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id's Todd Hollenshead confirms that the studio's post-apocalyptic driving shooter, Rage, is [not] due this year...
Not much is known about id's Rage at the moment. Up until now, all the developer had revealed about the game is that it will be a driving game with shooter elements set in a post-apocalyptic game world (we're as intrigued as you are).
But id is seemingly about to shed its secretive shackles over the project, with the studio's CEO, Todd Hollenshead, telling Gametrailers: "We're looking to start getting a lot more information about the game out there; making sure that people know it's not a racing game . . . it's not MotorStorm; it's not Fallout either - it's more something else."
"I wouldn't say it's an open world," Hollenshead commented about the game's environments, "but the environments are vast compared to Doom 3, where it's very claustrophobic; very closed in. You have these vast wastelands that you can explore, but we also tighten up the gameplay in what we call 'Instances', where you go in and have more traditional, id style FPS action."
As far as a release date is concerned, Hollenshead said "No, we'll be out this year," when asked whether Rage is scheduled for a 2010 release.
The id CEO was also shining some light on Doom 4, the early indications of which are that the game will be in a very similar vein to its three predecessors.
"The construct is the same, so it's demons from hell and you're a guy who breaks loose and you've got to survive and kill the demons."
When asked whether Doom 4 will retain the same corridor shooter elements of previous Dooms, Hollenshead commented: "If you look at the tight FPS action sequence - we know we can do that and we're going to have some of that in Rage, but it's going to be so much more of a focus with [Doom 4] as well."
As far as the question of vehicles is concerned in Doom 4, Hollenshead wasn't giving too much away. "I don't want to go into vehicles," he said. "Doom is Doom and, to me, it's the grandfather of all FPS games - all the shooter games - and to make it something that's not a shooter would be a travesty and a crime against humanity."
There you have it then. Rage has vehicles; Doom 4 seemingly doesn't.
UPDATE: Gametrailers' Geoff Keighley has posted on Twitter that Todd Hollenshead said Rage won't be out this year. We blame the poor enunciation of some Americans, but having to wait another year is a disappointment nonetheless.
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