The cat is officially out of the bag—Rage 2 is in development, and rather than try to hide it any longer, Bethesda is embracing the hype by releasing the first gameplay trailer. To say that the action looks wild is, well, a wild understatement. The trailer depicts a whole lot of mayhem, which is exactly what you would expect if the world were to ever go belly up, leaving in its wake apocalyptic ruins and crazed factions unbound by laws of the land.
"In Rage 2, you’ll dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. You can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything. The game brings together two studio powerhouses—Avalanche Studios, masters of open world mayhem and id Software, gods of the first-person shooter—to deliver a carnival of carnage," Bethesda explains.
The game's setting is well over 100 years into the future after most of humanity's been wiped out by an asteroid. By the looks of things, be thankful that you'll already be pushing up daisies by then. You roam the open roads as Walker, the last Ranger of the wasteland, and you are dead set on destroying The Authority and ending its oppressive rule. Your motivation extends beyond the greater good, however, as you've been "robbed of your home and left for dead."
"In the year 2185, humanity’s numbers are dwindling. Ruthless and bloodthirsty gangs roam the open roads and the tyrannical Authority seek to rule who remains with an iron fist," Bethesda adds.
According to an accompanying press release, you'll get to visit a variety of post-apocalyptic terrain, "from lush jungles and treacherous swamps to sun-scorched deserts." There will also be plenty of upgradeable weapons, though Bethesda insists Rage 2 is "more than a shooter" and "more than an open world game—it's a shooterverse."
Rage 2 is slated to release sometime in the spring of next year and will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.