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Mad Max stands on it in September

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Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that Mad Max, Avalanche's fuel-injected road trip through the Australian wasteland, will be out in September. Gamers who preorder will be handed the keys to "The Ripper," which in this case is not a post-apocalyptic chainsaw, but a Magnum Opus car body.

At some point during Mad Max, presumably fairly early on, the man they called Max manages to lose the Interceptor to a gang of skags who, to their credit, don't accidentally blow it up but instead just tow it away to a location unknown. But you can't have a Mad Max game without cars, and so Max, as shown in this trailer from last spring, sets out to build another one: his magnum opus, as it were. One of those machines is The Ripper, which "packs a powerful V8 engine, upgraded exhaust with custom off-road tires, a ramming grill, and a tuned suspension so ti can take on a variety of Wasteland surfaces."

Warner also revealed the Mad Max box art today (below), which I know isn't particularly relevant in this era of digital everything, but I'm a cardboard aficionado and I think this cover is actually quite good. It eschews the usual "rugged scowly-man" approach that you'd quite naturally expect in favor of something simpler, starker, and much more appropriate for a game about gangs ready to go to war for a tank of juice. Anyway, the bit you do care about: Mad Max will be out on September 1. Find out more at MadMaxGame.com.

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Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.