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Walmart Jumps The Gun On Rage 2, Bethesda Responds With Appropriate Humor

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Video game companies can often be touchy when it comes to premature announcements on the part of third-party partners and retailers, especially when it comes to titles that haven’t even been officially confirmed. As Bethesda recently proved, however, the response could also be one of humor. Walmart basically blew the surprise when it listed several games, which included Rage 2.

For those who haven’t heard of Rage, it’s not really surprising. The game is a first-person shooter that released to lukewarm reviews back in 2011 and it even led to John Carmack apologizing for its existence in 2012, Polygon reports. It just seemed like the end of the game until Walmart revived interest in it by listing Rage 2, apparently by accident.

Instead of losing their cool over the incident, however, Bethesda promptly responded by having the official Rage Twitter account make fun of the leak. It mostly consisted of pointing out how little effort Walmart put into creating the placeholder for the listing.

On that note, no denial of the game’s existence has been issued so far, which publications and fans of the company are taking to mean that Rage 2 actually exists. Normally, companies would keep quiet about matters like this in order to preserve at least some level of surprise when the official announcement is made. By joking about it, Bethesda recognizes that this seems to be somewhat futile, at this point.

It’s work pointing out that Rage 2 wasn’t the only title that was leaked thanks to the Walmart listing. The incident also led to the premature revelation of Gears of War 5 and Just Cause 4, along with what seems to be a new Splinter Cell game, DualShockers reports.

Unlike Bethesda, none of the other developers and publishers of those games have commented on the issue. The listings have also since been removed.

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