Rage revs up comic series

Dark Horse handling three-issue prequel story for id Software's postapocalyptic action game; first issue arrives June 22.

On September 13, id Software's Rage will drop players into a postapocalyptic wasteland where the last vestiges of humanity struggle to survive in a harsh world. However, before the game makes its long-awaited arrival on the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, the developer is going to give gamers a chance to find out how civilization came to crumble in a prequel comic book series.

Today, id Software parent Bethesda Softworks announced a deal with Dark Horse Comics that will see the print publisher release a three-issue miniseries based on Rage. Written by Arvid Nelsion (Rex Mundi) with art by Andrea Mutti (DMZ), the series will detail the downfall of civilization after an asteroid strike, with a surviving scientist discovering a cover-up regarding the events that created the ruined world around her. The first issue of the miniseries should hit stores in North America and the UK June 22.

Look for this charming gent on the cover of Rage #1.

As for the game, it will combine first-person shooter gameplay with open-world vehicle combat as players fight off mutants and roving gangs of bandits. It won't all be 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 Rage, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Discussion

13 comments
Earth_Krish
Earth_Krish

Scratch that on the linear part, I don't know why I started thinking that, when the opposite fact is what got me excited bout this game when I first heard about it.

Earth_Krish
Earth_Krish

@Kirintar The game is likely to be a linear but story and narrative driven game with lots of action sequences, I think it would be good to check out all parts of the world building they try.

Kirintar
Kirintar

Don't care about the comic and probably won't check it out, going to stick to the game.

Polybren
Polybren

@Bozanimal No idea. We've got people at the show this year though, and I'm sure they're grabbing everything they can get their hands on.

Barighm
Barighm

It's getting harder to care about a game's story these days. They keep breaking it up and hiding important elements in this extra stuff. I enjoy a good plot, but I'm not going to buy a special edition or seek out a rare comic just for more character revelation. Thankfully, unproven IP's still focus on putting all the best stuff in one package, but the moment they taste a little success...blah.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

@Polybren Looks like they'll be providing some gameplay footage for Rage at PAX East this weekend. If Gamespot going to be able to get it?

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Here it comes... a large number of irrelevant tie-ins to help fracture the plotlines, stories, and enjoyment of those that don't enjoy every one of these forms of media.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

It could be cool I guess, but only if it's interesting and has great art style.