It seems that Rage 2 could end up bypassing Steam because preordering it from digital retailers only buys Bethesda.net keys. This means it will be exclusive to Bethesda's launcher, although we're not sure whether it's just a timed deal.
At the time of writing, Steam has no page for Rage 2, even though its predecessor is still there. Key peddlers have started offering preorder codes but all of them offer Bethesda.net keys only.
Same goes for Bethesda's website, which only has Rage 2 preorders for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Bethesda.net. Other games like The Elder Scrolls: Legends and Prey offer Steam purchase options of course.
This could either mean that Rage 2 will be exclusive to Bethesda.net or that they'll be going for a timed exclusive. Fallout 76 is likely to remain exclusive, although the likes of Fallout Shelter and The Elder Scrolls: Online started off as exclusives and later made it to Steam as well.
It's possible that Bethesda are testing the water this way, deciding on whether to launch a Steam version depending on initial sales. Coincidentally or not, Steam's premium of 30 per cent has been talked about a lot these days, especially with Epic threatening their business with an immensely more lucrative deal in their Epic Games Store.
That being said, we're not sure whether it's wise to test exclusivity waters with a game that's not quite the most anticipated title of the year, if you catch our drift. For what it's worth, it looks like it's a huge improvement over its predecessor, but Bethesda know best we guess.
Rage 2 is a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios, developer of Just Cause 4. While the original Rage was built in id Software's proprietary engine, the company met Avalanche and were left quite impressed by their Apex engine.
We're talking about the same engine that runs Just Cause 4, crazy weather and tornadoes included. Rage 2 will pick up on the events 30 years after the original game, with players in the role of the last ranger, Walker.