Could Ratchet and Clank’s Rifts run easily on PS3?

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Could you do Ratchet & Clank rifs on a PlayStation 3 if you tried hard enough?

Short rift sequence from Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The YouTube channel Coding Secrets, by Traveller’s Tales founder Jon Burton, has examined Insomiac Games' claim that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is only possible thanks to the high-speed NVMe SSD storage in the PlayStation 5.

Specifically, the video examines the specific marketing claim that the gameplay is only possible on PlayStation 5 and the idea that you are travelling through rifts into other worlds and dimensions.

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a flagship PS5 title
  • Rift sequences are predetermined gameplay
  • Careful use of buffers and transition loading
  • Still uses SSD properly but it’s not mandatory

Technique: Coding Secrets explains how the rifts work and how they could be implemented on older hardware, and why it's not exactly dependent on fast storage devices.

Corridors: Most of the rift sequences could simply be loaded ahead of time since they occur at predetermined times, are relatively limited in scope, and thus the number of assets that need to be loaded in and handled in order to present them is reduced.

“Now, they could be using all kinds of Solid State Drive trickery to pull these off,” Burton says, “but because it’s just one Rift and it always goes to the same area this can easily be achieved on older hardware.” 

What song plays in the graveyard level of Moonwalker?

a) Thriller 
b) Another Part of Me
c) Beat It
d) Black and White

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Blastoise coming to Pokémon Unite

Concept art of Blastoise for Pokemon Unite

Recently launched MOBA Pokémon Unite is introducing the mighty Blastoise to its roster on September 1st, and the Pokémon Masters EX has announced its second-anniversary celebration plans.

If you're in the mood for some Pokémon-themed snuggles, you can get an exclusive Umbreon bundle at Build-a-Bear, or if you're feeling technical you could try to turn a toy PokéDex into a Nintendo DS Lite.

Pokémon 25th Anniversary

  • French artist Louane’s “Game Girl” out August 27th

Pokémon Masters EX

  • Two-year anniversary game update
    • Increased login bonus from September 1st
    • Evolution Material Area stops consuming stamina
    • Sync Orb Area also stops consuming stamina
    • Sync Pair level cap increased to 140
    • Main Story arc called “Villain Arc” begins
  • Master Sync Pair Scouts on September 7th
    • Lillie & Lunala Anniversary 2021
    • N & Reshiram Anniversary 2021
    • Steven & Rayquaza Anniversary 2021

Pokémon Sword & Shield

  • Mythical Melee online competition between September 10th and 12th
    • Registration open until September 9th
    • Single Battle with Legendary or Mythical only

Pokémon Unite

  • Blastoise added to roster September 1st

Let your fists do the talking in delightfully brutal Midnight Fight Express

Pre-alpha shot of Midnight Fight Express combat

Humble Games just announced Midnight Fight Express at Gamescom 2021, a fast-paced combat brawler where you reduce everyone you meet to a bloody pulp using a range of melee and ranged weaponry. After you have softened up your tender opposition, you can finish them off in spectacular fashion with brutal finishers and environmental kills.

Your fighter: Midnight Fight Express' animations are all motion captured, and you can fully customize your fighter's appearance, skills, and fighting style. Humble Games also promise an “amazing soundtrack”.

Out next year: “Fight your way across the city in a brutal romp that mixes old school brawlers and fast-paced motion-captured combat,” according to the Steam page. Scheduled for launch next summer for PC and consoles.

More publisher sales at Humble Bundle

Publisher sales banners from Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is keeping the good sales time rolling with yet more publisher-wide discounts and we’ve got another three for your attention. There’s the Capcom Sale with as much as 80% off.

Then there’s the Deep Silver Sale joining in with some big franchises up to 80% off too, and thirdly the Focus Home Interactive Sale also taking some big 80% chunks outta the price tag!

What song plays in the graveyard level of Moonwalker?

Michael Jackson dances with some zombies. As you do.

ANSWER: Another Part of Me!

I know what you’re thinking; It’s a level where you play as Michael Jackson fighting zombies in a cemetery. Surely it’s playing Thriller while this happens, right? You’d be wrong! Rather than the obvious choice, “Another Part of Me” plays during the level. Because when you think of zombies, you think of the song from Captain EO.

Why the change? While nothing has been confirmed, one theory regarding this is the writing credits for Thriller. While the rest of Moonwalker’s soundtrack was written by Michael Jackson, Thriller was written by songwriter Rod Temperton. The theory goes that the song was instead changed to Another Part of Me so they didn’t have to pay royalties to Temperton.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!