Update 6/7/21 4:20 PM PT:
The delays ended with a big revelation about RYNO 8, a weapon during a game in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. This intermediate portal gun can summon large objects from other dimensions (read: PlayStation games) and drop them on enemies.
Ratchet: We came out of the rift with a new super weapon: RYNO 8!
Clank: It looks like this device can drop objects from other dimensions into ours. Charming. # RatchetPS5Tokeover #SunsetOverdrive @Guerrilla @SuckerPunchProd @Naughty_Dog @PlayStation pic.twitter.com/TavBdHw3oL
– Ratchet, Clank and Rivet (@insomniacgames) June 7, 2021
RYNO 8’s ability to take literal objects from other games, such as Horizon Zero Dawn’s Thunder Jaw, explains all of Insomniac’s earlier tweets, where large objects from other PlayStation Studio games appear to be teleported via Rift.
Hopefully this doesn’t disappoint any hopes for the PlayStation’s Sunset Overdrive.
The original story continues …
Sunset Overdrive is a game published by Microsoft for Xbox One and developed by Insomniac Games, a studio owned by PlayStation. This begs the question: Will Sunset Overdrive ever come to PlayStation?
Sony added Insomniac Games to its PlayStation Studios lineup in 2019 after acquiring Spider-Man developers for about $ 229 million. Since then, fans have wondered if such a purchase would allow Sunset Overdrive to hit PlayStation consoles, given that the IP is owned by Insomniac.
There is still no definite news on this front, although Sony recently registered a trademark for the game, and Insomniac creative director Marcus Smith says nothing is stopping the studio from making a sequel. But today, for the first time, PlayStation is actually writing on Twitter about Sunset Overdrive and fans are freaking out.
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 7, 2021
As you can see in the tweet above, Insomniac Games made this Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart-centered tweet that includes Fizzie from Sunset Overdrive coming through the Rift Apart portal. What’s interesting is that the official PlayStation account tweets on Twitter. Add “#PlayStationStudiosFamily” to the mix – Is Sunset Overdrive already part of the PlayStation Studios family? – and things get interesting.
There is no official word on what this means, but people are still crazy. Gene Park, a game reporter (and waifu correspondent for their Twitter account) at The Washington Post, responded to a PlayStation quote with “wait what,” to which Insomniac game designer Grant Parker responded with a smiling emoji. right?
Elsewhere, a Twitter account for the Sunset Overdrive mascot during a game called Fizzie tweeted for the first time since 2018 today, probably in response to a PlayStation tweet in which people freak out.
What the hell. Did anyone hear that?
“Physi!” (@FizzieSays) June 7, 2021
Fizzie is the character coming out of the portal, seen in the original Insomniac Games tweet. All of these tweets combine to create a storm of fans who want Sony and PlayStation to finally introduce Sunset Overdrive on PlayStation consoles, while others speculate on what all this might mean.
@PlayStation: Ports #SunsetOverdrive to # PS5 and # PS4
PlayStation Gamers: Buys the game
Easy money is yours whenever you want. Just tell me when I can pre-order the game 😉
– Fernando Sid Tio (@TheCraftOfGames) June 7, 2021
– Mike (@Lodato_) June 7, 2021
Don’t play with my emotions! 🥺 Is @SunsetOverdrive coming to @PlayStation?!?
– 🦾🤓 Optimizm Prime 🤓🦾 (@ Optimizm324) June 7, 2021
Now there is an opportunity for Insomniac to just have fun. After all, Sunset Overdrive isn’t the only game that’s part of the Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart marketing that’s happening on Twitter today. The studio made a similar Twitter joke about Sucker Punch Productions’ Sly Cooper, Guerilla’s Uncharted series Naughty Dog and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
In a dream world, all these tweets are jokes about Sunset Overdrive on PlayStation consoles, maybe a new Sly Cooper game, a PlayStation 5 update for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and a PS5 update for Horizon: Zero Dawn, but considering Rift Besides hits the PS5 this Friday, it’s all probably marketing for the game.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart hits the PS5 on June 11th. While you wait, read how the game will turn on 60FPS beam tracking mode at startup, and then check out the game’s extensive list of accessibility features. Read our latest thoughts on the game in the final review of Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart after IGN.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and creator of IGN guides. The world is ready to update the PS5 to Uncharted 4. You can follow it Twitter @LeBlancWes.