When Richardson-based game developer Id Software released Rage in 2011, it was fairly ambitious. It was a technical powerhouse, producing impressive graphics that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 hadn't yet seen, and it was a far bigger, more open world than anything the studio had produced before. And, notably, it was an Id Software game that wasn't called "Doom," "Wolfenstein" or "Quake."
Rage was a post-apocalyptic action game that felt heavily inspired by the Mad Max movies, particularly thanks to its emphasis on driving cars across dusty environments. The first-person shooting elements, which Id Software is known to deliver on, were solid. Everything surrounding those sections left some players cold.
Ultimately, the game didn't set the world on fire, so while there were certainly whispers and rumors of a sequel almost immediately, few were surprised when one never materialized.
Until now. Following a leak of the game's existence on Walmart's Canadian website, Rage 2 has been officially announced. It's being developed as a collaboration between Id Software and Swedish developer Avalanche Studios, which, as it turns out, released an official Mad Max game back in 2015. Seems like a good fit for a Rage sequel, no? The developer is also known for the Just Cause series of open-world games.
"In the year 2185, humanity's numbers are dwindling," says the game's official blurb. "Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule who remains with an iron fist."
While the original Rage sported impressive visuals, those visuals were very brown, leading to a world that never felt vibrant. The early marketing material for Rage 2, at least, is injecting a fair amount of color into this sequel, which gives us hope that there will also be more character than there was the first time around.
A short gameplay reveal, which promises "insane action" and "big [expletive] guns," gives us a taste of the game that will have to tide us over until next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). We can expect to hear more about the game during the press conference for Id Software's parent company, Bethesda, which takes place June 10.