It’s official: Rage 2 is real. id Software’s 2011 post-apocalyptic shooter – and last game under the supervision of founder John Carmack – finally has a sequel. Not that anyone was asking for one, of course: Rage was divisive when it originally came out, thanks to a cliched story and awkward open-world. Then again, never had the end of the world looked so good, thanks to the id Tech 5 engine and it’s bonkers megatextures.
Now, with Rage 2, we are hoping to see a refined, more complete version of id’s ambitious effort, just not made by id themselves.This time Rage will be developed by Avalanche Studios, the folk behind Just Cause 3 and, fittingly, Mad Max.
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Now we are reaching peak E3 2018 excitement, speculation around Rage 2’s release date, gameplay, and story is starting to hot up. Bethesda took to its social media channels to tease a number of its upcoming games ahead of its fourth annual E3 showcase on June 10. Now the first official trailer has landed – featuring an especially unhinged collection of scary bandits – we finally have confirmation that Rage 2 exists. Below you’ll find everything we know about Rage 2.
Rage 2 release date
We do not have a Rage 2 release date yet, but we are crossing our gnarled, scavenger fingers that we get one at this year’s E3.
With Fallout 4’s relatively short window between announcement and release in 2015 in mind, perhaps we’ll see a new Rage in 2018? That said, while 2019 might be a safer bet, let’s hope we don’t see anything like the four year gap between announcement and release that the original game suffered.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) May 14, 2018
After a series of Bethesda teases on Twitter – and a WalMart Canada leak – the live action Rage 2 trailer above is the publisher’s first official confirmation of the game’s existence. The eccentric Mad Max aesthetic revealed by the leaked teaser trailer appears present and correct as toothless, tattooed miscreants with bold hairstyles look intimidating amid plumes of gaudily coloured smoke. Besides the darkly comic tone, the trailer doesn’t give much away – apart from aggressive and insistent warning that we ‘get ready to die!’ Charming.
Rage 2 gameplay
We don’t know much when it comes to Rage 2 gameplay but, as the end of the first official trailer shows us, we will be getting a “worldwide gameplay review tomorrow.” Stay tuned here for all the latest updates on that front.
The gameplay of the original Rage was one of the game’s highlights, so we’re itching to see how Avalanche have spruced the shooting and open-world components up. In the announcement trailer we can see a litany of weaponry from serrated machetes to rocket launchers and guns that appear to unleash electrical energy. Most importantly, though, the iconic sharp-edged boomerang, the Wingstick, will return to eviscerate any unfortunate targets.
We only get a moment of it in the beginning of the trailer, but the opening shot of the buggy and it’s painted spinning wheels almost certainly confirms that vehicular gameplay will be back for Rage 2. There were five vehicle types in the first Rage, so hopefully we get more to drive at silly speeds and crash into our enemies. Hopefully we can customise them, too, with the freedom to hold off on the neon pink.
Rage 2 graphics and engine
id Software once again set the bar for graphical quality with Rage but, with Avalanche at the helm, can we expect the same post-apocalyptic beauty? While Mad Max wasn’t as breathtakingly pretty as Rage was at the time when it released in 2015, it was still a looker.
Thanks to the id Tech 5 engine, Rage stunned players with its visuals so we’re hopeful that the Rage 2 graphics are just as impressive.
Rage 2 story
The narrative of the original Rage was a weak link next to its great graphics and brutal combat. Its twists were predictable and the lore contextualising the world felt derivative. This time we are hoping for a stronger story with original and engrossing moments. Given the zaniness of the announcement trailer, things are looking rosy there.
That’s everything we know about Rage 2. Let us know what you think the game should look like in the comments below.
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