Facepunch Studios’ survival hit Rust has found a new sense of purpose as the game grows in popularity in 2021. The game has been a growing phenomenon on the PC for a bit now, but many are wondering when and if the game is coming to consoles. Will we ever see Rust on consoles? Let’s look at what’s planned and see if we can find out.
Much of the survival genre has its roots in the PC gaming space. These games found a new stride with the success of games like Minecraft, but have quickly branched out from there. More complex and adult-oriented games have become the norm for the genre. The bright colors were quickly replaced by cannibals and PvP in other genre entries like The Forest. And while it would be nice to see it on consoles, there are some issues ahead. So when exactly is Rust coming to other platforms and consoles?
Rust first released on Steam all the way back in 2013. The game had been in a state of early access for around five years, before it finally came out in 2018. The playerbase has grown exponentially since then. Facepunch Studios has added tons of new content to the title over the years, leading to an explosion in player variety and interest. As there are more things to craft and fight over than ever before, the game really shines. Thanks to all this growth, there was a plan to put the game on consoles at some point. The plan had originally been to push Rust on consoles, wth versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2020, although that obviously didn’t happen.
When is Rust Coming to Consoles?
The developer had the same trouble so many others had in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, the team had to switch to remote work. This led to a major slowdown in productivity and had a ton of problems for the game and its plans. It makes sense, as most of the industry had to deal with similar problems. So it’s really no surprise that the company had to delay their plans. Facepunch has now pushed the console port back to an unconfirmed date in 2021.
So, the good news here is that Facepunch definitely still wants to bring Rust to consoles, it’s just a matter of when. The UK, where Facepunch is based, has set a very aggressive target for vaccinations against the coronavirus, aiming to immunize every adult by Autumn 2021. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that officials were “on track” to reach their target of inoculating 15 million people in the most vulnerable groups by the middle of February. That would mean that a return to normal work for Facepunch staff could be weeks or even months away at a minimum. And while that’s going to put a damper on things, it looks like their target of a console port before the end of the year is accurate. It’s just too hard to say when exactly that will be though.
And with the new consoles coming into the market in full force this year, it’s a pretty good bet that we see versions of Rust on consoles as well for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. That will likely take a bit longer though, as the older and newer consoles are two very different beasts to work on.