Ratchet & Clank One Dimension Aparte launches this week on PlayStation 5. It comes out on Friday, but the reviews have been posted today, and the reception is unanimous: an outstanding game and a new benchmark for the power of PlayStation 5. As we have also told you in our analysis From Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, Insomniac Games’ game is graphically stunning, a AAA that has won over critics.
In an afternoon that Insomniac Games will always remember, in which even Phil Spencer congratulated the team, one of the developers, Grant Parker, wanted to make a point: Ratchet & Clank A Dimension Apart has had no crunch, or at least, he has never had to work overtime: 40 hour weeks all the time.
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.https://t.co/8GOzukf2sh
– Grant Parker (@GrantPDesign) June 8, 2021
Of course, he admits that he can’t speak for all the members of his team, but he has also observed that his superiors in the studio were actively working to prevent them from having to work overtime.
The term crunch, which defines working overtime to arrive on time for deliveries at all costs (frequently affecting the health of workers) has become ubiquitous, because more and more the media or the workers themselves are denounce the abusive working conditions with which they coexist, especially in large studios that work on complex games.
Very famous have been the cases like The Last of Us Part 2 or Cyberpunk 2077, game that was also delayed multiple times to reach its release date in December 2020 at all costs … even though the game was clearly not presentable.
If Parker’s case is applicable to the rest of the Insomniac Games workers, Ratchet & Clank would be an example that it is possible to launch a AAA game that is on time and meets expectations without workers having to suffer for it. Especially commendable seeing how Insomniac Games released its latest game just six months ago, the also notable one. Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales for PS5 and PS4.