Rage 2 was Announced Ahead of E3 Due to Competition with “55,000-ton Gorilla” Fallout 76, Studio Director Says


Id Software’s Rage 2 was officially announced before Bethesda’s 2018 E3 conference due to competition with the publisher’s other upcoming post-apocalyptic title, Fallout 76.

That’s what id Software’s studio director and level designer, Tim Willits, said in a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz.

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The sequel was accidently leaked by retailer Walmart ahead of this year’s E3 conference, but as it turns out, Rage 2 was always intended to be announced prior to the annual event, and its announcement was only accelerated following the leak back in May of this year.

When asked why the game was always planned to be announced before Bethesda’s E3 conference, Willits said that they have a “55,000-ton gorilla” to compete with, thereby referring to the insanely popular, Bethesda-published,  upcoming Fallout 76.

The interview with Willits is a good read on how id Software looks at game development, and we strongly suggest you read it.

We’ve included the game’s official announcement trailer below:

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An asteroid has annihilated 80% of the earth’s population, and humanity’s numbers are dwindling. Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule with an iron fist. As Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland and a threat to their power, you have been robbed of your home and left for dead. Now you’ll have to rage for justice and freedom. With ludicrous vehicle combat, super-powered first-person mayhem, and an open world full of emergent madness, you will tear across an unforgiving wasteland battling sadistic gangs to find the tools and tech needed to crush the oppressive rule of The Authority once and for all.

Rage 2 is slated for a release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next year. The game is being developed in collaboration with Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios.

Fallout 76 will release later this year for PC and consoles on November 14.