The run up to the reveal of Rage 2 has been somewhat fitting for a game that seems like it’s going to revolve around chaos and anarchy. 

Between leaks, tongue-in cheek teasers and even more leaks we now officially know that Bethesda is going to be following up 2011’s Rage with a sequel titled Rage 2.

From everything we’ve seen so far Rage 2 will be another post-apocalyptic thrill-ride that will bring players into a world that’s a cross between Mad Max, Fallout and Borderlands. With, of course, the fast-paced shooting we’ve come to know Bethesda games to have.

[Update: Bethesda has unveiled its post-release plans for Rage 2. Expect new vehicles, weapons and enemies as well as some big expansions in 2019.]

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A sequel to 2011’s post-apocalyptic first-person shooter Rage 
  • What can I play it on? PS4, Xbox One and PC 
  • When can I play it? May 14, 2019

Rage 2 release date

Bethesda originally confirmed a Spring 2019 release date, and we now know it’ll be on May 14, 2019. Start your engines, survivors.

Rage 2 trailers

Danny Dyer comes to Rage 2
Yes, you read that correctly. Cockney legend Danny Dyer is lending his dulcet tones to Rage 2, acting as a mentor to players when they activate the Diamond Geezer cheat code.

You can check it out in action below:

Wasteland Superhero trailer
The latest Rage 2 trailer gives us a closer look at weapons and abilities. You can check it out below:

Game Awards 2018 open-world trailer
Not much to add at this point, but this trailer is still a fun MTV-meets-Fallout run-through of the dusty neon wasteland.

QuakeCon 2018 extended gameplay trailer
We’ve already seen quite a bit of Rage 2, but the Eden Assault extended gameplay trailer shown during the QuakeCon 2018 keynote gave us a closer look at the seamless open world, vehicle combat, abilities and enemy convoys. 

Take a look:

E3 2018 gameplay trailer
E3 brought us an extended gameplay trailer of Rage 2 and you can watch this fast-paced adventure for yourself:

Official Trailer
Though many people had already watched it through leaked recordings, the official advertisement for Rage 2 finally launched in 2018 and you can watch it for yourself below. 

Gameplay trailer
Following this somewhat obscure live action footage, Bethesda went on to release a gameplay trailer which gives us a little more of an idea of what we can expect. 

Overall, Rage 2 looks like it’s going to be a fast-paced, chaotic and utterly silly game (in a good way, of course). The trailer promises a more open world, more vehicle gameplay and some seriously big guns. With more expletives than that. Watch it for yourself below:

Rage 2 news and rumors

Post-release roadmap

As if fans weren’t excited enough to get a brand new Rage game on May 14, Bethesda has already outlined its post-release plans for the game from launch until the end of the year. From May through to July, players will see brand new vehicles and weapon skins introduced alongside world and community events for players. 

As soon as August, the game will see its first big expansion, Rise of the Ghosts, which will introduce a new storyline and region as well as more vehicles, weapons and abilities. 

Another significant expansion is slated to release in November, though Bethesda is remaining secretive as to what it will involve when it comes.

System Specs

Rage 2 has now gone gold and we’re racing towards its release date. If you’re thinking about picking it up on PC, you might want to make sure your hardware is up to scratch with Bethesda’s official system specs. 

Rage 2 minimum specs

OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Memory: 8GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB

Storage: 50GB available space

Rage 2 recommended specs

OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)

Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Memory: 8GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB

Storage: 50GB available space

The PC version of the game boasts an uncapped framerate and support for ultra-wide and super ultra-wide resolutions as well as the ability to toggle HUD, motion blur and depth of field. 

Those playing on console won’t need to worry about these pesky specifications but that doesn’t mean no limitations. When it comes to resolutions the PS4 version will run at 1080p/30FPS, while the Xbox One caps out at 900p/30FPS. Those on the 4K consoles, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, can look forward to 1080p/60FPS.

Cheat codes
The Diamond Geezer cheat is just one of the free Rage 2 cheats that will be made available to players. Others include the ‘He’s on Fire’ cheat which sees NBA Jam’s Tim Kitzrow commentating the game and ‘Git Gud’ which sees every enemy going down in one hit.

