It's finally happened, the Internets have learnt what's really to be expected in id Software's upcoming open-world shooter/racer 'Rage' - it's done "when it's fun".
Naturally the PC version will offer the best visual experience, though controllers are the primary focus because the console market offers the "largest chunk". Regenerating health!
Below is the list of features, courtesy of, that the Game Informer piece spilled:
■ An engineering system to craft devices including sentry turrets and RC car bombs, if you have the blueprints and parts.
■ Your health regenerates--a gift connected to your history.
■ Races and missions are available from hub towns.
■ Vehicular combat is a big part of racing, with power-ups and ammo placed around the courses.
■ Weapon upgrades, such as a scope and aiming stabilisers for a crossbow.
■ Alternate ammo types, including a crossbow bolt which allows you to briefly control victims before they explode.
■ Stealth is an option in combat too.
■ A gladiatorial game show named Mutant Bash TV offers big prize money.
■ A car parts system allows boosts to areas such as acceleration, traction and suspension.
■ Other car upgrades include bombs, a magnet to draw power-ups, tire shredders and EMP shields.
■ Multiplayer modes are currently not finalised.
■ One weapon is a three-tipped boomerang called the 'wingstick,' which will return.
■ The PC version will offer higher resolutions, more anti-aliasing and faster texture page-in times, but the three versions are essentially the same.
The reason for priority on gamepad controllers is simply because "the largest chunk of our market's going to be on consoles," explained John Carmack. "I mean, yes, you can use the mouse for it but it's critical that the controller be the way that we design the game."
A problem exists for the Xbox 360 and the storage capacity of the DVD, whereas the PS3 is just fine with Blu-ray. The team would like to split the game into three DVDs but there are issues with doing that. "We've got two large wastelands on there," said Carmack.
"...we can cut it into two pieces" but "couldn't make an arbitrary cut." Curse corporate pride, if Microsoft would just embrace Blu-ray...
Rage is being released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC "when it's fun and when it's done," which won't be this year but could be late 2010.