Rage Shows Vehicles, Cyber-Cowboys, Hats

He doesn't look so cross
There’s a new trailer out for Id Software’s forthcoming wasteland shooter, Rage. It’s below. It shows off the great big, beautiful environments, the remote control car, the vehicular combat and, of course, the men getting shot. That’s something that Id have some experience in portraying, and I think it shows.

The game is due September 13th (US) and September 15th (EU).


  1. SanguineAngel says:

    God I do think that this is a fine looking game and anyone who says otherwise must be madder than a hat full of rabid badgers and angry wasps to my way of thinking.

    • StingingVelvet says:

      It is very good looking… some textures, like on characters, are kind of low-res… and the skybox in some shots looks very 2D… but other than that it really is a great looking game.

    • crainey92 says:

      Release date is September though so maybe they’ll work on said things. The game looks pretty good, kind of like a cross between Borderlands and Fallout.

    • MisterT says:

      I’m sorry, It just looks like COD’s updates on quake 3 engine, but slightly better textures, *maybe* moderately better animations.

  2. Cael says:

    Looks awesome!

  3. Njordsk says:

    Just, please, not too much car driving.

    • Xercies says:

      There going to copy Half Life 2 and your going to like it!

    • Njordsk says:

      Well, HL2 had “enough” car driving. If it sticks to that I’m fine.

    • Oneironaut says:

      I would like an open-world FPS/TPS one day where the driving portion is based off something like Burnout: Paradise. Getting in a car should be something you look forwards to, instead of being a necessary hardship.

    • Njordsk says:

      GTA IV had pleasant driving. I enjoyed a lot going from A to B.

      Even respecting the law sometimes. Shocking.

    • Muzman says:

      Fun as it looks I’m not sure I can go back to not smashing my truck clean through a building when I arrive somewhere (Red Faction Guerilla)

  4. MonkeyMonster says:

    Hmmmm, Quake 4 blended with some Borderlands with some Fallout sauce served with fries. Looking Yum.

    • CrazyBaldhead says:

      It actually looks just like something that’s been done before.

    • maktacular says:

      Exactly what i was thinking good sir. It appears fools seldom differ etc. Hopefully not as repetitive as borderlands though, looks cracking.

    • TheTourist314 says:

      I feel like id’s been working on this far longer than Borderlands. In these troubled economic times, post-apocalyptic wasteland wandering seems like the perfect ticket away from life. I think it looks pretty damn fun. I’m pretty excited about it.

  5. MajorManiac says:

    As with all id games. When I watch the trailers I can’t help but think how exciting it will be when other developers start to use this new engine.

  6. MrThingy says:

    That thingy at the end looks awfully like the Cave Troll from LOTR… =]

  7. fatchap says:

    I predict: Great engine, weak game.

    • MadTinkerer says:

      Oh, come on! Just because almost every other id software game since Romero left has been… well yeah.

      But this one might be different! ;)

  8. mda says:

    Why never women, children, or, like, elephants, giraffes and zebras getting shot?

    Hey don’t look at me like that!


    • heretic says:

      you could kill animals in far cry 2 I seem to recall

      the children in swat 3 were invincible (and static), same for fallout 3 no?

      fallout 1/2 you can kill children, but don’t expect to have a nice game after that

      somehow you can shoot a shop keeper in the den and nobody gives a damn (some even congratulate you) even though the dude didn’t do anything, but you just wanted his stuff (I mean I), but when you kill children everyone suddenly knows you’re a bastard

      to be fair the children in fallout 1/2 kinda looked like aliens flailing around so no harm done really

    • BrendanJB says:

      Pretty sure I remember stabbing a kid in Deus Ex.

    • Bhazor says:

      Hey don’t mess with that Chinese kid.
      He knows the Dragon Head.

    • Oak says:

      They already covered children with the insect babies in Doom 3.

  9. noom says:

    Wait… did I just see an arachnotron..?

  10. DSR says:

    With no full dynamic lighning this game will look like it came from ice age in half a year.

    Like HL2. Great engine. Superb physics and texturing tech, but no dynamic shadows and\or color bleeding made it look like “derp”.

    Best graphics to date are Battlefield:BC2 and *cough* Crysis 2 beta *cough*
    Just because how awesome and “next genish” they look.

