Well, this certainly lends credence to the Walmart leak from last week. Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that Rage 2 is real, and dropped a mostly live action trailer earlier this morning to prove it.
We have little to nothing to go on in regards to details on the sequel. Today’s trailer is actually a precursor for more news that Bethesda has stated is coming tomorrow. The publisher plans to debut the title’s first gameplay footage then.
An amusing part of this story is that Walmart, yet again, leaked the trailer this morning. It originally popped up as a 10 second advertisement. The video has since been taken down following a copyright claim by Bethesda Softworks.
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Most assumed that Rage was a forgotten IP from Bethesda. The initial game released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2010. It earned decent reviews, sitting a current Metascore of 81 for both consoles.
The game is often compared to the likes of Fallout and Borderlands. It takes heavy inspiration from the series of Mad Max films too. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic Earth following the devastating impact of a meteor hitting the planet. In the first game, you play as Nicholas Raine. The character was a soldier put into hibernation and wakes to find the world he knew long gone.
On foot, the game is plays as a first-person shooter. However, driving is a core mechanic of the game too. The camera switches to a 3rd person perspective during those segments. It’s likely that Rage 2 follows suit with its predecessor. However, there looks to be a clip in today’s trailer that sees the player inside his car with a first-person perspective. That’s likely just a transitional segment though.
There’s no point in speculating when we’ll have all of our answers tomorrow. I am curious though whether Bethesda planned this marketing route for Rage 2 or whether Walmart forced their hand into an early reveal. The studio’s Vice President of PR, Pete Hines, is pretty vocal. So we may actually get the answer to that in the future. We’ll be back tomorrow with new details on the sequel 8 years in the making.