Insomniac Reveals Touching Backstory Behind Ratchet & Clank's Craiggerbear Collectibles

Insomniac Reveals Touching Backstory Behind Ratchet & Clank’s Craiggerbear Collectibles

Throughout Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart‘s world, players can find a variety of stuffed animals, known as “Craiggerbears,” to collect. A recent post from Insomniac Games has revealed the history behind the collectibles, which are in remembrance of a former employee.

In a recent blog post on Insomniac Games’ website, the company paid highlighted Craig Goodman, who worked for the company as a Technical Artist and passed away in 2019 due to medical complications from brain cancer. Goodman worked on a handful of titles for Insomniac, including the Ratchet & Clank series, Song of the Deep, and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

What Is The Craiggerbear?

According to Insomniac, Craig and his wife Julianna found a hospital doll bear while undergoing care. They added stitches to its head and sewed a heart onto its chest, which created the Craiggerbear. Goodman left the bear to his children as a reminder of his love for them and his wife. In his memory, Insomniac Games created a series of bears that could be found throughout Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

In the blog post, Insomniac also revealed that in honor of Craig Goodman, the company would make six collectible Craiggerbears available on PlayStation Stars — a loyalty program that lets players collect digital rewards — from now until May 31.

Sony Interactive Entertainment will also be donating money to the Starlight Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children receive essential treatment. The organization was chosen by the Goodman family.

Insomniac has honored deceased employees in the past, too, as former artist Dan Johnson has been in a number of the studio’s games in some capacity, usually as a skin or Easter egg.