Rage 2 was leaked early before the official announcement by Bethesda. Walmart Canada revealed that the sequel of Rage is in works ahead of E3 and according to Tim Willits, the head of id Software, the leak was a good luck charm for Bethesda.
On the way to E3 this year, Walmart Canada introduced various titles which were already revealed or to be announced. Among them was Rage 2 which is in works by a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios which are known for their work in Just Cause.
Everyone including the fans, journalists, and analysts thought that this was a marketing strategy of Bethesda to leak the game before reveal but in a recent interview, id Software boss, Tim Willits said that it was never planned to be this way.
He said the leak was complete luck and the timing of the leak “was actually quite nice for us.” Though the company did plan to reveal the game before E3 but the leak helped the game being announced earlier than planned. Willits mentioned “a 55,000-ton gorilla we have to compete with” which is none other than Fallout 76. Fallout 76 was a headache for the team and they feared Rage 2 would have gone under its hype.
The confusion was due to both games having a post-apocalyptic setting and Fallout is the reason Rage 2 is set in the post-post-apocalyptic setting. Thanks to Walmart leak, Rage 2 did gain a lot of attention in the run-up to E3 2018 and Bethesda really considers it as a luck now.
As for the game, you will get to drive any type of vehicle, even Gyrocopter, and Avalanche Studios has confirmed that Rage 2 is being developed using the APEX Engine.
Rage 2 is scheduled to release in June 2019 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.