    Rage looks like DooM 3 mod with HQ models.

    • StingingVelvet says:

      I don’t remember BC2 looking that great… actually, I remember thinking it looked remarkably average for how much juice it wanted to run well.

      I’ve never been a shadows and lighting guy though, I care much more about textures, crispness and design.

    • Tei says:

      My understanding is that Rage is a different type of engine. Things are done different, and as some strong points and some weak points. Based on the images on this video this new type of engine able artist to create images we have never seen before. So the strong points of Rage are impressive. And probably some of the weak points will be corrected on the future.
      My point is that we can’t compare apples with oranges, and old engines versus rage is apples versus oranges.

    • bill says:

      HL2 looked great.

    • PeopleLikeFrank says:

      Thanks to some good work with textures, HL2 still looks great.

    • Commisar says:

      Thankfully, BF3 will have full dynamic lighting and even more destruction than BFBC2, unfortunantly, it is doubtful that Frostbite 2 will be licensed

    • MisterT says:

      DICE is talking about Frostbite 2 being the one of the best engines for this gen, I think they might just licence it out if people want it under EA.
      Imagine ME spinoff game on it, based on something like first contact war.

    • MultiVaC says:

      I didn’t really think BF:BC2 was a particularly good looking game, either. The textures were garbage and the foliage was ugly, and there’s no way I can find of getting any decent anti-aliasing in it (the in-game AA options are terrible, and unlike almost any game these days I can’t seem to come up with an acceptable workaround through the NVIDIA control panel or NVIDIA Inspector.)

  11. Fwiffo says:

    The more I see of this game, the more I feel id has become irrelevant as a game dev. :(

  12. Binman88 says:

    I’m not being deliberately contrarian, but I don’t think this looks good. The graphics look great in parts (though standard in other parts), and I’m sure they’re a fantastic technical achievement, but I don’t particularly like the style. Also not getting a great impression of the short clips of some of the characters, though again this is a style thing, and obviously this is just a short trailer.

    As fatchap said above, I’m worried this might be a pretty average game. Although that largely remains to be seen, I’m not holding out too much hope for anything more than a “go here do that” RPG, with recurring actiony bits along the way.

    • Kryopsis says:


    • Sidorovich says:

      If only this was an RPG. I’m liking the art style and I’m sure the buggy races will break things up a bit – but like many people here, I can’t shake the feeling that this is going to be a distinctly average FPS.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      I suspect we may have exposed the source of your low expectations here.

      It’s not, in any way that I know of, an RPG. This is set to be an FPS in the traditional sense. Personally I’m very much looking forward to it.

      I happen to like the art style but more importantly I am anticipating a straightforward & exciting FPS with no pretensions (or fibs) regarding genre redefining or any such gubbins. Sometimes I just like to shoot me some dudes in the face. I still think some people are giving the game a harder time than it deserves but that’s just my opinion opposed to theirs.

      Also I should add that I’ve not seen anything to indicate that they will be producing a particularly average game. Fair enough I’ve not seen direct evidence of it being an outstanding specimen of the genre either but ID have produce a lot of things I have liked. I think they’re pretty good at man shooting stuff. and I’m just plain optimistic. Willing to give it the benefit of the doubt at least until I see evidence to the contrary. Perhaps even until the thing is playable.

    • Binman88 says:

      Well, that’s the thing – I thought Rage wasn’t meant to be an FPS in the traditional sense. All the news articles I’ve read about it have talked about RPG elements with regards to inventory and the finding and sharing of blueprints for car/buggy racing, and I was under the impression that this was an open world game. To me a traditional FPS is a fairly linear affair like Call of Duty or Fear. Any hint of open world exploration and/or inventory management and I’m more likely to class it as an RPG. I’m not expecting an RPG like Fallout, rather something more like Borderlands.

      If it’s just a straightforward corridor shooter, then I’ll be even less hopeful about it.

    • Dervish says:

      Any hint of open world exploration and/or inventory management and I’m more likely to class it as an RPG.

      Well, stop doing that.

    • SanguineAngel says:

      haha I don’t want to start that old debate again but suffice to say that this is not my definition of an RPG by any means.

