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id Software Delays RAGE

Although Bethesda and id Software have yet to offer a formal announcement, the official RAGE website and GameStop clearly shows that the mutant-infested first-person shooter's launch has been pushed back to October 4, 2011 here in the States, and October 7 in Europe. The game was originally slated to arrive on September 13 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

It's entirely possibly that the delay may be related to the Xbox 360 version. Currently Gears of War 3 is still slated to launch on the console September 20, just days after RAGE's debut. Bethesda may be worried that RAGE, if immediately launched prior Epic's third installment in one of the most popular Xbox 360 franchises to date, may simply get forgotten. Microsoft could have requested the delay as well based on a possible clash.

The delay however could simply mean that the team has a few things to iron out before going gold. After all, it's been in development for over seven years – another few weeks isn't going to hurt anyone. Honestly, it's not surprising given that id Software typically said "it will be done when it's done" prior to the studio's purchase by Zenimax. It isn't the first time an id game has been delayed and certainly won't be the last.

In the meantime, check out our hands-on with RAGE just a few days ago at E3 2011 by heading here. To quote the experience, "RAGE is everything you'd expect from an id Software game (sans the closet monsters): genre-leading graphics, unique and deadly weapons and plenty of things to kill."

We'll update this post if Bethesda and id Software release an official statement.

  • rohitbaran
    Well, better give a polished game than a buggy game a few days earlier.
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  • tinmann
    Do I smell Fear?
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  • hoofhearted
    So the console 360 version is dictating the release? Why not release the PC and PS3 version on time then make the 360 crowd pine for what the true gamers have.
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  • danwat1234
    tinmannDo I smell Fear?You mean the stench of Alma's arm pits?
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  • maxiim
    rohitbaranWell, better give a polished game than a buggy game a few days earlier.
    When have you seen a game released "polished"? They are looking out for their asses not to get stuck by a bigger and better hyped game thats all. Which in fact is sad because I think RAGE will be better then most of these other games.
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  • MxM
    I am outRaged!
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  • maxiimWhen have you seen a game released "polished"? They are looking out for their asses not to get stuck by a bigger and better hyped game thats all. Which in fact is sad because I think RAGE will be better then most of these other games.
    Totally agree. Gears wins on hype alone. Rage is probably a much better game.
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  • ra3tonite
    I hope they have a super ultra ultra high def gfx option for PC. gtx 580 sli bare minimum to run minimum frame rates. Something to really push GPU innovation for the upcoming years... the new crisis pc benchmark standard, so to speak.
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  • joex444
    If they can delay it for arbitrary political reasons, I can refuse to buy it out of principle. Stick to your plan and I'll stick to mine. I don't even know why game companies announce a release date. Half the time it seems they can't even pin down the year. And honestly, what was the last major release that landed on the day they first said was the release date?
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  • joex444And honestly, what was the last major release that landed on the day they first said was the release date?
    Uhhh...Duke Nukem Forever hello!


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