While the first Rage game has yet to see its October 4th launch on PC, PS3 & Xbox 360, id Software developer John Carmack is already enthusiastic about the possibilities of Rage 2!
He said that he thinks Rage will be well received by gamers and the press and that they are very happy with how the game combines combat, driving and has its own economy. But the developers on the game all have their personal list of the things that, if they got to go back and revisit these decisions, they’d make it that much better in a future game.
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GameSpot asked Mr. Carmack in the interview if he was already thinking about Rage 2, to which he answered: “Yes. I mean, I guess we don’t have a formal, official announcement, but, yeah, it’s certainly heading that way.”
He continued: “We don’t have any kind of release date on any of that. The expectation would be that it’s not a brand new engine for Rage 2, since you want people to be able to concentrate on the design. There’s a lot of value that we can add relatively quickly based on our experience with getting this product out the door.
I am, obviously, looking at the next-generation consoles and what we’re going to be doing on there, [and] which titles wind up being crossovers. But it’s clear that when I’m talking about next-gen consoles, there’s no way somebody that’s not basically an appendage of a first party will do something that’s solely for next-gen consoles because so much of the expense is developing the media to target these things. It’s obvious what you do if you got a title on this current generation; the next one you go ahead and you run a 1080p instead of 720i. If you’re a 30 hertz game, you try to push up to 60. Actually, most games will run out of power on the new consoles even before they’ve added all those things onto that.
But I am working on next-generation engine technology…about what we’ll do differently in graphics when we start really thinking about it. It’s likely that the project after Doom 4, the next major one, will be designed to be cross-generational. So we want to have a media strategy session…that we can have something that ships in the quality of Rage on current platforms but actually takes advantage of the next-generation platforms.”
So after Rage gets rated, the team will move on to make Doom 4, after which they begin Rage 2 development.