PlayStation Exclusive Struggling on PC

PlayStation Exclusive Struggling on PC

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC Release Falls Short on Player Numbers

After its highly anticipated release on PC, the once PlayStation exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is finding itself in a bit of a pickle. Despite receiving rave reviews, it seems not every gamer has hopped on board the interdimensional adventure just yet.

When the game first hit the scene, it was an absolute blast, with its heart-thumping action and captivating storyline receiving heaps of praise. The PC port of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart followed suit, proving that not all ports are doomed to flop like a fish out of water (looking at you, The Last of Us). Sony has really been giving the PC platform some love, and it’s looking like a solid move overall. But, as the dwindling player numbers indicate, a good port doesn’t automatically mean massive sales.

The disappointing player numbers for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart seem to suggest that the game is struggling to amass a huge following on PC, with its all-time peak hitting a meager 8,757 players on release day. Sony’s strategy of waiting a few years before bringing its exclusives to PC makes sense, especially since PlayStation 5 sales have soared past the 40 million mark. With more gamers snagging the console, it’s only natural that many would opt to experience Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on the shiny new PlayStation 5. Only time will tell if this theory holds true for future PlayStation ports.


In the grand scheme of things, this makes Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart the fourth-worst launch for recent PlayStation exclusives on PC. Here’s the full rundown of PC releases and their peak player counts: – God of War (73,529) – Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (66,436) – Horizon Zero Dawn (56,557) – The Last of Us Part 1 (36,496) – Days Gone (27,450) – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (13,539) – Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (10,851) – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (8,757) – Helldivers (6,744) – Returnal (6,691) – Sackboy: A Big Adventure (610)

Considering the popularity of Ratchet & Clank, this isn’t the prettiest picture, although it’s not quite as disastrous as poor Sackboy: A Big Adventure. There could be a few reasons why PC players haven’t fully embraced the game, but the most likely culprit is the full-price tag of $59.99. Ouch.

It’ll be fascinating to see how this PC release shapes Sony’s future plans. Their previous attempt, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, belly flopped hard on PC, and as the numbers show, not every release has been a slam-dunk success. Sony won’t want to keep striking out with low-selling titles, so they might reconsider their PC port strategy if the struggles continue with future games.

So, if you’re up for some dimensional hopping and wacky weapons, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is available now on PC and PS5. Happy gaming, folks!

Source: Game World Observer, SteamDB