There is no doubt that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is a beautiful game, but the photo mode can take it to a whole new level. In addition to breaking down the photo mode features, the developers also gave tips to make your photos look even better. Sony has also uploaded a new trailer showing off the capabilities of the photo mode, which you can enjoy later in the article.
Developer Insomniac Studios states that if you’ve used the photo modes of their previous games before, “you’ll feel right at home”. It is almost identical to the photo mode in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The mode shows a variety of options to choose from, such as a field of view, focus distances, filters and frames. A new addition, however, are character attitudes. These include standard ones available from the start of the game, as well as “weapon-specific” poses that players can unlock after purchasing a new weapon in-game. Like real-life photography, Senior Content Artist Shaun Besman mentions that the “rule of thirds” is very important:
The rule of thirds is your friend! Imagine if your screen was evenly spaced, 2 lines down, 2 lines across, forming 9 squares. Where the grid lines intersect, that’s a great position to have the face of our hero or dreaded enemy!
Players can combine these with facial expressions to give your photos a unique presentation. However, if you want to take it a step further, Insomniac has also added a visual effects mode. It allows you to toggle effects on and off and add animated effects to your recordings. You can then turn these into gifs or videos to give your presentations a little more life.
And last but not least, ray tracing really grabs its attention when it comes to the photo mode lighting system, which allows players to add and place light sources wherever they want in the scene. You can add up to three different light sources, from wider-reaching bulbs to more precise spots, to give your photos that little bit extra uncle. Senior Content Artist Justin West agrees and advises:
Make sure to take advantage of light when shooting images in photo mode. Lights help you make your subject stand out from the background and can add more depth and dimension to your images.
To get a better idea of how these features work together in the game, check out the official Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Below is the Photo Mode trailer:
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is now available exclusively on PS5.