Rage 2 was revealed by Bethesda back at E3 2018, but not before being outed in a retailer listing earlier in the month. In this Rage 2 everything we know guide, we'll be putting tegether all the confirmed details we have for the upcoming game so far, including all the Rage 2 gameplay that we've seen, details from Bethesda on the Rage 2 60FPS capabilities, as well as a potential Rage 2 release date.
Rage 2 Release Date
Rage 2 might seem like it's coming from nowhere, but it's actually following in the footsteps of Bethesda bringing back old (nearly dead) franchises and breathing new life into them. This happened with Prey (2) in 2017, a spiritual successor of sorts to the original Prey, that actually bore very little resemblance to the original game.
But Rage 2 definitely looks to be sticking more to the formula established all the way back in the original game, to a certain degree. But as of right now, there's no confirmed release date for Rage 2. All we have to go on is that it'll launch at some point in the first half of 2019, but we'll be updating this page whenever Bethesda announces any new details.
Rage 2 Gameplay
The first time we saw proper gameplay footage for Rage 2 was at Bethesda's E3 2018 presentation on June 10. The demo for Rage 2 kicked off with Andrew WK of all people taking the stage. After the awkward camera cuts to the perplexed audience, Avalanche developers came out to talk the game up.
Protagonist Walker kicked off the gameplay footage, talking about how his parents were killed, and that he's the last ranger of the wasteland. We then got some pre-alpha footage of Rage 2, where Walker is out to find a rare artifact.
In an interview with our sister site VG247, id studio director Tim Willits revealed that after the intro sequence of Rage 2 is over, "you can go anywhere." There are five total biomes within the game, including swampland, cities, forests and deserts. On top of this, Willits revealed that you can keep on exploring and return to the open world after the credits on Rage 2 have rolled.
Our sister site Eurogamer saw Rage 2 behind closed doors while visiting Avalanche Studio in Sweden. Martin Robinson's impressions of it was that "the demo, while fun, was disappointingly narrow - a short, siphoned off story section that's relatively linear and doesn't show off any of Rage 2's open world".
There's definitely an emphasis on the potential for a grand double act between id Software and Avalanche, but we'll have to wait until next year to find out whether they've perfected their craft of the first person shooter.
Rage 2 60FPS, Single Player
Over on our sister site Eurogamer, Avalanche Software revealed that Rage 2 would not only be a strictly single player game, but also that it would hit 60FPS (frames per second) on certain consoles, as well as on PC.
As you might imagine, the consoles that will support steady 60FPS gameplay for Rage 2 will be the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X. The base versions of both these consoles unfortunately won't be able to reach the stable 60FPS setting, and we can only assume that these versions will be running at a reduced 30FPS.
Rage 2 Trailer
As we previously mentioned, the Q1/Q2 release window for Rage 2 was announced in the trailer just below. It was this trailer that revealed the game for the very first time, back at E3 2018 in June.
Our big takeaway is that Rage 2 is an FPS game, and not a third person action game like we originally anticipated upon hearing that Avalanche Studios was one of the developers involved (more on that below).
What we know for now is that vehicle combat is a big part of Rage 2, and this is something that Avalanche Studios have experience with in 2015's Mad Max. There's also a variety of weapons including rocket launchers, shotguns, rifles and more, and it also looks like there are special abilities tied to the left hand of Walker, the character which you play.
Aside from the main character of Walker, we know that an asteroid crash landed into Earth, wiping out roughly 80 per cent of the human population. The remaining humans have formed themselves into factions, and it's these crazy factions that you get a glimpse of throughout the reveal trailer just above, and we can safely assume it's these factions that Walker will be fighting throughout Rag 2.
This is everything right now that we know for certain and can speculate about Rage 2, but keep an eye on this guide, as we'll be updating it in the future with all further details of the game that are unveiled by Bethesda.
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