This version was rated at the start of the year, suggesting that Facepunch Studios was moving and shaking to get this version of Rust to its players. It's strange to think of how much the game has changed from its humble origins as a DayZ clone, and at the time of writing, it's the third most popular game on Twitch with 120,000 viewers tuning into streams. Big-timers like jacksepticeye, Corpse Husband, Shroud, Valkyrae, xQc, and Posty are fans of the barbaric PvP action as it offers opportunities for ridiculous deaths and double-crossing for the entertainment of their viewers. Like a proto-Hunger Games, if you will.
We've had more than seven years of following Rust's development on PC and its increasing reputation means that it's about time that console players wade into the revelry. This snippet of the console beta for Rust pertains to the Xbox version, and it was apparently sent to a YouTube channel titled Fx. The owner of the channel is clear that this recording is not theirs, but they took action to anonymise the clips, and the video is convincing. Before the game gets going, there's a disclaimer for the beta that mentions players should not be sharing their experience of this version of Rust with anyone else. Oops, I suppose.
Featuring open-world gameplay, exploration, crafting, building and of course, combat, the console version of Rust (dated 2020 as per the information at the start of the video) isn't looking too shabby. The most interesting discovery is that there might be crossplay between PlayStation and Xbox, as spotted at around 8:32 in the video. There's a list of players active in Rust, and they each have a symbol next to their gamertag.
There's the Xbox symbol and a symbol for a controller. Ergo, it's speculated that the generic gamepad controller is for PlayStation players, as PC players would likely be represented with a symbol of a PC. It's important to note that this hasn't been confirmed nor denied by the developer, and we'll be cautious when stating that crossplay is a definite thing.
Last month, Facepunch Studios unveiled something called softcore mode, which is intended to tone down the difficulty of the game for fresher faces. As a result, if a player is offed, then half of their inventory is able to be reclaimed by them where they died or at a reclaim terminal located at Bandit Town and the Outpost. They respawn in safe zones - Bandit Town and the Outpost - and players may only see the inventory of a wounded player. "We believe this is a good starting place for a more casual mode of Rust and we will continue to iterate and improve on it moving forward," explained the developer.
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