Rage getting a tie-in novel

Bethesda announces book based on postapocalyptic game coming August 30; penned by game writer Matt Costello, published by Del Rey.

Earlier this month Bethesda announced its partnership with Dark Horse that will bring gamers a prequel comic book series based on the Rage universe. On top of that, now Bethesda has announced it will also release a tie-in novel for the upcoming action game.

Rage requires reading this August.

The novel, simply titled Rage, will launch in North America on August 30. It was penned by Matt Costello, who also was a contributing writer to the story from the game. Rage the novel will be published in North America by Del Rey and Ebury Publishing in the United Kingdom, where it will also be released on August 30.

As for the novel, Rage will dive deeper into the Rage universe by exposing readers to the gritty and dangerous postapocalyptic world that protagonist Lt. Nick Raine must traverse. A line from the book's description reveals that players will enter a "new society where might is right, mutants plague the Earth, and 'friend' is a term for the person who hasn't stabbed you in the back."

Due out September 13 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, Rage will combine first-person shooter gameplay with open-world vehicle combat as players fight off mutants and roving gangs of bandits. It won't be all shooting and driving, as players will need to visit neutral zones to take bounties, customize their cars, and chat up the locals. The developer has described the game as "open but directed," not necessarily requiring players to complete every mission immediately and giving them some freedom to wander.

For more on the title, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Rage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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25 comments
Naicco
Naicco

Well isnt this just a funny thing, lol :P

DKant
DKant

Somehow I'm not really getting into the look of the game. Technically impressive as always, the enemy animations look pretty sweet but the color palette and character design look like tweaked versions of Doom (III of course). Maybe I need to see the more open-world gameplay videos. I've seen enough trailers for this.

brownboyd
brownboyd

waiting patiently for this game to come out... should be fun and hope it has long a campaign and focus on single player experience... lots of games these days lack that....

it009x9281
it009x9281

First saw this game talked about in 2007 and they said they where going make this a blu-ray/HD dvd game(whichever won the hi-def war) cant see that happening now:(

TheTrueObelus
TheTrueObelus

Not sold on this game yet. Seems like Fallout with better graphics but less character. Where's the story hook? What new gameplay mechanic are they giving us?

Cthulad
Cthulad

I'll pick up the book also. I like reading, and I think this will be a good expansion on the world. I have been following Rage for a little while now, and it has been very intriguing to say the least.

masterdude192
masterdude192

Ya Im still a bit skeptical on rage.. Idk it just feels so.. overdone now.

oneligas
oneligas

Books are good but they should of been like everyone else and just release a second rate straight to the store anime-cartoon movie oh wait this is a whole lot better idea

Gruug
Gruug

Waiting for this one but really waiting for BRINK.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Barighm hmm...sorry rdr is a geat game but i just dont see how it is similar to this...maybe its the picture that reminded you of rdr, that guy sure looks like a cowboy :) but anyway i dont think it will be anything like rdr, here's a few reasons: - FPS not 3rd person - completely different time period and setting - cars not horses - modern and made up weapons - completely different looking play style - etc.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

game looks incredible...but dont know about a novel based on a game? never tried reading one so anyone read many books based on games? if so are they often good?

pest-x
pest-x

@Barighm Yeah right, because all game must be like red dead redemption, st*pid console gamer, can you imagine how much game rdr copied?

pest-x
pest-x

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MuffintopX
MuffintopX

@raptures330 I'd wager the game still has to be good, like the others that you listed for example, in order for people to buy the multi-tie-in products in the first place. The universe doesn't sell itself without a strong game title as a launching point. It just seems now the industry is confident the game is going to be good so they are getting a head start on the merch.

dylan417
dylan417

I'm down with that if it's just one, not a whole series like Halo...

raptures330
raptures330

Heh, tie-in novel. The Mass Effect comics were popular enough (not to speak for the Halo novels). This is going to become the norm as we go forward. Companies no longer want to make a fantastic game. They want to make a fantastic universe (with all the added merchandise). Novels, comics, action figures, movies/animated movies, kitchen spoons, Halloween costume, posters, lego blocks, megabloks... The amount of money Halo makes just on the game is a paltry sum when compared to the merchandising monster that it is.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

I'd never have guessed id Software would have a novel tie-in for a new IP, and a shooter no less! This just keeps getting more interesting.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Too bad there isn't a Borders where I live, my library is also too out of the way so getting it through inter-library loan probably won't work.

Barighm
Barighm

Sounds like Red Dead Redemption, but in a post-apocalyptic setting.

valensim
valensim

Can't wait for the game ....... id u'r the best.