John Carmack surprised us this morning with a tweet announcing that RAGE was approved and would be released tomorrow morning. Like we suspected, it just needed a little time to filter out to the various international App Stores. Something to note is that several things are strange about this initial release. First off, the game is titled RAGE, not Mutant Bash TV, putting me in a rather awkward position for what to call the game in future articles. Secondly, we've known for a while that RAGE was going to be released in two versions: One in "standard definition" for 99¢ and a second "high definition" version for the iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod touch, and iPad.

These two versions of the game have been released, and it's clear there's some difference as RAGE weighs in at 537 MB while RAGE HD is 743 MB. What's odd is that both versions of the game are universal, and we're not sure whether or not this was intentional since Id has always been very clear regarding the division between the two RAGE sku's. We'll have to wait for our Australian friends to find out what the difference is.

RAGE's release in Australia likely means that the game will follow a typical international release cycle, slowly appearing in countries as the planet spins and it slowly becomes Thursdays in those areas. If this is the case, it should appear for download at 11:00 PM EST in the USA. Of course, Id could always flip the switch early and release the game to the world without any warning.

As soon as the game is available in your region, the following two iTunes links will begin working:

App Store Links:

  • http://twitter.com/diego_rispo Diego Rispo

    good price....i hope it s a good game

    • Hogger

      The price seems a bit odd to me. I would assume that a lot of the texture work and animations are taken from the original game, but the development cost for a project like this is still rather high. After all, we are talking about a major game developer here, and their goal is to make money.
      I would assume that the low price is to draw attention to the title so that future iOS releases will be able to sell just as well but for a greater price. It is of course also huge PR for their upcoming game.

      • psv

        The game itself, if it's anything like other iD titles, isn't going to be all that impressive in the traditional gaming sense; iD licenses the engine to other developers.

        iD is known for making bullet proof, amazing engines and by the look of it, this is no different.

      • Jord

        its 99c man its not breaking your bank

  • Look111

    I want this...

    Price is on the post, focus people D:

  • Ouisch

    Another odd thing is that both versions are universal, and the HD version is compatible with 3GS and 3rd gen touch, even though they don't have HD displays. I'm still not sure whether there would be any benefit at all to getting the HD version if you're a 3GS user (extra use of shaders/etc). If there is no benefit at all, I really don't get the point of making the HD version compatible.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      The HD version may well be more than just retina display support. The much larger file sizes means much larger textures (which will surely be apparent close up even on legacy devices), and it may also include higher res geometry and better sound too. Who knows.. Maybe someone will do a side by side after the game is released.

      • Hogger

        Even so, it feels like a pretty weird decision nonetheless. If what you say is the case, why even release (i.e. spend time and effort) the lighter version of the game when the HD version is compatible with all the devices?
        My guess is that there is either an error (may it be the submission or by the appstore) or that the HD version includes bonus missions/extra content. It might also be that the HD version being compatible is for those who have a 3GS and an iPad, but it seems rather far-fetched.
        Hm, hopefully we will get the answer soon.

      • Ouisch

        The HD version is not compatible with all the devices, just 3GS, 3rd Gen iPod, and up.

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        Even though the HD version will run on legacy devices, the extra texture/geometry detail would result in a low frame rate.

  • AddyB

    Gah, i'm in UK and all I keep seeing when I search iTunes is Streets of Rage! Can't wait for this to come out!

  • Anonymous

    Any video of this game? All i've ever seen is screen shots of the same monster holding the same weapon in the same stance.

  • Ugoogme
    • Anonymous

      I dig it. I was expecting it to be much worse :o

  • Gospel9

    Oh boy... looks like I'll have to stay up for the night.

  • oldman what

    From the app store description the HD version difference =

    "*HD version provides higher resolution textures that are optimally viewed on a 4th generation device or the iPad."

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Lang/546797695 Steve Lang

    One benefit of having both versions being cross-compatible, is you can buy the HD version even if you are on a 3GS right now, if you anticipate upgrading your phone anytime soon.

    John is always thinking of us...

    • H Boothy

      like me i want i know so ill get the hd version even though i have a iphone 3gs that way i will have it in hd when i get my iphone 4 next thursday :)

  • torsktunga

    So will the HD version play worse on a 3gs then the normal version? That is what I would like to know. If the performance changes alot when run on the 3gs.

    • BruteOutlawz

      "johnc
      . The 3GS will hitch a bit more playing the HD version, and the extra resolution doesn't matter much on it, so I recommend 3GS owners get the SD version unless they think they are going to upgrade soon"

  • Nimrod1984

    nice getting tomorrow my iphone4, this will be the first thing ill buy from the shop :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jadeblakeart Jade Blake

    HELL YES!

