BFG 9000 is a legendary weapon from the Doom series and id Software decided to go with a bit of a crossover by including the weapon in Rage 2. The latest trailer, however, showed that the weapon will be exclusive to Digital Deluxe Edition.
Bethesda, id Software and Avalanche Studios released another trailer for Rage 2, one week ahead of the game's official release on 14 May 2019. The trailer struck some people as an odd apple but considering this is Rage 2 we are talking about, it doesn't really look all that weird.
One of the most interesting parts was actually at the end of the trailer when the ads for the more expensive editions and pre-orders started popping up. Pre-ordering Rage 2 includes some cosmetic items and a nostalgic gun that was the iconic weapon of the first Rage but in general, it is nothing too serious.
The Deluxe Edition advert was a different story though. It includes Rise of the Ghosts expansion, a progress booster, Wasteland Wizard cheats, battle standard for vehicles and BFG 9000.
BFG 9000 is a completely new weapon to Rage 2 universe, a gun that is immensely powerful in Doom series. It will, however, be locked behind a paywall. No Deluxe edition, no cool toys.
Bethesda's sketchy monetisation doesn't stop there though as Rise of the Ghosts is a campaign expansion, which means additional missions or story content, maybe both, which was already developed and is being withheld from those who don't decide to pay $79.99 / €79.99 / £59.99.
Furthermore, they are now monetising cheats and selling progress boosters in the more expensive editions of Rage 2.
In short, Bethesda is holding gameplay content hostage in order to sell players at least the edition that is 33 per cent more expensive. While BFG 9000 may not be a big deal for some Rage fans as the weapon is usually affiliated with Doom, it may be time to start worrying about monetisation practices in the game.