Rage 2 will not have loot boxes, but it will have live service elements to keep players engaged with the title longer. That's according to id Software boss Tim Willits and confirmed by Bethesda.
In an interview with German game publication GameStar, Willits told the interviewer that the developers "want people to play Rage 2 longer," when asked if Rage 2 will "follow the Games as a Service" approach. Seemingly confirming that Rage 2 will feature some live content.
Willits also confirmed that Rage 2 will not have loot boxes, joking saying that the developers are following a novel approach where players can buy a game and play it.
While we were able to translate the German text, we reached out to Bethesda for confirmation. They relayed to USgamer that Willits' statements regarding loot boxes and the live service elements were correctly expressed by our translation.
This suggests that Rage 2 will feature some additional post-launch content and events to keep players engaged with the game after completing the main campaign. At least that's the thinking considering that's how most live service games function nowadays. Just look at Destiny 2 and Overwatch.
How this will play out in practice remains to be seen, and it's unclear if these will be detailed at E3 this year.
You can check out our everything we know guide on Rage 2, or our complete E3 2018 guide where Bethesda will be holding a press conference again this year. Also be sure to check in with us when the USgamer team goes to E3 again this year.