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Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart Devs Say Game Was Made Crunch-Free

The issue of crunch in the games industry has been a controversial one for years. It has plagued almost every studio, especially those that develop high-budget AAA titles. Most recently, this applied to games like CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 and more. That is the reason why it’s always great to hear that a studio could make a good game without resorting to crunch.

According to the tweets from several game developers and employees of Insomniac Games, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was developed almost entirely crunch-free, with the exception of the occasional late nights.

Insomniac Games designer Grant Parker said:

I’d appreciate ppl sharing this positive. Because it’s important.

#RatchetPS5 is at 89 avg score & I can’t speak for anyone on the team but myself, but I didn’t crunch once. 40h weeks the whole time.

It is possible to work on a great game w/o suffering.

Insomniac Games animator Lindsay Thompson said:

I didn’t crunch once, entire production. A couple late nights here and there finishing something up, but COMPLETELY CRUNCH FREE. It is possible. Team wellness lets the creativity flow free.

Insomniac Games employee Jeff Wiedner said:

This is very true. I worked hard but never was compelled to crunch. If I put in xtra hours, it was my choice because I had something I was really xcited about & wanted it to look STELLAR. But I was actively encouraged by my leads and mgmt to keep my life in balance. And I did!

https://twitter.com/BucketAnimator/status/1402340502511312897

Sure, in retrospect, three of out the hundreds of individuals who worked on the game probably aren’t indicative of what the majority experienced during development. Still, these people came forward and decided to tweet these apparently without being compelled by anyone else to do so. If it’s true that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was made without crunch, it’s definitely something to be celebrated.

In the meantime, check out my 4000-word spoiler-free review of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart here.

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