Bethesda PR VP Pete Hines recently told VG247 that it's very unlikely gamers will see a playable demo of id Software's upcoming first-person shooter RAGE before the game goes retail in September. The news follows Todd Hollenshead's report during QuakeCon 2009, revealing that while a multiplayer beta is unlikely, gamers may see a single-player demo for the PC and Mac.
"It’s something we look at for every game and we do it where possible and where appropriate," Hines said in a phone interview. "But to be perfectly honest, from a technical standpoint, it isn’t always possible. I don’t see a demo for RAGE on the cards."
"I guess it’s not a zero percent chance, but it’s somewhere down on that end of the spectrum," he added.
Currently id Software's RAGE is slated for a September 13 release here in the States, and a September 15 launch date over in Europe for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac OS and Windows PC. Given the overall open-world design of RAGE, it just may not be possible to slice a section for a single-player demo.
Still, gamers eager to get a taste of RAGE can download the $0.99 RAGE: Mutant Bash TV app (also in a $1.99 HD flavor) for Apple's iOS platform. The three-level game doesn't offer open-world gameplay; instead, it throws players on rails in a House of the Dead, arcade-like fashion. The app is great fun and looks awesome in both SD and HD versions, but requires a hefty amount of space.