In addition, Bethesda has promised more cheats will be dropped into the game on a rotating basis, and additional cheats will be added to the lineup post-launch. 

But how can you access Rage 2 cheats? According to Bethesda, the Rage 2 Deluxe Edition comes with three cheats right off the bat. But while these cheats will be accessible to anyone with any version of the game, those without the Deluxe Edition may have a bit more legwork to do.

“Cheats are given to you by the Wasteland Wizard,” senior gameplay programmer Peter Hastings explains on Bethesda’s official blog. “He’s a mystical sage with universe-altering powers, who can be found wandering the wasteland.”

The Wasteland Wizard will sell players cheats for in-game currency (if you can find him), so you don’t have to actually pay real-life money for extra cheats.

QuakeCon 2018
The QuakeCon extended gameplay trailer gave us a closer look at the obstacles we’ll be facing in Rage 2.

Set 30 years after the events of Rage, Rage 2 takes place in the aftermath of a global catastrophe which essentially turned Earth into a wasteland. Although the world is beginning to recover, with wildlife slowly making a return, the Authority is using extreme measures to shape the wasteland in the way it sees fit – even if that means taking out non-mutant humans.

Alongside the Authority, the wasteland is home to an array of bandits and rebels, such as the hyper-violent Goon Squad and the technologically-advanced Immortal Shrouded. Each faction has its own weapons, settlements, combat styles and vehicles. Some even travel in monstrous convoys – but they’re no match for your mortar.

Explore jungle, wetlands and desert biomes on your mission to take down the Authority and cause utter chaos.

E3 2018
Bethesda’s showcase during E3 brought us a little more information about Rage 2 and gave us a good glimpse into how it will play. Players will take up the role of Walker, an orphan of the wasteland fighting to survive. In the gameplay footage we saw a wide open world, a look at some seriously cool off road vehicle and some fast-paced, intense shootouts. 

The gameplay trailer
Our most in depth look at Rage 2 yet has come from the gameplay trailer which was revealed on May 15. This trailer confirms that the game will be released sometime in 2019 and suggests that players will be entering a much more open world than was featured in the original title. The combat looks utterly wild, with big guns and super-fast fluid movement. 

As far as story is concerned, information is still pretty thin on the ground but we do know there will at least be one. Bethesda says that players will take the role of Walker, “the last Ranger of the wasteland.” As Walker “you will tear across an unforgiving wasteland battling sadistic gangs to find the tools and tech needed to crush the oppressive rule of The Authority once and for all.”

The trailer leak
After the Walmart leak, Bethesda managed to claw back some control over Rage 2 with its Twitter campaign which teased a formal reveal and trailer. Only to fall foul of another leak.

Following the teasing that a trailer for Rage 2 would be released on May 14, Gematsu reported that the trailer had leaked in a YouTube pre-roll advert. The trailer apparently revealed in front of several videos tied to gaming on YouTube and outside of Gematsu’s report, Tweets from Wario64 and others appeared online.

The trailer was quickly set to private and anyone that managed to mirror capture the trailer and re-upload it to YouTube has seen their videos taken down. The Twitter captures, however, remain. They show a range of Mad Max-style characters screaming, shooting and lifting weights while plumes of neon smoke billow in the background. 

The Twitter teasing
In response to the Walmart leak, Bethesda did the right thing. It teased Rage 2 by reviving the Rage Twitter account. And teased Walmart. After picking apart Walmart Canada’s font on the leaked game cover, the account started teasing an announcement and trailer for Monday May 14 through a series of images.

Clean up on aisle 6 – Walmart Canada has sprung a big leak 
The first evidence of Rage 2 emerged from a May 2018 leak on Walmart Canada’s website. The retailer published a list of games, some of which hadn’t been announced, to its website. And one of the games which appeared on this list was Rage 2. 

Naturally at this point, Rage 2 wasn’t a certainty since the list did have some spurious titles on it – Forza Horizon 5, for example. However, it also appeared alongside some games we both know are coming such as Beyond Good and Evil 2 and The Last of Us 2, as well as games that haven’t been announced but seem likely such as Gears of War 5 and Splinter Cell. 

(Image credits: Bethesda)

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