RAGE 2, which was co-developed by id Software and Avalanche, using the latter’s Apex engine, came out this week, but Tim Willits already explained that he wants to make the third game „as soon as possible.”
Tim Willits, the CEO of id Software, told Hollywood Reporter in a pre-release interview the following when he was asked if he would like to make a new RAGE game: „I hope so. Yes, is the answer to that question. We’ve always loved this franchise because it’s such a fun setting. We can do what we want. We were once talking about riding on giant cockroaches. What other game can you have a conversation where that’s a legitimate conversation you can have?! It’s a crazy, fun, exciting franchise and I hope we can make a third one as soon as possible.”
Willits also talked about how Mad Max and RAGE have inspired each other: „It is very heavily influenced by Mad Max. Even back when we were working on the first Rage, doing a postapocalyptic world with vehicles and combat, you immediately start to gravitate toward the movies that had inspired you when you were young. Rage came out in 2011 and Fury Road came out afterwards and I swear some of those bandits they had in Fury Road were directly taken from [our game]. I think there are inspirations going everywhere. Avalanche had made a Mad Max game so it was such a natural fit.” That might be slightly exaggerating, though.
So id Software already expressed that they would like to make a new RAGE game, but Bethesda will have to say the final word – we don’t know how RAGE 2 sells yet. Perhaps the CEO of id shouldn’t be thinking overly positively, because if the second game sells under expectations, they won’t get greenlit to make a sequel. We’ll see.