The multiplayer in the original Rage was modest—essentially a demolition derby and a series of co-op missions—but a job listing for the sequel’s developer suggests that Rage 2 may bring back the online component in a greater capacity.
Avalanche Studios has been on the lookout for a senior multiplayer programmer to work on the studio’s “newest open world/sandbox multiplayer game.” It’s plausible that this refers to Rage 2, which seems to fit the bill more than the studio’s rumored Just Cause 4, given that series traditionally focuses on single-player. Qualified applicants must have a strong passion for multiplayer games, a keen sense of fun gameplay, experience with implementing multiplayer in multiple released games, and familiarity with animation, physics, and gameplay code in general, according to the listing.
While the position’s relation to Rage 2 seems like a relatively safe bet, it is less clear what kind of multiplayer component we should expect. Rage featured two multiplayer modes: Road Rage, which pit four players against each other in a free-for-all vehicular deathmatch, and Wasteland Legends, which let players embark on nine unique story missions with a friend. It is currently hard to say if Rage 2 will stick to the original game’s tested modes, or expand into something new, like non-vehicular competitive deathmatch. We know the sequel won’t use the same engine as the first game, so who knows what other shake-ups are in store.
Cooperative gameplay, at least, seems to be making its return, based on the game’s reveal trailer. There are moments in the trailer that squads of survivors can be seen working together, most notably when they are shooting down a giant robot at around one minute and nine seconds into the trailer.
Rage 2 is slated to launch sometime in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Since the reveal trailer, numerous other details have surfaced about the game, including its lack of loot boxes, and the bonuses that players can get by preordering.
Source: Reset Era