id not Rage-ing in '09

CEO Todd Hollenshead tells GameTrailers his studio's open-world postapocalyptic actioner won't arrive on the Mac, PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 this year.

Until it issues a definitive proclamation, id Software traditionally responds to inquiries about a game's release date with the mantra "When it's done." However, this past weekend saw an exception to that rule when Todd Hollenshead let slip that the Doom developer's upcoming game Rage won't arrive in 2009.

"2010?! But I'm bloodthirsty now!"

"No, it won't be out this year," the id CEO stated flatly in a GameTrailers TV interview posted last Friday. Geoff Keighley, the show's host, later confirmed the negative statement via his Twitter feed.

The news comes as a blow to those anticipating Rage, which was first shown to the public at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2007. In development for the Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, the not-quite-open-world action game will let players drive around a postapocalyptic hellscape, Road Warrior-style.

Instead of said film's mohawked motorcyclists in seatless chaps, the game features bloodthirsty mutants who roam the wastelands between human settlements. To fight them off, players will be able to mount all manner of weapons on their vehicles, as outlined in GameSpot's QuakeCon preview.

With Rage not due until 2010 at the earliest, only one game bearing the id label will arrive this year. The suburban-Dallas-based studio is executive-producing Wolfenstein, the relaunch of the Nazis-meet-demons franchise in development at Madison, Wisconsin-based Raven Software. id is also in the early stages of development on Doom 4, the latest installment in its genre-establishing shooter series.

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119 comments
PG213
PG213

why hasn't this been set straight yet ? He clearly says 'It'll be out this year'.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Oh well. Can't really complain considering Borderlands is arriving before Halloween. Not that they're that similar, but they look as though they'll satisfy the same interests, and Borderlands looks to be a better game. Still can't wait for Rage though...

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

Doom 4 better not be like part 3 because that was boring as hell! I would rather see them updating Doom's basic *left right* shooting to todays FPS standards and bring back all the old demons and some new,update there looks to todays standards of awesomeness and bring it back to the mindless demon shooter that it was! not the *scare moment* game that it became that was crap.

JACKAL1883
JACKAL1883

I can't wait to see ID's Tech 5 engine in action. it's a bummer i won't see it this year but i can't get mad they are building a new engine so take your time and do it right ID. then you will see ID Tech 5 engine at the start of every game instead of unreal.

X-RS
X-RS

considering hearing about all the layoffs from other companies, it ain't much of a surprise.

TheImporter
TheImporter

Okay, so I might not be going crazy, because I swear I heard him say "No, it'll be out this year." Good to know I'm not alone.

funnysplay
funnysplay

I dont know that much about rage, other than it looks freakin awsome! But if they need an extra year to make it that much better ill wait. Not like i got a choice now anyway.

funnysplay
funnysplay

I dont know that much about rage, other than it looks freakin awsome! But if they need an extra year to make it that much better ill wait. Not like i got a choice now anyway.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I can't wait for both Wolfenstein and Rage; I'm kind've disappointed that Rage wouldn't make it this year.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

solidstein "if any of you people truly think the next MS console will have Blu-Ray you are truly mistaken why would MS make a console were they would have to pay royaltys to sony for every disc they make " For the same reason Sony make laptops & Desktop PC's and having to pay MS for every single unit they make, TO MAKE MONEY! Blu Ray has obviously taken off and has been accepted as the 'Next Medium' therefore MS will simply follow suite. BR isnt really a major requirement at the moment, but as this game shows, it will become neccesary to hold game data (excluding mind numbing FMV).

gmreedy
gmreedy

@matt He's probably saying it was the first "good" FPS out there, making it the grandaddy of all FPS's. And yes, Gamespot is wrong, its coming out this year.

Henninger
Henninger

That sucks. I wuz lookin 4ward 2 this game.

paul52181
paul52181

fix your article gamenotonspot, because wolfenstein was before doom....

guardofdead
guardofdead

if you listen closely the guy askes ,will it be out this year or next year, and then the game guy says no, it WILL be out this year ( as he shakes his head yes)

mattcake
mattcake

Since when was Doom a "genre founder"? To say that in the same sentence as referencing Wolfenstein and to not realise Wolfenstein 3D came first is sacriligeous :) Shame on you gamespot :P Yes I'm old :)

Yawhat
Yawhat

ok if you go on to the gametrailers vid he says no, we'll be out this year. on top of that if you put you mouse over the bar where the rage talk starts it says ids 2009 opus rage exposed. it will be out this year. this is the third site ive seen make this mistake.

squidracerX
squidracerX

I can't tell what he said in the video :P It was either - HOST: "So we are probably looking at NEXT YEAR release right? not this year?". ID GUY: "No, we'll be out this year." or ID GUY: "No, it wont be out this year." But I can't tell which!? Either way i don't care i have enough games to play.....

