Rift Apart Writer Claims Rivet is Canonically a Lesbian

A writer who worked on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and helped create the character Rivet claims she is “canonically a lesbian.”

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart introduced a number of new characters to the popular platformer franchise, including breakout star Rivet. An alternate universe version of Ratchet, Rivet has been embraced by the community, with praise for his characterization and Jennifer Hale’s performance. Rivet only appeared in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart so far, for all fans to know about him, this is what was shown in the game. However, one of the game’s writers has since sent out a tweet revealing an interesting new detail about Rivet.


According to Sam Maggs, who was one of the main editors of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and said to be largely responsible for character development, Rivet is “canonically a lesbian”. This tweet has racked up over 2,600 likes so far and has garnered various reactions from the community. Some fans are embracing this new information, while others are resisting it. It’s not something that has really been explored in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart itself, so if it’s accurate, it’ll be interesting to see if it’s a concept that will be explored in a future game.

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Maggs is no longer with Insomniac Games, so it’s possible that this aspect of Rivet’s personality won’t be followed in future titles. However, it would not be the first time that the Ratchet & Clank The series featured romantic subplots. As some might recall, Ratchet has had multiple love interests over the course of the franchise, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for Rivet to have one as well at some point.

This revelation about Rivet’s character came as Maggs pointed out that she was not mentioned during lead designer Mark Stuart’s GDC talk on the creation of Rivet. During the GDC conference, Stuart explained how Rivet was originally going to be called Ratchette, with the other names thought to be Ratchet and Gadget before the team finally settled on Rivet. Apparently Maggs is the one who pointed out that the character shouldn’t be called “Ratchette” in the first place and also came up with the name Gadget. Maggs said she worked on the game for almost a year and a half and created Rivet’s personality “from scratch”.

It’s clear from her statements that Maggs doesn’t feel like she was properly credited for her work on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. After the players beat Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and watch the credits, they’ll see her name is in a long list of other people in the ‘Special Thanks’ section despite how long she worked on the game. Maggs described the situation as a ‘misogynistic erasure’ and pointed out that this is another example of game developers not being properly credited for their work after leaving a company.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is available now, exclusively for PlayStation 5.

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Source: IGN

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