Rage Preview

This Rage preview gives a quick look at what can be expected from id Software’s upcoming first person shooter, sandbox game!

An asteroid strikes on August 23, 2029, and the few pockets of survivors are forced to begin a new civilization.

The world is populated by human survivors of the impact, who have come together to form settlements around oases and other practical or habitable locations, including racetracks. These fragile homes are diligently defended by the inhabitants against bandits and mutants, which are divided into various gangs and organizations of their own.

The player emerges into this setting after being preserved inside an underground shelter called an Ark. With no memory of his identity or objective, the player is forced to head for the surface to find sustenance and allies.

Rage is due for release on PC (Windows), PS3 and Xbox 360 on October 4th (US) and October 7th (EU) 2011!

The first video in a five-part series, the id team discuss their legacy and newest title Rage, in this developer diary!

The id team discuss the apex and final destruction of civilization in part 2 of this dev. diary.

Look though the various weapons, ammo types, and gadgets you’ll come across in the RAGE wasteland in part 3 of this behind the scene featurette.

The id team talk about creating the wasteland.

The enemies and hostile factions are explored in the last part of this “Making Of” developer diary.

Take a look at this impressive, “Dead City” Gameplay trailer.

And check out the stage demo showcased at this years E3!

Key Features of Rage

Here is a list of key elements that will be available in id Software’s Rage, based on news and announcements made so far.

Racing Elements
Apparently, the environment of Rage is perfectly suited to the rough-and-tumble dune buggy racing seen in games like MotorStorm, as that sort of gameplay will be an important feature in-game. Players will have the ability to augment their cars with various items and upgrades they can gain by completing races, but the game is not specifically a racing title.

Role-Playing Elements
Rage will also feature some role-playing game (RPG) elements—an inventory system and the capabilities of weapons will be based around types of ammo. Players will also have the option to customize their weapons. There will also be side missions available.

Rage has two multiplayer modes: Combat Rally and Legends of the Wasteland. In Combat Rally, up to six players compete in a free-for-all match that takes place in an arena designed to make use of the vehicles. The objective is to collect rally points that appear around the arena while killing your opponents and stealing their points. Legends of the Wasteland is a series of two-player bonus co-op missions based on stories that you hear about as you play the single player campaign.

Hostile Factions
A number of hostile factions of the verse have been confirmed, these include:

  • The Authority: Very little is known about the Authority. While their motives are unclear, they offer rewards to anybody who turns in an Ark Survivor. Obviously, avoiding them is in the player’s best interest.
  • Mutants: While not necessarily organized enough to be a distinct faction, mutants are nonetheless a common presence in the wasteland. Although a few have been wrangled for use in entertainment on Mutant Bash TV, plenty remain loose in the wasteland.
  • The Wasted Clan: A dim-witted bunch that enjoys mechanics, home-brewed alcohol and fighting. The Wasted are most commonly found in (what used to be) industrial areas, where more scrap and parts are on hand for their automotive projects. In fighting, they’ll sacrifice any semblance of tactics for the sheer effectiveness of blunt objects to the face, and prefer to reach for the nearest club and come at the player from any direction they can.
  • The Ghost Clan: Sinister and stealthy, fearsome and fearless. The Ghost Clan deal in the occult and stage gruesome sacrifices in order to gain a seat in the afterlife. Feared by the other clans, Ghosts use the environment to their advantage while fighting – climbing walls and hanging from beams are some of the many ways they evade the player, while their boomerangs provide both melee and ranged opportunities for them to cut intruders to ribbons.
  • The Scorcher Clan: The asteroid Apophis was the steed of a demigod – so says the Scorcher Clan, who believes that tapping the energy of the asteroid will make them invincible. As their name suggests, the Scorchers like fire – lots of it – and they make this abundantly clear with the amount of it they paint onto their bodies and cars. Their leader, a brutal fellow named Reaver, absolutely despises the Shrouded Clan.
  • The Shrouded Clan: Behind the gas masks and orange scarves, they are deserters – the Shrouded Clan is made up of those who abandoned their own clans in disillusionment, and banded together to disguise their identity and motives. They are skilled engineers, and use their cunning to booby-trap their lairs, as well as craft RC bomb cars and automatic turrets.
  • The Jackal Clan: aka “The Jackie Clan”, they are part animal and part human, a savage group of hunters and combatants. The Jackals act more like a pack of wolves on a hunt than a well-trained military force. They adorn their bodies with bones, furs and animal scalps, are savage in nature and vicious in combat.
  • The Gearheads: The Gearheads are the most intelligent of the wasteland’s factions. Not relying solely on brute force for survival, these bandits have built advanced machinery and weaponry. These bandits look to technology for their salvation; some believe that founding members of this group may well have been Ark survivors that gave up on society and went their separate ways.

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