Facepunch Studios have announced their multiplayer survival-sandbox game Rust is finally leaving Steam Early Access for a full release.
The game will see a full launch on February 8th, over four years since its Early Access debut back in December of 2013. While under development the game saw constant updates every week, many of which have inundated my inbox with a deluge of small but consistent updates.
Following the game’s 1.0 release, there will be continued development yet the update schedule will slow down a bit from weekly to monthly, to help reduce “rushing in features and fixes that end up breaking something else.” There will be a “Staging Branch” of the game where daily updates will exist right alongside the main and stable branch.
“You can have both versions installed at the same time, so our hope is that we’ll get one or two servers on the staging version that are populated all the time and help test the updates that are coming to Main at the end of the month,” game creator Garry Newman explained.
Despite the fact that the game is finally entering a “full” release, Newman said to still keep your expectations tempered. “Please try not to compare the game to some other finished game or some idealized version you have in your head. Compare the game now to how it was when we entered Early Access. That’s the delta that we feel qualifies us to leave Early Access,” he said. “Think of it more like we’re leaving Prototyping and entering Alpha.”
Upon full release, the game’s price will be increased from $20 to $35.
“Thanks to everyone that took the risk by buying our Early Access game. It hasn’t always been the most stable, optimized, balanced experience—but we hope you don’t feel like we’ve let you down,” Newman said.
Rust is currently available on Steam Early Access, for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.