Carmack: RAGE’s Vehicles the Focus of Next iOS Title

RAGE: Mutant Bash TV, id Software’s iOS game to go with its upcoming first-person shooter RAGE, isn’t even cold yet and the company’s founder and technical director is talking about the next RAGE outing for iPhone and iPad.

Talking with Joystiq, John Carmack said the vehicles in the console and PC FPS would be the focus of the company’s next mobile development. Here’s a clip from Joystiq’s story:

“I think we have a really good idea of what we can do in this format, and I’m really excited about getting onto the next game, getting onto what we can do with another slice of Rage,” Carmack told Joystiq today, going on to say: “Taking some of the wasteland material and having riding along in the dune buggies, jumping over ravines, that kind of stuff. There’s more graphics stuff that we can bring in and add yet another level of improvement and polish to the visuals.”

Mutant Bash TV is already pretty impressive — it’s an on-rails shooter that runs $0.99 (or $1.99 for the HD version) in the iTunes App Store right now, which drops players into a post-apocalyptic game show and includes three levels. It’ll be interesting to see what id and Carmack can wring out of the iPhone as far as graphical capabilities.

Carmack also told Joystiq he’d like to do more with the iOS platform — specifically, a full-roaming shooter in the Quake Live region. He mentioned an arena game focused around Quake’s lightning gun; but, great as that sounds, it may not be feasible. Carmack’s already got his hands full with all this RAGE stuff, and he has no idea when he’d have time to do us all the favor of bringing Quake to our phones.

That’s okay, Mr. Carmack. Take your time. We’ll wait here patiently for whatever you want to give us. And I mean that completely sincerely.

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