Bethesda publishing Rage

Following id Software acquisition, Zenimax Media buys out EA's rights to release postapocalyptic shooter on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac.

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At its 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference show-stopper, EA announced that it had acquired the rights to publish id Software's postapocalyptic action game Rage through its EA Partners program. However, this June, that deal got a bit fuzzy when the parent company of Fallout 3 publisher Bethesda Softworks--Zenimax Media--bought id, along with its properties, such as Doom, Quake, and Rage, after raising $105 million in funding.

Bethesda is feeling id's Rage.

After Zenimax announced the acquisition, EA said that it had retained the rights to publish Rage, which has not yet been dated for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Mac. However, that changed today, as Zenimax announced that Rage will now be published by its subsidiary Bethesda Softworks.

Zenimax explicitly noted that EA will no longer be involved in any way with the game's sale or marketing. Bethesda's parent company further stated that Rage's development will not be affected by the change in publisher.

"In keeping with EA’s initiative to focus on fewer hits, we have ended our publishing agreement with ZeniMax," EA said in a statement provided to GameSpot. "We wish the very best outcome for the id team on what we believe will be an extraordinary game."

Last month, EA canceled more than a dozen games as part of its shift to "focus on titles with higher [profit] margin opportunities." The move was accompanied by a headcount reduction of 1,500, or roughly 17 percent of the publisher's workforce.

Rage is set on a postapocalyptic Earth in the midst of recovering from an asteroid collision. Players assume the role of a survivor who was stashed away inside an ark prior to the asteroid hit and has been subsequently outfitted with an array of performance-enhancing nanotechnology. More than just a first-person shooter, the game also has a heavy racing combat element.

Check out GameSpot's first look at Rage's shooting, driving, and story for more information.

Discussion

202 comments
kdawg88
kdawg88

Hey - as long as its not EA, I'm happy!

ShipwreckX
ShipwreckX

Keep in mind that "id" is the primary maker of this game, not Bethesda, and rember what games id made. Doom 1, 2, 3 and some of the Wolfenstein and Quake games. So stop with the "its gonna be a crapy shooter".

jacobmjl
jacobmjl

omg...bethesda taking over a shooter is not good...sure oblivion and fallout were awesome but remember the core real time shooting of fallout? it sucked. and wet the mediocre acrobatic shooter. don't forget rogue warrior. the Navy Seal game that recieved a 2.0/10 on gamespot

Kingofkings2128
Kingofkings2128

Looks good this game, I had lost interest about 6 months back after not hearing about it for a while but looks good and I don't care what ppl say it is Fallout 3 just with vehicles but that was great so this has the potential to be even better.

GreaseyJuggler
GreaseyJuggler

No cake for EA. Clearly their priority is dollar signs and not a reputation for quality or excellence.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Hooray now that the game is out of EA's hands it will probably not suck!!

fullmetalpwner9
fullmetalpwner9

not that that makes it totally different, but i doubt it'll be as similar to fallout 3 as everyone seems to think it will...

fullmetalpwner9
fullmetalpwner9

hmmmmmm..... except that fallout 3 didn't have a customizable battle-racing element...

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Is it just me, or is Bethesda a Wasteland monopoly?

HighRisk12345
HighRisk12345

i would like to see some game play & know the release dat because knowing how long it takes Id to make a game rage might be out of dat before it is released. i hope it will be released before the PS4 & xbox720.

N4Red_NYC
N4Red_NYC

Yeah I agree Fallout 3 and Borderlands FPS. Another wasteland game. At least it look mad cool, so I can not wait !

sk21
sk21

Beh makes great games.. but this looks a bit too close to FO3.

lbptoady
lbptoady

Looks like Fallout 3. at 00:51 thats like Megaton. A wasteland that also looks identical to fallout 3.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

payne, how does this game remind you of Doom (set on Mars in the distant future in a tech-base and in hell) and Quake (set in gothic castles and ruins)? It's post-apocalyptia! It's totally different! Don't be so eager to dismiss things as derivative.

MetallicFPSNut
MetallicFPSNut

@Crimsom xWolfx You actually have a point there. One of the hosts of Top Gear once ran a track in California on Gran Turismo 4 in 1:42, but could barely get to 2 minutes when he tried it for real. This is actually a game that I'm looking forward to, since it combines two of my favorite genres (FPS and Combat Racing)

Crimson_xWolfx
Crimson_xWolfx

@megamega777 Exactly, except it might be better and the end of the world wasn't caused by a **** ton of nuclear bombs. Hopefully by 2011 it's perfected and visually stunning.. I mean come on, 2011? @meateater79 Please, that made my brain hurt from the amount of stupidity.. just don't think that thought again because it's ridiculous and inane. Just because you play a racing game, that doesn't make you a god damn expert at racing, or a post apocalyptic game doesn't make you a survival expert. While there is simulations for such, these games in general could not help you in anyway.

megamega777
megamega777

looks like if Borderlands and Fallout 3 had a child, this would pop out.

meateater79
meateater79

With all the games set in a postapocalyptic future (Rage, Fallout 3, Borderlands to a degree), us gamers are gonna be more prepared for a real postapocalyptic world than anyone else. Maybe the game developers know something we don't?

h2k47
h2k47

EA out of this game .. guess it means its driving is screwed,,when was the last time ID released a racing game?? sure their RTCW was one of a kind but there was no racing in that eh..

oneligas
oneligas

The faster this game gets out the faster DOOM4 gets out. Get RAGE out now damn it.

