Late last week, game publisher Bethesda began publishing images on its social media channels teasing the announcement of something related to ID Software's game Rage . The message should be shared today, but the teaser ran early and confirms that Rage 2 is real.
The short live action teaser does not give the fans much further. It features a series of unappealing post-apocalyptic figures lifting and dancing weights, such as Andrew W.K.'s "Ready to Die" lettering. A particularly large outlaw swings a sword to the ground and seems to carry wings that are held together by concrete. There is much more color than we expected, which hopefully indicates a more disrespectful, ironic game.
Disappointing as it might be to see just a live-action teaser for the game, Bethesda will host its own press conference at E3 in June. If the publisher is ready to show some gameplay to the players, we'll probably see it.
It's been nearly seven years since the release of the original Rage that the classic first-person of Id Sofware combined shooting action with driving and more world-building than we normally see out of the studio. Following its release, the developer shifted its focus back to the Doom series, plugging the unpublished Doom 4 before finally restarting the franchise with the Doom of 201
Bethesda, however, has experience of improving games for her sequels. The 2009 Wolfenstein game – developed by Raven Software before Bethesda acquired the rights of the series – was followed by the award-winning Wolfenstein: The New Order . Similarly, the intoxicating The Evil Within has been significantly improved in its sequel, with more creative environments and a better story.
Prior to Bethesda's own entanglements Rage 2 was leaked through an entry on the Walmart Canada website. The list also included unannounced games by Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed, as well as Gears of War 5 and Just Cause 4 . The accuracy of the listing can not be verified otherwise, and with Forza Horizon 5 appearing in it before Forza Horizon 4 was even announced, it is best still with a grain of salt to take.