Rage 2 was leaked ahead of time and before the E3 event but id Software Director Tim Willits does not mind. He said that is was “quite nice” since Rage 2 did not have to end up competing with the “55,000-ton gorilla” Fallout 76. Willits talked about the positioning of the game and the following is what he had to say in that regard:
That’s why I positioned this as the post-post-apocalyptic game. From the story and the different biomes we’ve created, we tried to evolve the game past the 50 shades of brown we had in Rage and [Rage 2 developer] Avalanche had in Mad Max. So we really embraced the colors, the vibrancy of the personalities, the characters, the story, and of course the marketing, which has done really well for us. You have to be at the top of the scale, otherwise you’re just at that bottom. You’re ballast.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic setting and this discussing led to a very interesting question regarding why we were seeing a post-apocalyptic setting everywhere. There have been multiple movies, games and TV series based on the same setting so why another game? Willits had the following to say in this regard:
The reason we like the setting is it’s grounded in things people can understand, or easily imagine, but it’s set in the future where we can have sci-fi stuff, because we’re a bunch of sci-fi nerds, So we can create these over-the-top weapons and over-the-top creatures, but we can ground it in something people know – ‘Oh yeah, this could be our new future.
Indeed this kind of setting is very relatable and I guess that the other content that we have related to the same setting helps the player understand what is going on and can help players relate to what is going on in the world. He further went on to mention the following:
We can have these high fantasy, sci-fi-type experiences and over-the-top action in a world that people may not be able to directly relate to, but they can relate to it easier than some super fantasy alien world. We don’t have to explain buildings and roads and all that; people understand it, and then they come on the journey with us.
Rage 2 seems to be an interesting game indeed. The game will be released in June 2019 and will be coming to PC, Xbox and PS4.