id Software's John Carmack has finally provided an update as to when modders will finally get their hands on a toolset for Rage. The post-apocalyptic shooter was supposed to ship with modding tools when it arrived on the Windows PC platform last October. Now, a year later, there's still no sign of the promised toolset.
"BFG work pushed the Rage tools, but Real Soon Now. I hope. Sigh. I think we have made poor decisions on this all year," Carmack said via Twitter.
The BFG Edition of Doom 3 launched just over a week ago, bringing with it tweaks, revisions, and a set of new single-player missions. At its heart, Doom 3 still remains the same although the pacing seems a little faster – and definitely brighter – than the original 2004 release. The console version received the biggest facelift, transitioning from the outdated Xbox graphics to a more PC-like modernized appearance for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
But now the studio's focus has likely shifted entirely over to Doom 4. As Joystiq points out, the studio had better crank out the Rage tools soon before they get too engrossed in pushing the fourth Doom title onto the Oculus Rift headset. Later down the road the team may be less likely to make time for an outdated shooter and a forgotten modding toolset.