    • Binman88 says:

      Well, stop doing that.

      Who are y…. uh, no.

      haha I don’t want to start that old debate again but suffice to say that this is not my definition of an RPG by any means.

      haha, thank Christ for that. Last thing I want to hear is someone pontificating about their definition of an acronym!

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  13. Shadowcat says:

    Out of curiosity, why is Bethesda’s name all over this?

    I know that Bethesda is a subsidiary of ZeniMax, but that means strictly speaking those companies are separate entities, and Id is another subsidiary of ZeniMax, not of Bethesda. Surely the second name on this trailer should be “ZeniMax”?

    • manveruppd says:

      Bethesda is also the publisher. But yes, they’re still separate entities, both subsidiaries of Zenimax.

    • Urthman says:

      Maybe because it’s been so long (7 years!) since id released a game, they think a big chunk of their audience has barely heard of them. Whereas Bethesda are the Fallout 3 people.

  14. Guiscard says:

    Anyone know who the music by?

  15. McDan says:

    Yes, even though this is another take on the whole post-apocalypse scenario I still think that all the games do it so differently that it doesn’t really matter. I for one am not bored yet by the genre, if it could be called one now, because games like Rage and New Vegas continue to put different spins on it.

  16. Juiceman says:

    I’ll play it.

  17. Kdansky says:

    In the future, there is no grass and the colour green has been outlawed.

    It bothered my in Fallout and it bothers me here: After a nuclear catastrophe, we won’t live in the desert! Plants will grow everywhere, since nobody removes them. Though Rage might take place on another planet (which for some reason only has deserts?) or everyone just really wants to live in the desert.

    • Commisar says:

      Nope, it is set on Earth in the 2040s after the asteroid Apothis hit in 2036

  18. The Snee says:

    “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by ZeniMax Media Inc”


  19. vodka and cookies says:

    Yup video is gone

  20. Jambe says:

    ZeniMax clearly understand how to market shit.


  21. gillesv says:

    Brilliant. Video is gone, and the video on Rage.com stutters like shit. Way to go ZeniMax!

  22. jplayer01 says:

    Excellent, eschewing the free PR and advertising just to protect their IP. Yeah, so much for drumming up consumer excitement. Sigh. Screw them.

  23. Vorrin says:

    Uh video gone yeh… but it’s here, judging from the time and your comments it should be this:

  24. manveruppd says:

    Cool, who knew Chinese astrologers knew what they were talking about when they named this year The Year of the FPS! :) Bulletstorm, a new iD game, Crysis 2, a new expansion for Painkiller, and even DNF! What’s next, HL3?

    • Jad says:

      Brink, Homefront, Battlefield 3, Deus Ex 3, Red Faction: Armageddon, Fear 3, some kind of Call of Duty …

      I’m not complaining though, I’m a fan of FPSes.

      (Also, I’m noticing as I grow older, and have less time but more money that I’m gravitating towards action games with shorter game lengths … while it’s likely that Dragon Age 2 will review better than, say, Homefront, I’m not buying the former because I haven’t finished the first game yet. Six hour campaigns have become almost a good thing in my eyes. [Although that’s still a little short … ten hour campaigns seems like a sweet spot])

  25. Unaco says:

    Yeah, video no longer available due to copyright claim. That is some marketing nous right there. Astounding work Bethesda/id/Zenimax.

    “This consumer’s interest is no longer available due to cynicism and the bad feeling left by the way this game has been marketed (or not marketed as it is)”.

  26. Basilicus says:

    Is this it?

    link to youtube.com

    Amazing skyboxes!!!

  27. Burgeri says:

    Borderlands that is actually good and immersive?

    I am sold!

  28. bill says:

    Wow. That looks stunning in places.
    It seems to have a very slight cartoon effect though… hard to define exactly… might be just down to compression. Not bad though.

  29. TechRogue says:

    I *really* hope they come out with a Linux version…bought Doom3 the other day (to play Darkmod actually) and it made me realize how few quality shooters there are for Linux. I haven’t paid more than $30 or so for a game in a while, but it’s only because there aren’t any.

  30. Ridiculous Human says:

    Is that Lanegan?

