Aside from a much-loved series of games, Ratchet & Clank has spawned manga, comics, books, toys and even a feature film. One thing it hasn’t produced is a television series, that’s why the sudden and silent appearance of a 23-minute TV short, Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie, has confused many people. Available on Canadian TV and movie service Crave, the short film appears to be a prequel to the upcoming PS5 game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as PlayStation Original. Ratchet & Clank: Life of Pie requires a Crave subscription to watch and is not yet available to watch elsewhere. It is unclear whether the short will receive a wider release than those subscribing to Crave.
Life of Pie tells how the duo Dr. Nefarious’ discovers Portalizer while on an errand to get pizza. To prevent him from taking over the multiverse, the couple decides to steal the inventor’s interdimensional portal device and lock it up in a weapons museum where it’s safe. They are interrupted by Captain Qwark, who uses the weapon to create a deliberate horde of pizza topping invading Galactic City. Now Ratchet and Clank must defeat the crowd and stop anyone from using the weapon to do more damage.
The short film is directed by Mike Alcock and Craig George of Mainframe Studios, known for their work on Spy Kids: Mission Critical. George has confirmed Life of Pie is a one-off special that serves as a precursor to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which will be released in June. As such, the actors who portrayed the characters in the game are all here too, including James Arnold Taylor as Ratchet, David Kaye as Clank, Armin Shimerman as Dr. Nefarious and Jim Ward as Captain Qwark.
Rift Apart is a self-contained story for which players need not have seen the prequel short, nor played any of the other games in the franchise. Those playing the game with previous experience with the franchise will recognize familiar environments as well as “deeper connections” to previous titles. Rift Apart will be released on June 11th Life of Pie is now available to Crave subscribers. We will let you know if the short is more widely distributed in the future.