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Harsh Survival RPG Rust Hits PlayStation 4 in 2020

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Harsh Survival RPG Rust Hits PlayStation 4 in 2020

Double Eleven and Facepunch bring the online survival phenomenon to PS4 next year.

Facepunch and Double Eleven have today announced that the hugely popular online survival game Rust will be released on PlayStation 4 next year. We found some time to speak to Facepunch chief Garry Newman and pick his brain about Rust and what the announcement means for players.

Rust already has a huge following on PC. Why do you think players have connected with the game so much?
Rust is a harsh survival game. A dumb move and you can lose hours, days, weeks or progress. A smart move and you can advance your position on the island by weeks. It’s a game of huge risks and huge rewards.

When you start out you’re going to be the underdog. You have a rock and everyone else seemingly has an AK. You need to work your way up. This isn’t a linear path. You could find a fully loaded corpse and springboard from there. You could find a quiet part of the island to create a base and build up to that. You could get some friends and work together to rule the whole island.

I think this is why it’s so popular. Every time you die you want revenge, you want to try a different strategy.

What were your main inspirations when originally designing Rust’s brutal world?
When Stalker was first announced we were really excited for the world they described. A real living world where things happen when you’re not there. Skirmishes happening miles away, animals going about their business, lots of unexplained stuff, radioactive areas of great interest. That world was a huge interest to us.

We’re also huge FPS players, so the obvious stuff like Call of Duty, Counter-Strike and Battlefield.

Players have been asking for a console release for a while now. Why did you make the decision to release Rust in 2020?
We’ve been working on Rust on PC since 2013 in Early Access. While it was in early access we felt we had a promise to fulfill for everyone that supported us, so PC was our main priority.

We came out of early access in 2018, so at that point we felt we could start looking at the console version, but at the same time it isn’t something we wanted to rush out.

What are the key things you want to focus on when releasing a game like Rust on console?
Rust is the best survival game on PC. That’s not marketing speak, it’s a scientifically provable fact. So our priority is making Rust the best survival game on Console too.

We’ve already got the main ingredient for that: the game itself. So the only thing we have to do to make Rust the best Console survival game is avoid tripping over ourselves in terms of controls and performance. It’s particularly important to get those things perfect in a PVP game like Rust.

Rust’s world doesn’t present you with an immediately obvious storyline, but the post-apocalyptic environment is littered with both American and Russian imagery and references– is there a hidden story there?
Yeah we have a story, everything in the world has reason and meaning. We don’t share any of that directly because we want to avoid the Star Wars situation where we can’t do something without contradicting five story things. We’ve found this works well for our community, it awesome to see them explore and piece things together based on what they find.

Part of the joy of Rust is finding or hosting a regular map to play on– will PlayStation players be able to rent their own servers?
Definitely. It’s important for us to allow players to take ownership and configure their servers to their own preferences.

What are you most looking forward to when Rust releases next year?
Rust spawns a lot of stories. In other games you might be in a situation, a horse kicking an NPC in the face or something, but you know that everyone else has had that situation. Every Rust player I’ve ever spoken to in real life has these stories.

A guy once told me a story about how he fell down a pit with no way to get out. So he had this situation where he had to throw all his guns, clothes, and ammo one by one up in the air for his squad mate to catch and keep safe for him. He was laughing so hard telling the story that he had tears in his eyes.

I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more of these stories. At family parties. While I’m trying to eat.

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24 Comments

  • LEFT__4__DEAD__2

    Yes! I love games like Ark and Konan <3

  • Hi, Can I ask, will be crossplay with PC?

    • LastofFireflies

      Hopefully not! You won’t survive with controller against mouse and keyboard players. spent about 100 hours on PC. Really tough to solo, better make a team

    • Jisatsu_Kiddo

      do people still in almost 2020 push the mnkb myth?

    • @Jisatsu_Kiddo it’s not a myth. generally it’s much easier to be consistently accurate with a mouse than a thumbstick. You can get good with a thumbstick but it still doesn’t have the same response accuracy as a mouse.

  • KR33P3R_KR4FT

    I really hope that Rust becomes the best most popular survival pvp game on PS4, I’ve waited really long for Rust to be released on PS4 and I really do hope It holds that title for eternity.

  • fistedwafel29

    Can you play rust with keyboard then?

  • d-_-bSoFabulous

    Chyeahhhh boiiiiiiii

  • Yoo would rust for the PS4 be compatible with a keyboard and mouse at all ?

  • CrystalTrophy

    Will there be crossplay between PS4 and PC users?

  • I spent over 1000 hours playing Rust on PC. It is literally the most toxic,racist community of ANY game on ANY platform ever. Nothing else even comes close. Typical console kiddies will be crying and abandon this game within a week after Bobby and Timmy trollkin relentlessly harass and grief them off of the server. LOL, this is gonna be too funny.

  • I know most people prefer PvP, but will there be PvE servers for console?

    • GingerSamson

      I think PvP is core to rust tbh. I can see why people want it but correct me if I’m wrong – there are no PvE servers to speak of I don’t think.

    • Awesomeguy7745

      There are PVE servers on PC, but only community servers. My guess is it will work the same on console, since they’ve already confirmed server renting will be available.

  • anonamouse_acab

    Will ther be Console PC crossover servers or…?

  • GingerSamson

    Can’t wait for more details!

  • samzone3889

    finally! i’ve been waiting for this game to come out on the PS4 for so long.

  • AdlerTheButcher

    You guys should seriously hope there’s no crossplay. As a 4,000+ hour pvper I can tell you something they are not addressing is the disgusting amount of scripture there are on pc. Even if you cut them out there’s no way it would be possible for a thumb stick to spray ak like a chad with a good mouse and a lot of hours.

  • When is the expected relase exactly?
    Start/mid/end of 2020?

  • NxbodyLovesMe

    December 31 coming right? Pls tell me. @yo.ma.hoe insta…Im getting ready…Gonna buy my desk…chair..monitor

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