Rust Will Finally Leave Early Access in February
Most of us have forgotten that Rust entered Steam Early Access back in December 2013. Valve introduced Steam Early Access In March 2013, making Rust the game with the longest time spent in Early Access that was, and still is, in active development. After more than four years, the game will officially launch on February 8, 2018.
The official launch will bring some changes; the most obvious one being the 1.0 version of the game (did anyone thought Rust would reach 1.0 version?). Other changes include splitting the game into two versions. One of them is called the Main Branch, and this one will receive monthly updates that are tested and should be stable. The other one is called Staging Branch, and all owners of the game should already find it next to the main game in their Steam library. Staging Branch will play the role of a PTR (Public Test Server) and will receive daily updates. You can have both of them installed at the same time.
And despite the game leaving Early Access Garry Newman, its creator, asked owners that they shouldn’t “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,” concluding that you should “Think of it more like we’re leaving Prototyping and entering Alpha.”
Finally, once Rust officially launches, the price will jump from $19.99 to $34.99. Newman stated that “It sucks, it’s going to cost more, but this was always the deal. And it’s not like we’re increasing the price to $60 without any warning.”
He concluded the post by saying 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. Thank you for making our game better.”