Maybe it was the short, somewhat bland single-player campaign, or perhaps it was the unremarkable multiplayer. Either way, Rage fell off the radar pretty quickly last year. id Software hasn't abandoned the game, though. Publisher Bethesda says a downloadable expansion for Rage will be out later this week.
Entitled The Scorchers, the expansion will add some fresh content, a new high-difficulty setting, and an option to play past the end of the main campaign. Here's Bethesda's full spiel:
In this brand-new adventure spanning six all-new areas, you will fight alongside new allies to defend the Hager Settlment from a maniacal bandit clan known as The Scorchers. Along the way, you'll participate in a new season of Mutant Bash TV, encounter new mini-games, and wield the overpowering and brutal Nailgun.
In addition to the new content, this DLC includes 'Ultra-Nightmare', a new high difficulty mode, as well as an 'Extended Play' option that allows you to play past the original ending of the game – giving you the opportunity to finish collecting items and achievements.
The Scorchers will be available for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It'll set you back $4.99, or 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live.
I guess I'll have to suffer through the 20GB+ download to reinstall Rage from Steam. I'm actually looking forward to it, though. For all its failings and bugs, Rage was fun to play, and Carmack's megatexture technology made it look both unique and gorgeous. id Software definitely knows how to build a solid first-person shooter, even if the end result isn't the most exciting thing in the world. (Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.)