To celebrate the release of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the boys from Fairbairn Films have teamed up with PlayStation to put their unique, comedic spin on the game’s arsenal of weaponry.
In the video, the brothers/comedy duo muck around with the rifts and weaponry featured in the PlayStation-exclusive title, in a bigger budget production than they’re used to producing from their home in country South Australia.
Lachie Fairbairn, whose personal favourite Ratchet & Clank gun is the Sheepinator, travelled to Sydney to produce the video in what “was probably like the most high production set we’ve got to date.”
“We usually just make it up as we go and don’t put all that much thought in,” said Lachie when he caught up with Press Start.
“I think our fans will really love it. I think most of the comments will be like, ‘Fairbarin’s got budget? How the hell did they get this?!'”
Avid fans of the Ratchet & Clank franchise themselves, this is a dream project for the pair from Fairbairn Films who have clocked up 1.55 million subscribers on YouTube. “I remember my older brother got Ratchet & Clank 2 for his birthday,” reflected Lachie, “and then I begged my mum for number three [Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal] but she wouldn’t get it for me because the name she thought was too rude.”
“We were obsessed; we have every game up until — even the PS3 games we almost have everyone.”
Subsequently, there was no reluctance in getting up to some antics with Ratchet & Clank’s famously bombastic guns. “We do lots of deals, but we’re always really happy about the ones that actually have something to do with something we love,” notes Lachie.
“And I told my mum because she [eventually] bought the game for us when we were little, and she was like, ‘what the hell, how are you being paid by them now?'”
They’ve even spared a thought to dream up what they think fellow Aussie blokes would design if they were tasked with designing a weapon for Ratchet & Clank: the Climatinator. “It would cool down the general temperature in the summer,” muses Lachie, “just across the whole country, like it would just bring it down five degrees.”
Lachie is one of the lucky few in Australia to have got their hands on a PS5 already. He actually “walked into” his local EB Games and “snagged one last week.” His review: “holy shit, it’s fast, I tell you that.”
So far, he’s played some God of War, NBA and Call of Duty, but he’s hugely excited for more Ratchet & Clank. “I’m just happy they’re still making them,” said Lachie, “’cause, I’m mean, that was the PlayStation 2 days and this it’s the PS5 and they’re still making them!”
“That just makes me happy on the inside really.”
“We were a big Ratchet & Clank family — that and Jak & Daxter were like the two big games we’d always play.”
Asked if he’d like to see Jak & Daxter make a comeback, he responds, “oh, there’s nothing I’d want more in the whole world!”
Check out their Ratchet & Clank video, and all their other videos, over on their YouTube channel.