Rage 2's announcement was a little unexpected, given that the original open world FPS didn't get near the top of our list of preferred id shooters. The combination of developers here is pretty exciting, though: Avalanche, known for wild open world games like Just Cause and the thematically appropriate Mad Max, is collaborating with id Software, fresh off a Quake game we like and the wonderful Doom 2016.
Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as the first game, where 80% of humanity is gone and all life is threatened, you play as Walker, the wasteland's last remaining ranger. You're here to wipe out all the vicious gangs that roam around the place, and to rid your surroundings of The Authority, the oppressive organisation from the first game. The name is a little on-the-nose, but hey, it seems to work for them.
Even though Avalanche is best known for third-person open world games, this one's in first-person, no doubt benefitting from id's expertise. Here's everything we know about Rage 2 so far.
What's Rage 2's release date?
Rage 2's release date is Spring 2019 right now, and we expect a final date at either Gamescom 2018 or QuakeCon, both of which are happening in August. The latter seems more likely, given that it's an id-focused event.
Here's Rage 2's gameplay trailer
Looking a little bit Bulletstorm in a good way and set in an open world, Rage 2's gameplay trailer does show off a more colourful and exciting world than we saw in 2011's original. It's still a little brown, but a lot of those environments are pretty. We're promised everything from jungles to swamps to deserts. That last one is a little obvious, but hey.
Rage 2's collector's edition includes a talking head voiced by Andrew WK, because this is 2018, baby
Rage 2's collector's edition comes with a bunch of in-game extras, like Doom's BFG, an expansion and other items that'll either excite you or not depending on your mileage for such things. The main draw, though, is a talking head of Rage 2 character Ruckus the Crusher, voiced by Andrew WK. In the US, it'll cost $120 for this version of the game, and Amazon has the UK price down as £100.
If you've ever dreamed of Andrew WK being your best friend (particularly after reading his Village Voice advice columns in 2015), this is probably as good as it's going to get for now. Either that, or it'll horrify you and you won't want it in your house. Whatever suits your lifestyle.
Rage 2 has no multiplayer
Rage 2 is a gigantic, single-player-only open world game, so if you were hoping to jump in a car with some pals and open fire on vaguely punk-styled NPCs together, it isn't going to happen. As Avalanche's Magnus Nedfors told Eurogamer, "We're just focused on the best open world single-player game that we can make...I personally really believe you can make single player games really fantastic, so that's what we're focused on." Luckily, you won't be short of co-op shooters, based on the announcements at E3 2018.
Here's how driving and shooting works in Rage 2
The Rage 2 E3 reveal made a big deal about the fact that if you can see it, you can drive it. This includes cars, and larger vehicles like monster trucks, but also gyrocopters. The wingstick from Rage reappears as a weapon in your arsenal.
You've got Nanotrite powers in this one, too, special abilities that make the combat look a bit more visually exciting than a standard FPS. The E3 demo shows off force push-like powers and the ability to ground slam a group of enemies, and you can only use a few of them at once.
Overdrive, meanwhile, lets you overpower your guns to make them even more effective in a firefight. In terms of enemies, expect to encounter "madmen, mutants and monsters" in Bethesda's words. They call it a 'Shooterverse', but we couldn't do that, just in case we're forced to look our English teachers in the eye again someday.