We’re slowly crawling towards going live on Steam.

After all the keys have sold out on Sunday we won’t be selling any more until the Steam version is live. So come Monday you won’t be able to buy an Alpha key for Rust.

The actual ‘live’ date on Steam is still a bit floaty.. but right now we’re aiming for the first half of December.. assuming we get no roadblocks and everything goes to plan.

Hey guys we’ve just pushed an update out. There’s some chat changes that people aren’t going to like. We’re going to ignore any hysterical reactions to these changes until people settle down and try to play with them, then make changes based on usage (not theory).

  • Fixed dupe bug (disconnecting internet and rejoining)
  • Fixed server list not scrolling
  • Updated chat
    • No more pm’img or local chat.
    • Can use unicode.
  • Resource collection and other notices are no longer printed in chat. They have their own GUI.
  • Fixed structure LODs popping too close
  • Fixed grass jittering due to AF being forced on for every texture
  • New options screen
    • We have taken the decision to limit screen resolution changing to the startup dialog.
    • This is to keep things as simple as possible.
    • AF/AA options were removed – because they did NOTHING.
  • Fixed broken player counts (probably)
  • Fixed lots of exploits
  • Fixed black line between sky and land
  • Updated cargo plane
  • Fixed OSX not launching
    • OSX is still not perfect. Please report experience in the forums.
  • Fixed trees not drawing in OSX
  • Grass displacement is enabled by default.

Servers will need to be restarted before you can join them.

We spent the past couple of days downgrading from Unity 4.3 to Unity 4.2.2. The benefit to you is that your FPS should zoom up to what it was before last week’s update. Maybe even higher.

The way we package the Steam builds has been reconfigured too (to speed up our build time). This has no benefit to you guys – but you might experience an extra large patch (about 800mb).

We just wanted to let everyone know that there are some issues with the most recent patch which saw an upgrade to unity 4.3 and a switch to DX9 over DX11

Grass flickering on some nVidia graphics cards

Grass can flicker on some nvidia computers – type grass.on = false in the console (F1) OR try launching in DX11 mode (set your rust properties command line options to -force-d3d11) Be warned! DX11 has its own issues such as graphically glitchy players and alt tab crashing the game

Crashing on connect

Some people can’t enter the game due to running out of memory, we’re working on this, you can try to opt into the developer version and see if that helps you, but for now it’s going to need around 2.0 gigs of available memory to load.

Poor performance

Due to the upgrade to unity 4.3 performance has dropped anywhere from 20-40% We’re waiting on a patch from unity to solve this problem.

You may be able to find some undocumented solutions to some of these issues on the forums and we hope to get them resolved as soon as possible. In the mean time, thanks for playing and we will do our best to keep you all updated.

After playing the game for a while over the weekend I realized I was having a hard time seeing things in the grass such as backpacks from killed players and zombies, so I added grass displacement. It’s off by default as it has some issues but you can toggle it on by typing

grass.displacement true in the console (F1)

It’s a work in progress and not everything causes displacement but one of the cool features of it is players leaving a trail where they walk, It’s possible to track people for a short time due to this. Also your shelters and campfires will no longer be covered in grass, and backpacks/killed creatures will be easier to spot. Please post any feedback regarding this feature on the forums!

In addition we’ve made the following changes and fixes :

  • Upgraded to Unity 4.3
  • Fixed Shelters not counting towards decay grace period
  • Fixed injury status not disappearing after death
  • Serverside checks for deployables and structures (no more double dooring)
  • Some weapon deploy sounds were changed (hatchets no longer sound like guns being drawn)
  • Hand Cannon no longer requires a workbench to craft
  • 9mm Pistol does slightly more damage and has less recoil
  • Reduced range on pipe shotgun
  • Bleeding is no longer a death sentence : Wounds will clot over time so it is possible to survive minor bleeding
  • Bleeding damage was increased, however…
  • Silencer now removes tracers as well as muzzle flash, less range reduction, less damage reduction.
  • Sleeping bags are easier to craft, 15 cloth instead of 20
  • Pillars take half as many resources to create as they used to
  • Grenades are larger and their physics should be more reliable, in addition they should deal appropriate damage now
  • Zombies should now interact with the rocks in the world, and should no longer float in mid-air
  • Server browser now shows history of servers played on
  • Server browser is optimized for smaller screens
  • Server browser doesn’t show unresponsive servers
  • Server browser shows LAN servers
  • Server browser shows servers containing friends
  • Server now detects when it has frozen, and closes (allows auto restart scripts to kick in)
  • No longer uses DX11 mode (was slower, broke alt-tab, had no real benefits)
  • Added disconnect button
  • Serverlist can be sorted. Defaults to being ordered by player count descending.


Known Issues

  • Alt tabbing can cause terrible FPS. This is a unity 4.3 issue
  • Grenades don’t damage wildlife
  • Grass can flicker for some users, type grass.on false in the console