Bethesda gave Rage 2 its moment in the spotlight during the QuakeCon 2018 keynote address, offering a seven-minute extended look at the upcoming shooter and all sorts of fresh details. If you like your apocalypse full of insane vehicles, insane weapons, insane baddies and insane action, then Rage 2 might be the game for you.
Covering everything from DOOM Eternal to The Elder Scrolls Online and beyond, this year's QuakeCon has proven to be a treasure trove of information for all things Bethesda. They're clearly trying to make sure Rage 2 gets everyone's attention, as the above video was one of the major components of the event's main conference. In it, we get a few details about the game's story, which is set 30 years after the first Rage. You've been forced to leave your home and, as is usually the case in these types of games, you end up pissing off quite a few of the world's factions.
In the video, we see the player attack an enemy convoy, as well as call a damn upgrade pod down from space. Along the way, we get a look at the Overdrive and Shatter abilities, lots of insane weapons and a faction of enemies known as The Goon Squad. The open world will be littered with various factions, each offering their own challenges and attack styles. As far as over-the-top shooters go, it looks like Rage 2 is coming along nicely.
What's really interesting is that Avalanche and id Software's individual fingerprints are all over this game. As for id, they were behind the original Rage, which didn't get a lot of love from fans or critics. And then there's Avalanche, who most recently worked on the Mad Max game that people seemed to enjoy but, again, didn't get much attention. It feels like someone at Bethesda was looking at a side-by-side video of these two games and then had a light bulb moment, deciding to smash them together in order to create something new that takes advantage of both of their strengths.
Just from watching this latest gameplay footage, it looks like Avalanche got to refine their best ideas and make Mad Max 2, but set in the less familiar world of id's Rage. The result feels bigger, faster and more explosive than either of those properties on their own, which might end up making for a top-notch shooter.
Only revealed a few months ago following an unfortunate mini-concert from Andrew W.K. in front of an E3 audience that, sadly, was not ready to party hard, this second look at Rage 2 seems even more promising than the first. We're getting a better feel for the game and its insane world, which certainly appears to be a lot of fun to stomp about in. Set to launch sometime next spring, we're definitely looking forward to following this one closely.