WHAT IS AN AVALANCHE MOMENT?
how rage 2’s NEW development team Is bringing Its flair to the sequel
One of our favourite moments from the original reveal trailer of Rage 2 was when we caught a glimpse of a massive monster truck being driven through a mass of enemy AI seemingly involved in a pitch battle of their own. It was an incredible moment, largely for the number of characters involved and how engaged they appeared to be in battle. As it turns out, that was something of a random moment recorded by one of the team that happened to capture the very essence of what Avalanche is bringing to the table. “That’s what we call an Avalanche moment, where things just happen to cross paths in a weird way,” says senior game designer Loke Wallmo. “Somebody was there capturing it. We have the guy that did the trailer, he just found that thing and we kept it because it’s so very much an Avalanche moment.” “Because it wasn’t set up,” insists id studio director Tim Willits. “He was doing something else and it was like, ‘Holy shit!’.” So this was just a random fracas between enemy AI that someone decided to drive a monster truck through the middle of? Seems that way. “They were fighting these guys and they were fighting bad guys and he was hearing both of them and then there was a car,” says Wallmo. “And we love those things. So we just try to set up the game so those things can happen… we have no way of guaranteeing that you’ll ever see that again, but the systems are there to create those things.”