Rage 2 is a real game. After Bethesda decided not to deny a recent leak of the game, it’s officially announced the game is indeed in the works with its first trailer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t showcase any gameplay, but that’s just around the corner. Subsequently, an official website has provided us with a few more details–including one of the developers.
Rage 2’s first trailer is comprised almost entirely of live action. A variety of characters who wouldn’t look out of place in Mad Max’s world can be seen fighting, wielding weapons, and… lifting weights. It doesn’t provide any real indication of what to expect from the game, though it does seem to suggest the possibility of a somewhat lighthearted tone (or as lighthearted as can be in a post-apocalyptic world). It features the Andrew WK song “Ready to Die.”
Bethesda said that a gameplay trailer will follow soon after this one; that video is due out on Tuesday, May 15. That’s set to drop at the same time that this one did, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST (12 AM AET on May 16). The company didn’t share anything more, including a release date or platforms, though PC, PS4, and Xbox One seem like fair assumptions.
The official Bethesda website has been updated with an area devoted to Rage 2, and it reveals a bit more than the trailer. Answering the question of what Rage 2 is, it states, “Dive headfirst into a dystopian world devoid of society, law, and order. Rage 2 brings together a true open-world FPS experience where you can go anywhere, shoot anything, and explode everything.” Additionally, the footer of the site notes that it was developed “in association” with Avalanche Studios, the studio responsible for the Just Cause series. It also developed 2015’s Mad Max game.
A recent leak on Walmart Canada’s website seemingly spilled the beans on games that many assumed were planned for E3 2018 reveals. It’s unclear if that’s the case with Rage 2, but Bethesda opted not to take the usual route of declining to comment. Instead, Rage’s Twitter account jokingly made suggestions about problems with the listing, and Bethesda’s account began sending out numerous teaser images.
Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference is set for Sunday, June 10. The company recently teased that it might be its longest one ever, although beyond Rage 2’s inevitable appearance, we know little else about what will be included.
This story has been updated with additional details.