  • Phreakuency

    F'ing stupid pricing.

    I first found the 99c one. The description read, 'universal for iphone/ipad, high resolution graphics'

    So I bought it... then noticed the 'HD' version is actually a higher res version?

    WTF!

    • http://twitter.com/FluffyPuffin Mark Biswas

      Buy the HD version, and ask Apple for a refund for the 99c one. They'll give it to you.

  • Johnc

    We wanted to make the HD version only for iPad and 4G, but there was no way to prevent a 3GS from buying it. We wanted a selector base either on ram > 128 or resolution > 480, but no such option exists. The 3GS will hitch a bit more playing the HD version, and the extra resolution doesn't matter much on it, so I recommend 3GS owners get the SD version unless they think they are going to upgrade soon. Cut down the monster download...

    If you play the SD vrsion on an iPad, you will complain about the blurry graphics blown up so large, but it works fine.

    • Hogger

      Thanks for clarifying. Also, if you are "the John C", thanks for this awesome game and keep up the epic work!

    • O_o

      Hi John, I have a question. Why do you call it Rage and not Mutant Bash TV as mentioned before?

      Btw. I don't like the HD in the icon. The SD version icon looks much better :).

    • http://twitter.com/reese015 Reese Leysen

      I noticed the HD version seems to have more than just higher res textures by the looks of some screenshot comparisons, is this true only for below-3GS devices? I'd hate to miss out on bump-mapping or anti-aliasing if the HD version would give me this on the 3GS with minimal hitches...

    • http://twitter.com/NoSuperMan ImNoSuperMan

      Thanks for the clarification. The videos for the game have started popping up now and holy crap this looks absolutely amazing!!

      Cant wait until I get my hands on it (few more hours until the release and then a few more to download it @ 512 kbps :o).

    • Kadelka

      Seems nice but the game keeps crashing on the first cut-scene (with the paper on the ground and the nice disturbed TV effect).

      Rage HD on an iPhone 4 (rebooted just for the occasion).

      I'm not angry since I know you guys at Id make so much great games, I know it must be a little bug but I'm clearly impatient :)

      Thanks for you feedback anyway, I noticed you can't put specific iPhone 4 versions of things on the AppStore and it bugs me too.

  • Bryan

    I was originally dismayed by the on-rails aspect of this game, but I've since gone back and played DOOM Resurrection again and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Bring on Mutant Bash TV!

  • Blackryn0

    thanks for the info Jc, i would have been tempted.

  • jim

    thanks john. Been playing your games since the beginning, can't wait to try your latest!

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait to get this. Now that Rage is soon to be released, John:

    QUAKE!!!

    pretty please? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcdeacon Pete Hines

    1) That is the real John C.
    2) It was always called Rage. The confusion came (I think) in because in Rage (for iPhone) you play "Mutant Bash TV", which is a gameshow. Sorta like Running Man. But the app itself was never called (or intended to be called) Mutant Bash TV. It was always Rage.

    Hope that helps.

  • Drujd

    Hopefully the NZ store will get it the same time as the US, but then we don't have the Doom rpgs or Resurrection...
    (pleaseopleaseopleaseopleaseoplease)

    • Tadad1

      Nah! I think we NZ'ers are screwed. Wolfenstien 3D, Doom Classic and Doom Resurrection were all in the NZ App Store when first released but some time later were pulled so even if you picked up the games then you still missed out on the updates later. I have email id software a couple of times trying to find out why but they never reply.

  • Caiman

    It's available now on the Aus app store, but it's going to take a while to download on my dodgy broadband!

  • Zzen

    3am, well past midnight into Thursday here in Prague and still no sight of Rage. I'm starting to think this is Aussie-only release. :(

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Funny, in the other TA post they're discussing how all iOS games are rinky dink Angry Birds clones. Props to Id Software for this.

  • Ezone.com

    Just grabbed the HD version and it is pretty amazing. Super fast and responsive. I prefer the touch controls on the iPad (tilting on the iPhone has a lot less precision). I don't mind it being on rails, it is all happening so fast anyway. Congrats JohnC and co!

  • Quou

    Woah such a huge file size! It's even larger than Infinity Blade as Mustard said it's currently "south of 500 MB." Why does it take such a large space? Is it the graphics or amount of content?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Bates/785902931 Robert Bates

    It's up in the US store now.

  • AJ

    Hey all, it's released in the US app store, so hurry up and download so I can see a review :)