the same level. Ratchet & Clank has eight games to draw history from, so it's possible that Rift Apart may visit the locales and characters from any of those titles. Currently it has no firm release date, but hopefully Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will come quickly after the PS5's Holiday 2020 launch.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

In other news

No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Out Now for Nintendo Switch

Travis Touchdown is really making himself at home on Nintendo's latest device.

Sony Delays PS5 Launch Title Destruction AllStars to February

On top of the delay, it'll also be launching as a free title through PlayStation Plus.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Is Heading to iOS and Android

Hopefully it'll run better at launch than the Switch version did.

Luigi is Real in Super Mario Bros. 35

Play as Luigi in Super Mario Bros. 35. (Or wear his skin, whatever.)

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.