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After 4 years in Early Access on Steam, the survival game Rust is Moving to the Next Stage

Rust is finally being moved out from Steam Early Access after about four years.

The game will be coming to Steam for Windows PC on Feb. 8, 2018. It has been available for Early Access since December 2013.

Developer Facepunch Studios has said in a statement that the game is not yet complete. “Don’t think of this as us claiming that the game is done. Think of this as us saying that if Early Access didn’t exist we’d have released the game on Steam by now,” Facepunch said in a statement.

This might make you wonder, why remove it from the “Early Access”? “Part of leaving Early Access is making the development more stable,” Facepunch reasoned. “That means that not rushing in features and fixes that end up breaking something else. For that reason, we’re going to be transitioning to monthly updates.”

That means two versions of Rust will be out in February. The first one being called the “main branch” and the second being the “staging branch”. The “staging branch” will feature daily updates to the game; the “main branch” will be updated less regularly.

About the game

Rust is a survival video game being developed by Facepunch Studios for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. The game only features multiplayer modes. The game is said to have been initially created as a clone of DayZ, a popular mod for ARMA 2 while also including crafting elements. The game is set for full release in February 2018.

Plot

The objective of the game is to survive in the wilderness by forging together items using the materials gathered or stolen as the only thing you are equipped with at the beginning of the game is a rock and a torch. There is only a multiplayer mode and a prevalent concept in Rust is to form and join clans with other players. It is a very common action for clans to raid other relatively weaker clans and steal their items. Since the game’s first alpha launch, animals, hunting and the ability to craft armor and weapons have been added. At first the game featured zombies as enemies but subsequently replaced them with bears and wolves. The developer’s also removed radiation due to the frustration it was causing players, although it was later reintroduced.

After the Alpha release, the game received a lot of mixed reviews, and was also compared with many other survival games, with the most common one being the mixture between DayZ and Minecraft. Reviewers praised the game’s concept and gameplay, while also noting its obviously unfinished nature. By March 2017, Rust had sold over five million copies.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows

 MINIMUM:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 or better
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space

Mac OS X

MINIMUM:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X Lion 10.7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: OS X El Capitan 10.11
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 MB available space

SteamOS + Linux

MINIMUM:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Memory: 16 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 MB available space

With the full launch, Rust’s price will also increase, to $34.99 from $19.99.

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