    EDIT: Having perused Bethesda’s blog, it IS Lanegan. A brand new song, at that. Sweet.

  31. Xan says:

    Is it just me or does this game look like a mix between Borderlands (before they changed it to Cell-shaded), Gears of War/Doom (the monster’s looks) and a touch of Fallout 3?

    Oh and lots and lots of BROWN!

  32. Stevostin says:

    My my my…

  33. Iskariot says:

    Are there RPG like elements in the this game? If it is a FPS/RPG like Fallout 3 I’ll buy it.

  34. Resin says:

    I don’t see why they don’t just call it FallOut. They own the property, it looks like Fallout, It wouldn’t have to be FallOutIV, it could be FallOut: Rage or something like that, easy $, and they could claim all the brown was sticking to the original artistic vision.

    • JFS says:

      Nah, people don’t want another Fallout already. 3 and New Vegas have stirred up enough commotion, good and bad. People want the return of their childhood heroes, and they want them to wave a new-IP-banner while triumphantly riding into town.

    • Starky says:

      Because the lore, story, background, mythology, humour, tone and characters are different from fallout?

      You’d think fallout was the first ever post apocalyptic media ever made – it’s not even close to the first game in that genre either.

      i love Post-Apoc settings, but I just hope that next on the list of genres to use (The industry has basically gone WW2 > Sci-Fi space marine > Modern Combat > Post Apoc (with some back and forth))…
      … is Cyber Punk.

      It is my hope that Deus Ex 3 will be a massive success and spur other games in the genre.

  35. Navagon says:

    It continues to look good but my interest has long since expired. I’m not saying I won’t get it at some point. Of course I will. I’ll no doubt enjoy it too. But I’m not anywhere near as pumped for this as I was a couple of years ago. So a purchase for anything more than £15 is out of the question.

    Interesting that they seem to be saying that it’s Bethesda that’s publishing not Zenimax. What’s going on there?

  36. mkultra says:

    Post-apocalyptic shooter with RPG elements? Geniuses.

  37. clownst0pper says:

    Why do developers insist on releasing trailers with the biggest pile of shit frame-rates they can possibly demonstrate?

    Your selling a product for Christ sake. HAVE IT RUN SMOOTH.

    • Starky says:

      Because the game is still in development, and thus unoptimized and no system or PC can run it smoothly?

      Or perhaps simply that youtube badly encoded the video – or id/ids marketing badly encoded it in the first place…

      Who knows, you decide.

  38. Kinsha says:

    I saw the HD version on Rage site (there is no lag btw).

    Nicely done trailer, I love the simple FPS shooters like Singualrity and Wolfenstein (from Raven again) and really miss Quake 2 days. So yes, I love the RAGE trailer and the fact that the game is pure action-fest from my favorite developer.

    Also, best visuals ever in a long time. I really like how it wiped the floor at E3 with “best looking game” awards while the hypefest called Crysis 2 was ignored (also, they delayed Crysis 2 after E3 to “improve it further”.. haha). id > Crytek

    / id fanboy

  39. soylentrobot says:

    “It’s not Fallout 3 in all but name done properly, honest”

  40. Jad says:

    To anybody who comments on a Rage story with the words “Fallout 3” please stop?

    I’ve ranted about this before, but can I register yet again that far far too many gamers focus more on the settings or graphical styles* than on, you know, gameplay when comparing games? Fallout 3 is an RPG. It is a RPG that is viewed from the first-person perspective, which is a gameplay convention that has a long lineage in PC RPGs, going back to Daggerfall and Ultima Underworld and Wizardry. It is not a first person shooter.

    Sure, compare Rage to Crysis and Stalker and Far Cry 2 and Half-Life 2 (there was driving in that game too!) and, yes, Borderlands.

    But if you’re going to throw out “Fallout 3” you might as well say “Mass Effect 2”, as that game is more similar in terms of gameplay than Bethesda’s game.

    * Unless you’re citing Fallout 3 specifically to discuss the post-apocalyptic setting or aesthetics, as in “I wish Rage was set in a real-world place like Washington DC, like FO3” or whatever. But Rage is “Fallout 3 in all but name done properly” — no more than Halo is Starcraft in all but name done properly.

  41. Walker says:

    This is just Borderlands with guns.