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Maximum Games sends Road Rage back to the shop

Remember nine months ago, just before E3 2016, when I posted about a potential Road Rash successor called Road Rage? At the time it was little more than concept renders and a feature list… and well, it isn’t much beyond that point today. I checked in with the official site (and that of publisher Maximum Games) throughout the year but I missed this one-and-only trailer of the game in motion from last September.

It has wonderfully extreme ragdoll physics when weapons collide with riders. There’s a bunch of environments from city to countryside (sadly, sparsely populated) and there’s even a couple of big jumps and shortcuts to be seen. But what’s most troubling is the final frame of the video that proudly touts “In Stores November 15, 2016”. Uhhh.

Thinking I might’ve missed a potential underdog favorite I checked Amazon to find the new date of “December 31, 2017”. That’s retail-talk for Unknown. Digging a little further I finally turned up some confirmation in this Facebook post from October.

“Since the beginning, our goal for Road Rage has been to create the highest quality motorcycle combat game possible. We’ve been hard at work to make this vision a reality, and while we’re incredibly proud of the work our team has done, we’ve come to the realization that the game needs more development time to ensure it lives up to our standards. Therefore, today we made the difficult decision to delay the release of Road Rage till next year. We’ll keep you updated on the progress, but in the meantime we appreciate your support and understanding!” – The Maximum Games team

I’m sure that was a gut-wrenching and heartbreaking decision to make a month after finally announcing a release date; my sympathies to all involved. Hopefully Maximum Games has much more to show at this year’s E3. I’m still holding out hope that Road Rage has stolen even a little of the secret sauce that made Road Rash so memorable.

E3: Road Rage puts its own spin on Road Rash

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Road Rage was just revealed among Maximum Games’s E3 lineup and may brandish the Road Rash torch even better than the long-in-development Road Redemption (which I’m still waiting to be a finished product). Everything they’ve shown so far is merely target renders and PR copy but it sounds promising and the developer, Team6, has loads of past experience with irreverent vehicle-based antics.

The most important component of a good Road Rash-alike is melee weapons. Road Rage promises “insane weaponry” but so far they’ve shown the requisite bats, chains and pipes alongside the moderately unexpected axe, katana and hockey stick. I mean, a hockey stick is practically the sniper rifle of melee weapons and that’s kinda insane, right?

What’s most promising for me are 42 missions that the PR copy labels as “story-driven” with the promise of open world exploration. In past Road Rash titles there was just enough story to string together a little internal narrative as the races unfolded. I don’t know that I need someone attempting a Fast & Furious caliber storyline but putting meaning to motorcycle-bound knife fights can only be entertaining, either by design or happy accident. See: Torque

Open world is also open to interpretation at this point. The copy promises “56 additional side missions from delivery and escort to combat races and gang brawls” but it doesn’t even mention hidden collectibles which are always a favorite part of mine. It paints a picture in my mind of a small, mostly lifeless cityscape but not everything can be Grand Theft Auto V in scale, especially coming from this small Netherlands based studio. That they even mentioned an open world is enticing enough for me.

Hopefully we see actual gameplay footage by the end of E3 but Road Rage is already planned for a September release so we won’t have to wait too long to see it in action. It’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC as well so I expect plenty of terrible “Let’s Play” serieses to pop up by year’s end, maybe even my own. Check out the official site to see a few more target renders and rest assured I’ll post more about it when I see it.