id Software Releases New RAGE Screens

Wednesday id Software released three new screenshots from its upcoming shooter RAGE, the first set to be released since May 2010. The official website has also been updated on the visual front, and even announces an actual release date for all three versions: September 13, 2011.

The new screenshots released today-- distributed by Bethesda and seen below-- reveal a crossbow in action as it takes down a mutant. Another screenshot in Wednesday's batch shows four vehicles in combat as they race against a spectacular backdrop. The third image reveals a town mayor looking as if he was pulled straight out of an old Western.

"RAGE features intense first-person shooter action, breakneck vehicle combat, an expansive world to explore and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id’s revolutionary id Tech 5 technology," reads Bethesda's promotional quote. "Set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, you emerge into a vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as bandit gangs, mutants, and more. From the pioneers of first-person shooter gameplay, RAGE promises an experience like no other."

RAGE is heading to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC in September 2011.

  • lashabane
    It looks a little bit like Borderlands. I might have to check this one out.
  • Soul_keeper
    I'm impressed.
    Here's to hoping there is a linux installer :)
  • ID makes good engines, but their games haven't been good for a quite a few years now. I feel pessimistic about Rage and I think it will turn out like Doom 3.
  • campb292
    I feel pessimistic about Rage and I think it will turn out like Doom 3.

    What are you talking about? Doom 3 was / is a great game with really addictive fun multiplayer. It is more like arcade style multiplayer - nothing too tricky but little things to do that separate good from not.

    I am not that impressed with the look of Rage. I hope it turns out better in motion.
  • Zeh
    Expansive world, Bethesda, future, wasteland, bandit gangs, mutants.
    With all these words in the same paragraph, I can't help but notice this is a mix of Fallout and Borderlands. I will of course have to check it out to see if I end up being right.
  • tpi2007
    Those graphics look too... 2005/2006. Xbox 360/PS3, that is.

    With all the CPU, GPU and RAM horsepower we have nowadays, the PC version could look a lot better.

    I'm hoping it does, but I don't think it will. At that town mayor's face looks as though they we also not the ones making any improvement whatsoever in facial animation. It's a big part of a game. If you can convey true to life characters, the whole game will look more realistic.

    Why is it that only Valve has done anything about it so far ? And that was in 2004, with Half-Life 2! They have continually improved it, including the latest Left for Dead 2 (although the game's action is so frantic I doubt many people noticed it).

    Crytek promised facial animation improvements for Crysis 2. Let's see if they deliver.

    It's actually something that bewilders me. All animated movies you watch in the cinema would be dubbed as crap if they didn't feature decent facial animation; somehow in the PC gaming realm it doesn't seem to matter when giving out the scores.

    Why is it only Valve cared until now ? Has anybody forgotten Alyx's expressions and how they bring the game an extra layer of realism ?
  • notuptome2004
    commenting on TPI2007s comment

    if you watched last years Xbox 360 game play demo of Rage you would know a couple of things or more.

    1. the character animations are like nothing ever seen in a game each of them are uniquely different

    2. the graphics are like nothing you have ever seen on the 360 before with as much detail as there is including the real-time animations that are like i said above like nothing you have seen before and all of this is running @ 60FPS with no lag.

    3. the Id Tech 5 engine is very much super scaler engine and made to scale based on hardware now and in the future to some point and that if you have a 16 core CPU the engine will thread as much out as possible and use your resources.

    4. this is for everyone but Rage was in the works long before Borderlands was even a thought in the minds of Gearbox and now bethesda and Id software are 2 entities under 1 roof now so any simularties to Fall-out are just inspired by moments.

    5. Rage in the beging was a 50/50 game 50% FPS 50% racing but from what Todd and the rest of Id software have said since then is that it is an Open but directed FPS with some racing elements and minor RPG elements implemented . you can upgrade your vehicles customize them as you can with your weapons and or add different elements of other weapons together to create something new but beyond that that is about all the RPGish there is.

    i am missing some things i am sure but anyways it will be an awesome ride
  • b23h
    Whew.... same old comments. Why is it that so many people rag so hard on id? I'm forty nine; I played Doom when it came out, some of Hexen and by the time Quake came out I was burned out on FPS and ignored Quake. At that point I started playing stuff like Fallout and Command and Conquer. I know, who cares! What I will say is that when id releases something they at least get my attention.

    I have a certain amount of lack of respect for the same old comments about Fallout 3/Borderlands and Rage. Let's not get too Jungian on y'all, but there is an X amount of archetypes out there. Some of those archetypes are mixed and matched into something new, but overall there are a lot of shared features in games within a particular genre. So if you are sharp, you will realize that there is a tautology when you say a game is in a genre.

    I really don't care that there are some similarities in a broad brush. So there are bandits, or the environment is destroyed and therefore a "wasteland." That’s a genre that many time I'd rather play in anyway. So if any game that may have share some aspects with 1988's "Wasteland" is horribly derivative, or if you just can't stomach a FPS with guns, or an outerspace epic of some sort; then why are you yakking at us, use that fat brain of yours to create a new genre. Good luck with that.

    Personally I'm looking forward to playing it. I loved Fallout 1/2/3, Tactics and Borderlands; but I am very interested in id's new engine and at what they've come up with.....
  • b23h

    It’s best not to make unwarranted assumptions. Notuptome2004 mentioned the Xbox 360 pretty much because that was what it was demo’d on. He explicitly mentioned that the engine is set to scale up so “that if you have a 16 core CPU the engine will thread as much out as possible and use your resources.” Unless you know something that we don’t that’s most likely a reference to PC’s. I do the vast majority of my gaming on my PC. I’ve only owned a Xbox 360 for a few years now, as I bought it to play Mass Effect on. I'm looking forward to playing Rage.

    As to if the iD Tech 5 engine will be represent nothing new for PC’s, we will have to wait and see. My guess is that it will be a step forward. To keep my analysis within the genre many people are mentioning; I have little doubt it will represent a huge step forward from Gamebyro and likely a step beyond Unreal 3. I am a little disappointed the iD Tech 5 engine will not use DirectX 10 API.
  • spellbinder2050
    My question is, where are the Doom 4 screen shots?