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id Software launches Rage Tool Kit for modders

id Software launches Rage Tool Kit for modders

The Rage Tool Kit provides everything you need to develop mods for id Software's post-apocalyptic shooter, but if you haven't got a 300-core renderfarm it may take a while.

Bethesda subsidiary id Software has made good on its promise to release a modding kit for Rage and its associated id Tech 5 engine, but warns that the software is not exactly consumer-friendly.

Rage, one of id Software's first major attempts at creating an open-world environment with an embedded story rather than the "space marine shoots ugly things for some reason" 'plot' of its previous linear titles, wasn't a massive success for the company. While we scored it a solid 80 per cent in our review back in 2011, it failed to set the world alight at retail. This wasn't exactly helped by a raft of technical problems with the id Tech 5 engine on PC, described by id Software founder John Carmack as 'a real clusterf**k.'

Later patches and fixes, allowing more control over id Tech 5's 'auto-balancer' system which attempted to find the sweet spot between graphical fidelity and raw performance, would help matters, but while the engine includes plenty of impressive-sounding features our technical analysis reveals a disappointing lack of improvement with the settings cranked up on high-end hardware. With Carmack admitting that the engine was developed primarily for consoles and then ported across to PCs, that shouldn't really come as a surprise.

Nevertheless, id Tech 5 - and Rage - has its fans, who will doubtless be pleased to hear that the company has finally released a suite of tools to allow tinkerers to access the inner workings of the engine, modifying existing content or even creating total conversion mods that harness the id Tech 5 engine in new ways.

But first, a warning from Carmack himself: 'The toolkit release is not something that we consider consumer friendly,' the id Software founder warned over Twitter, 'but it does let you get a look inside the construction process. Doing significant work will require patience, because internally we use a 300 core renderfarm for megatexture creation.'

Assuming you have a wealth of computing power - or plenty of patience - at your disposal, the Rage Tool Kit is available in the Tools section of Valve's Steam digital distribution platform. Be prepared for a bit of a wait, though: the Rage Tool Kit is basically a tweaked version of the development kit used to create Rage itself, and comes in at a hefty 35GB download. A welcome document (PDF warning) provides a flavour of what awaits you while you're waiting.

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Jack_Pepsi 11th February 2013, 13:19 Quote
I'm interested to see how long modern processors would take doing a map or something.
Eiffie 11th February 2013, 20:02 Quote
I hope a few nice custom missions come out for this game. There felt like a lot of missed chances to do things especially near the end of the game but I would not mind starting this game up again for a few good user created mods/missions. I wanted to REALLY like rage when I played through it and the DLC (which was quite good for a cheapy DLC and had a really cool airship battle) but in the end I can only think about what might have been if ID had invested a bit more time into the story and fleshing out the world a bit more. It was a real shame that once the credits rolled and the game booted you back into your post-game world, nothing really changed, the bad guys were still around in all the towns and the NPC's didn't regard you as the person who saved everything from the evil authority. They just went about their business as if the things had never changed and that was the biggest letdown for me. It never felt like you actually accomplished anything.
mdshann 11th February 2013, 20:09 Quote
Probably quite a while, I would assume that their renderfarm is probably pretty modern.
Skiddywinks 12th February 2013, 03:15 Quote
Wow, I had forgotten Rage even existed. Was quite hyped for it until it actually released, and then lost all faith in id and their dedication to PC. While this release is good news, how popular do they expect this toolkit to be? The game is ancient by industry standards, and first impressions (terrible) count for a lot.
lysaer 12th February 2013, 03:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Wow, I had forgotten Rage even existed. Was quite hyped for it until it actually released, and then lost all faith in id and their dedication to PC. While this release is good news, how popular do they expect this toolkit to be? The game is ancient by industry standards, and first impressions (terrible) count for a lot.

Are you sure you are talking about rage?

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Griffter 13th February 2013, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by lysaer
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Wow, I had forgotten Rage even existed. Was quite hyped for it until it actually released, and then lost all faith in id and their dedication to PC. While this release is good news, how popular do they expect this toolkit to be? The game is ancient by industry standards, and first impressions (terrible) count for a lot.

Are you sure you are talking about rage?

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD

i think he means ancient in the game play style of the game perhaps.. a nicer way of putting it is rage is an old school shooter type FPS.

but if he means in the tech or graphics.. then ummm ... i +1 ur question.
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