Fed__X
Fed__X

Why wouldn't microsoft want Blu-ray? You can have like 60 something layer disk! maybe they should do some reasearch on an UBER CD-Rom Format or some kind of ultra FLOPPY.

solidstein
solidstein

First off i believe he said it wont come out this year second off if any of you people truly think the next MS console will have Blu-Ray you are truly mistaken why would MS make a console were they would have to pay royaltys to sony for every disc they make there not gonna help there competition. they have already stated that it is cheaper to buy a xbox360 and a standalone blu-ray. finally the new MS console wont be out for another 2-4 years if that and if anything microsoft and playstation wont come out with new consoles they will prolly just come up with some upgrades i mean playstation has said they want there console to last for 10 y

necronaux
necronaux

But we'll have Wolfenstein to hold us over. Cool.

Bytor60150
Bytor60150

You guys need to clean out your ears. He clearly said, "Naw, it won't be out this year." =P

siiixon
siiixon

havent been able to play a decent PC game since battlefield2, quality of games went really down hill... i huess i have to wait around a lot longer to be able to play with a new game for more then a day with out getting bored

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

"No, it won't be out this year" - he said.And it doesn't matter?

0678
0678

daikatana syndrome woooo!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I wonder if its because it reportedly requires the storage only 'Blu Ray' can support as a previous interview with the ID CEO indicated that the sheer size of the game meant that it would simply be impossible to use the DVD9 format, therefore waiting till the release of the next MS console which will undoubtedly have blu ray. Sounds fishy to me.

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

ok, I just watched the video a second time after reading this article and I still think he said "No, it'll be out this year". So wtf?

otanikun
otanikun

Would be nice to know the exact reason why, other than something as monotone sounding as " No, it won't be out this year." Probably more game addages or something, if it " Won't be out this year." it better be worth the delay.

TheImporter
TheImporter

I watched this episode last night, and I could swear I heard Todd say "It'll be out this year."

DaDumb1
DaDumb1

It would be nice to have Doom 4 by next year, but I imagine by the time it's released it will be on PS4 and 720 (as well as PS3 and 360)

xmitchconnorx
xmitchconnorx

I would have liked it sooner but Id knows what they're doing, good to see that they're taking their time.

EXxile
EXxile

I saw this coming. I would've really liked to get my hands on this game this year, but hey, if its not ready then I'll wait. The game looks great.

Lyca
Lyca

Really lookin forward to Wolfy but there are so many games that I want due to a lot of releases recently. I'm sure I can wait a lill while longer as long as its worth it.

msharki
msharki

Yeah there are a lot of games out there that could have used some more development time to make a good product.

JackBurton
JackBurton

Too bad more devs don't subscribe to id's "when it's done" mantra.

Quadster
Quadster

I'm planning to have upgraded my machine by the time ID bring out Doom 4 and Rage, fingers crossed my new AM3 rig will be able to handle what ever ID would like to throw at us as my Ageing 939 system was able to play both quake 4 and Doom 3 quite well.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Haven't really been paying attention to Rage as it has very hits of Doom about it. What did catch my eye was the news that they are working on Doom 4. I wonder if that'll be a remake of Doom 2 or a new instalment in the series?

Stalker700
Stalker700

Wait,I saw the interview,the developer said "no,it will be out this year.." Or did I misheard...?

nappan
nappan

@jinzo9988: Heh, if anyone proved the "when it's done" defense DOES have the potential to work, it'd be Valve. HL2 was delayed like nothing else, and it, with all due respect to id, was a masterpiece.Then there is the dark side... DNF....

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I can only hope to work for a company like id when I graduate as a programmer. The "When it's done." mantra is so much better than arbitrary deadlines that mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.

robboy2
robboy2

Well Cmon when does Wolfenstein come out then and Doom3 was awesome!

BloodMist
BloodMist

Make it a quality game, ID, unlike Doom 3.

sammyseal2
sammyseal2

I think ill be happy with fallout 3 for 2009 not to mention prototype and resident evil, so i think im not that dissapointed.

Adziboy
Adziboy

@thesaxmaniac: Where did you get those quotes from? They look nothing like what's in the text. "No, it won't be out this year" sums it all up quite well; nothing like "ah, no, we'll be out this year".

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

Darn, i was looking forward to this one this year. Oh well, next year it is.

marinamanson
marinamanson

to the saxmaniac "No, it won't be out this year," That seems to be pretty obvious