After a long week of teasing, Bethesda has finally announced Rage 2, the sequel to the not-so-well-received shooter by id Games. They've only released an announcement trailer so far, though they promise that a gameplay trailer will arrive tomorrow.
The original Rage was developed by id Games and released in 2011. It was scrutinized for unpleasant driving mechanics and for having a rather unsatisfactory ending. Originally, they planned to make Rage 2 in 2012, but the project was canceled in order to shift focus on the 2016 Doom game. Given Doom's massive success, seen in the form of many GOTY awards, this is widely considered a good move.
So why now? Bethesda already once believed it was worth a sequel. And if we've learned anything about the publisher, they don't like throwing away old IPs. Prey was an excellent example of this.
The major cause for concern is whether or not they can salvage the brand from the mud it's been lying in for a good seven years now. When people think Rage, they think of the prevalent faults of the first game. While both id Software and Bethesda have been doing well the last few years, our unease remains.