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Rage

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software
Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011 (US), Oct. 7, 2011 (EU)

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'Rage' Is No More

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2003 @ 11:20 a.m. PST

RAGE is an FPS set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, leaving a ravaged world behind. You emerge into this vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as bandit gangs, mutants, and the Authority – an oppressive government regime that has a special interest in you in particular.

The future of the remaining 85 staff will depend on the sale of the intellectual property rights of games currently in development.

Heavy investment

The company, which also has staff in Newcastle, Warrington, Bristol and Birmingham, has an annual turnover of £12.3m.

It raised £4.5m last year to finance the development of new games but delays in getting them to market meant it ran out of cash.

Hunter Kelly, of receivers Ernst and Young, said: "Rage has invested heavily in developing new games, but various delays have meant that they have not produced sufficient products to cover the levels of cost and infrastructure being incurred.

"The current financial circumstances of the company and insufficient income revenues have meant that we have had to make 74 redundancies with immediate effect.

"However, the company has got some exciting new games in progress, including exclusive licences with Lamborghini, Andy McNab and a follow-up to the successful Rocky game."

Overdraft withdrawn

He added: "We are intending to sell either individual design facilities or the intellectual property rights and given the quality of these assets and the interest already shown, we are looking for an early sale."

Trading in Rage shares was suspended on Tuesday, after the Bank of Scotland withdrew a £6m overdraft facility.

The Bank of Scotland withdrew the company's overdraft facility despite experts predicting the firm would be able to turn last year's £10m loss into a profit of more than £1m in the current financial year.

Beckham success

David Beckham Soccer generated more than a third of Rage's total revenues in the year to 30 June, with sales of £4.2m.

The arcade-style game, which allows players to try their hand at Beckham's trademark free kicks, can be played on Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance.

Rage also sells a game entitled "Go! Go! Beckham" in which the footballer is turned into a cartoon character.

The company hoped to build on that success with the launch of its Rocky game in November 2002.

By late October, Rage was forecasting that pre-orders for the game alone would be 650,000.

Pre-tax losses were cut from £17.1m in 2001 to £16.1m.


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