id Software doesn’t want you to forget that Rage — its next-generation first-person-shooter — exists. So here’s a handful of lovely new screenshots that show some of the impressive visuals the game has to offer.
Rage been in the works for at least four years now, having been first announced way back in 2007. The game sends you to a post-nuclear-apocalyptic land, where you’ll fight for your life against terrifying mutants, engage in breakneck vehicular combat, and explore a vast new world full of colorful characters and fascinating locales. Pundits have drawn similarities to Fallout 3 and Borderlands, and from these screens, it’s easy to see why. But it’s from id, so you know it’s going to offer an experience all its own.
Rage is built on id’s new “id Tech 5” engine, which ups the ante from the Doom 3 engine with all sorts of new bells and whistles — not the least of which are bright, expansive, outdoor environments. No id game in history has quite managed to master the art of huge, fully-explorable outdoor settings, but Rage looks to fix that, with seamless transitions between inside and out, and plenty of fast-paced vehicle action through the ruined plains and valleys of this strange world. It’s a definite departure from the company that gave us the basic FPS game mechanic — fighting through hellish 3D environments against hordes of demonic monsters — in games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, and then polished that mechanic with each new release. Rage is a feast of a completely different flavor, offering a deep, immersive, fully-realized open world with RPG elements added to the mix.
id Software has also just relaunched rage.com in anticipation of the game’s September 13th release for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.