Elygamer
Elygamer

Looks like a Fallout on roids.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

i dont care who is publishing it... just give me the price & a release date.

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

Well....can't say anything but that this is good news. I've got nothing against Bethesda. Altho Wet and Rogue Warrior made me frown....

gradiostation
gradiostation

Good, something that has a chance to make everyone forget that Rogue Warrior and Wet happened. Rage has been looking pretty good, can't wait to try it out.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Good to know this change is putting Id's house in order, Rage is gonna kick ass......

JKG33
JKG33

this looks good

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

@Fogshie7277- "who the hell is id never heard of them before" I truly hope you are joking...if not then that means you are extremely young and chances are soon Chris Hanson will be banging down my door doing a Catch a Predator special.

liam82517
liam82517

ID pretty much gave birth to the first person shooter. not only are you showing your age youre showing your ignorance!

1425678786655
1425678786655

lol sounds like fallout 3 sorta.. :o i wanna get borderlands but if this is supposed to be both of those combined..?? lol maybe i should just wait for htis :o

Fogshie7277
Fogshie7277

@Paladin_King Oh, well thanks but I just don't really want to buy those games don't seem to really interest me.

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

@Fogshie7277 I think you might be showing your (young) age. id is John Carmack's company, responsible for the creation of the Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein franchises, though they only published the most recent Wolfenstein title.

Fogshie7277
Fogshie7277

I looks ok but I'd rather get Borderlands. Still I think a Fallout 4 would be a better idea. BTW who the hell is id never heard of them before.

Rett18
Rett18

boarderlands+fallout3=rage

Adziboy
Adziboy

I do not like Bethesda as a publisher. They market their games stupidly and not enough, and don't seem anywhere near capable of publishing. They need to stick with developing.

drsla
drsla

Looks like Borderlands

Shadow_th
Shadow_th

The newest Wolfenstein was made by Raven, not iD. I feel it can be a very good game because it seems like the first time in a while that iD tries to do something new in the FPS games, they look focused on it, and the driving/shooting combination can be fun. I miss those games.

cspiffo
cspiffo

@jazilla, id is a first party developer for Bethesda. They were bought earlier this year.

jazilla
jazilla

Bethesda doesn't publish third party titles well. Sure they do a great job on the games they develop themselves, but not so much when it comes to just being a publishing house. This scares me for a game I had some interest in with Rage.

payne6705
payne6705

idk why I am just not excited for this game I loved almost every ID game I even enjoyed the newest wolfenstein and plan on buying it soon but this game idk I just don't like it the game reminds me of a racing game mixed with quake and doom...not my idea of fun

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

Ok for everyone here who's worried about this game being another Fallout 3 (great game by the way, what's wrong with that??)...Bethesda is the PUBLISHER. They are not the development team. I'm sure that this new publishing company for the game would see that it would be in thier best interests to leave all of id Software's development ideas intact.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

Bethesda is a developer and part of the Zenimax software publisher. ID have teamed with bethesda under Zenimax. Just to clarify, although the 2 dev said they probably wont join forces. This means ID will still produce SHOOTERS like Doom not RPG's like Oblivion.

gamehog5
gamehog5

glad EA lost this, those money mongering Ba$terds always seem to lame it up, for the sake of ripping the consumer off, mind you Bethesda isn't much better these days. sigh whats happened to the gaming industry these days.

swmeek
swmeek

Awesome looking game ! definitely going to have grab this one!

RufusChambers
RufusChambers

Welp, as long as they don't just take Fallout 3, cross out the name and write "Rage" in it's place, we might be fine. Kinda getting sick of Bethesda's one trick pony-ing.

DaGamingDude
DaGamingDude

î played every id game in the history and yes i will play this one

atc-fanatic
atc-fanatic

im very intrested in this title.this looks like a must by for me.and it really helps that john carmack behind this he really knows how to polish a game up.by the way a lot of people are coomenting saying ea is making this game there not its id software.the makers of doom,quake and the creators of good game engines being used in many titles.

pudgexd
pudgexd

Hope this is release by late 2010 at least.

Asheileon
Asheileon

Reed the text and thought..... mad max + fallout + borderlands, meah :( Then I watched the vid and thought..... !!!!!!!!!!!!!! this will be 1000000000000000000 times more kickass then those games....and movie. BTW was that guy taking a crap ? (01.09)

Excedra
Excedra

oh wait, this is gonna be game of the year......aww halo please be awesome!!!!!!

dudu22
dudu22

i didn´t see nothing new... Fallout 3 with Borderlands? with Doom 3?!