Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 5 released this week with an adventurous new theme, inviting players to a super colorful stumble through the jungle… but not everything is as it seems! Ratchet and Clank walked through a rift to the Blunderdome and decided to stick around to host two limited-time events; extra-special opportunities for players to unlock unique costumes and rewards, fresh for Season 5. We’ve teamed up with PlayStation to let you know what to expect from this dimension-leaping extravaganza, with artistic insight of how the team created Insomniac Games’ iconic duo of life… in bean form!
Build a bean …
Designing Fall Guys costumes based on well-established characters such as Ratchet and Clank is always an exciting and interesting creative challenge. As an artistic team, we always want to make sure that our creations look like an autumn man wearing a costume, as if our little beans are defending and cosplaying a character rather than “becoming” one.
Our goal is to reflect this in the experience of our players. Of course, a player can choose a costume just because it looks cool and it’s awesome! But we’re hoping that many will choose to wear a costume because they love the characters in the collaboration as much as we do and want to show their fandom to the world by speaking out in the Blunderdome.
Concept art created by the Fall Guys team as they began to imagine what Ratchet and Clank might look like in bean form.
Bring Ratchet and Clank to the Blunderdome
When choosing characters for a Fall Guys collaboration, one of the determining factors is asking ourselves; “Do we think it’s cool? We are big fans of games as well as artists, so if there is no passion behind the selection, we will never get the great results that Fall Guys players deserve.
As soon as the possibility of making both Ratchet and Clank in bean form arose, the decision was never in doubt; we all wanted to do it! On a personal level as the main artist, Ratchet and Clank are a true reference. The games they play in show such ambition and the art direction has always amazed me. As characters, they’re instantly recognizable and attractive, so it immediately felt like a great opportunity.
A Fall Guy takes a look at his developing Clank costume as the 3D team begins to work their magic.
Excited as we were, bringing Ratchet and Clank costumes to Fall Guys presented our art team with a classic design conundrum. How do you take iconic characters and wrap them around a little bean to make them feel like an autumn man, but also be true to the source material?
How do you make a Lombax bean ?!
Luckily, we’ve been practicing this pretty well with several Fall Guys costume collaborations under our belt and have a set of ground rules to follow. These indicate how much the basic Fall Guy needs to remain visible and, most importantly, how the costume can be split into upper and lower parts to combine with other costumes (sure, we love to see the combinations of surreal and creative costumes of the players!)
The Fall Guys 3D team then brings the artistic concepts of ratchet costumes to life.
With those boundaries established, we start with our first concepts, test the shapes, and experiment with the details we need to include that will really bring out the essence of characters like Ratchet and Clank. It’s a complex process to ensure that Ratchet’s archetypal Lombax ears and Clank’s big robotic features are perfect for the Blunderdome! There is a bit of back and forth between our artists and the lovely team at Insomniac Games, as we work together to agree on designs that we can both be proud of (they are awesome. cool, so this part is really easy!)
We then transfer those concepts to our super talented 3D team to launch the game models and after a little more back and forth… here we are! Two awesome costumes and a range of cosmetic treats that we believe combine the spirit and iconic look of Ratchet and Clank, through the filter of our silly and slightly goofy Fall Guys. We absolutely can’t wait for you to collect them yourself! Here’s how…
Teleport to Ratchet and Clank Limited Time Events!
This interdimensional crossover will see Fall Guys players take on special challenges from the galaxy’s most extraordinary duo in two limited-time, rocket-powered events. These will have you racing against the clock to unlock a dazzling array of costumes, banners, emotes, and other cosmic cosmetic treats for both Ratchet and Clank!
The Ratchet Limited Time Event will be available July 26 – August 1
The limited-time Ratchet event brings an entire week of special challenges from the heroic Lombax, with the exclusive ability to unlock.
- Ratchet banner: 600 points
- Lombax pattern: 1000 points
- Ratchet suit (lower): 1600 points
- Groovitron Emote: 2000 points
- Ratchet Costume (Superior): 3200 points
The Clank limited-time event is scheduled to take place August 6-15
Clank brings a whole new set of challenges and loads of exclusive futuristic rewards for players to get their hands on, with…
- Clank Banner: 600 points
- Boss Clank: 1000 points
- Clank costume (lower): 1600 points
- Clank’s Laugh Emote: 2000 points
- Clank costume (superior): 3200 points
Plus, if you complete both events, you’ll get an ultra-special banner featuring the new Lombax Resistance fighter, Rivet!
Dive into Season 5 of Fall Guys!
Limited-time events are just one side of Fall Guys Season 5’s jungle adventure. This major update floods the Blunderdome with glistening pools, tropical penguins, and even a mysterious lost temple to explore, spread across several dazzling new towers filled with new mechanics and our signature ridiculous obstacles.
Stumble now to …
- Six new towers – From rowdy rhinos to multiple perilous paths to expanding frogs, we’ve got half a dozen new Rounds to test your bean dexterity!
- Team goals – Enter with friends to take on the Blunderdome, including limited-time duo and trio shows.
- Disguises – Loads of new looks for the most fashionable (or outrageous!) Beans.
- Even more limited-time events – More chances to complete special challenges and unlock unique gifts.
- Smoother trips – Numerous fixes and improvements for an optimal tumbling experience.
From myself and the entire Fall Guys team, we are delighted to welcome you on this journey into the heart of the new jungle-dome look. What about anyone willing to walk through the rift in search of goodies for the Ratchet and Clank limited-time event? Prepare to take off!