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RAGE: New details

Asteroid strikes, hub towns and SPOILERS

New details on id's long-in-development RAGE have emerged, via the pages of a US mag.

According to Game Informer the shooter kicks off when the player, a lucky survivor of a devastating asteroid strike, wakes from suspended animation inside an 'ark' deep underground.

You wake to find the crew dead and databanks ruined, then stumble surface side to discover a bandit and mutant-filled wasteland living in fear of a mysterious group called 'The Authority'. Expectedly, you're out to investigate exactly who and what this group is about - and stop them.

As previously suggested Rage is a very car racing and weapon building-heavy shooter, with most of id's focus being lent to the console versions.

"The largest chunk of our market's going to be on consoles," John Carmack told the mag, revealing that its controls will be designed around controllers. "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."

Carmack also revealed that the Xbox 360 version could ship on three DVDs, but id is finding it difficult to split the game into three parts because it won't make any "arbitrary" cuts.

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It's definitely not out this year. Full, bullet point-friendly details from the mag follow (via Shack News):

  • 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.

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