RAGE demo hits PSN

The demo for RAGE is now available on PSN in North American (look for it in Europe tomorrow).

This demo presents a slice of the early game, giving players a chance to explore the town of Wellspring and participate in races, games and other attractions. When you’ve had your fill there, you can head out to deal with some Ghost Clan raiders. Shooting might be involved.

Xbox 360 users can download the same demo here.

RAGE demo up on Xbox Live; PS3 demo coming December 6

If you haven’t had a chance to give id Software’s latest a go, step right up and sit down with the RAGE demo, now available on Xbox Live.

The demo presents a slice of the early game, giving players a chance to explore the town of Wellspring and participate in races, games and other attractions. When you’ve had your fill there, you can head out to deal with some Ghost Clan raiders. Shooting might be involved.

If you’re a PS3 gamer, the PlayStation 3 demo will be available on December 6.

VGA nominations announced

The full list of nominees for the 2011 VGAs have been announced and we’ve been honored with eight nominations in the following categories

Congrats to all the nominees! Winners will be announced on 12.10.11 — live in SPIKE.

RAGE Strategy and Interactive Map Pack available on iTunes

Finding yourself stuck in RAGE’s wasteland? Prima’s new iPad/iPhone App might be just what you need.

Visit iTunes to download the app and with it you’ll get access to the Hagar Settlement Map and Ghost Hideout Map for free. The maps allow you to view key locations, keep track of items you need, and zoom in/out on points of interest.

You can also purchase maps of the Wasteland and Eastern Wasteland along with their interior maps, a complete Mission Flow Chart of every quest and mission, and the RAGE Frenzy Card Game Tutorial with a list of all cards and their locations. Purchase each one separately or buy all five for $5.99.

  • Hagar Settlement & Ghost Hideout Map (FREE)
  • Engineering Schematic (FREE)
  • Wasteland and Interior Maps ($1.99)
  • Eastern Wasteland and Interior Maps ($1.99)
  • Mission Flow Chart ($2.99)
  • RAGE Frenzy Tutorial and Card List ($0.99)

Don’t have one of those newfangled iThingies? You can still purchase the official game guide in print and digital formats.

RAGE PC Update released

This evening on Steam, a new update for RAGE has been released. Below is the changelog to the update:

  • Implemented workaround for AMD driver crash right after intro cinematic on Win 7 32-bit systems.
  • Disabled UBOs because they are causing animation issues with AMD drivers. Don’t allow swap-tear to be enabled on AMD while the extension is not exposed because it may crash.
  • Support for new video settings: “texture cache”, “vsync”, and “anisotropic filter”
  • Automatically adjust vt_maxPPF based on the number of available cores.
  • Improved performance for SLI cards when GPU transcode is enabled.
  • Fix for GPU Transcoding option being disabled after exiting gameplay.
  • Added safe mode to restore video settings to default values.
  • Allow g_fov to be changed from the RAGE launch options in Steam.
  • Server now forwards text chat from clients to all other clients while in-game.

Head to our RAGE forums for more details.

Playing RAGE on PC? (Updated on 10/7)

While many folks are playing RAGE on PC and not running into issues, we’re aware that some of you are experiencing issues with screen tearing and texture issues. The teams at Bethesda and id Software are on the case, and we’re working with the likes of Nvidia and AMD to resolve them as quickly as possible.

We know that you want to experience RAGE at its absolute best, so we’ll continue to use this blog post to keep you posted.

Updates:

  • Nvidia users should try updating RAGE to the current beta driver and check out their guide to improving performance.
  • Visit our forums for solutions that can improve reported issues with screen tearing, blurry textures, and texture pop up.
  • We’re currently working on an update that will allow you to more easily make configuration changes… should have more details on that shortly.
  • AMD users need to update to the most recent RAGE Catalyst driver. Grab it here!
The new AMD driver, which now supports Windows XP, makes the following RAGE-specific updates:
  • Improves performance in Rage on single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000, AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series and AMD Radeon HD 4000 series of products.
  • Resolves intermittent crashing seen loading levels in Rage
  • Resolves flickering of NPCs in Rage
  • Enables automatic Vsync for Rage

RAGE around the world tomorrow!

While RAGE doesn’t hit Europe until tomorrow, if you’re in or around London, you’ll see that the game is everywhere — on the streets, in the tube, on the front of magazines, and on your TV. Thankfully, I haven’t heard any reports of mutants running around the city.

Similar to what we did with RAGE taxis in the US, if you see a bus promoting RAGE, be one of the first 10 to send us a pic (bethblog@bethsoft.com) and we’ll send some swag your way!

As you wait to play the game, check out a history lesson on id from Gamespot UK

All the RAGE: Shawn Casey

It’s RAGE launch week and this week Shawn Casey steps up to the plate to answer questions…

What do you do at id Software (or more specifically on RAGE) and how long have you worked at the company?

I’m a Generalist Programmer and currently responsible for the save games and achievements across all platforms. I joined the team January 2010.

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