Fans of Facepunch Studios’ Rust have been aware that a console version of the game is in the works ever since 2019, even though the developers haven’t been sharing much about it. Although, for the past recent years, the studio has been constantly teasing its fans that these console versions are almost done, and now, it appears that this is truer than ever—a release window has been confirmed.
According to Double Eleven, Rust’s console edition will be hitting the market in Spring of this year. The multiplayer survival game will be heading to both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Unfortunately, a specific release date wasn’t announced, but seeing as Spring is really quite near already, these console versions feel closer than ever before.
The console editions recently entered their beta phases, and Facepunch Studios gave away keys to a select number of fans who play video games on their respective PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. The fact that the developer is testing out the game in this way gives us hope that the ports are almost ready to be released within the next couple of months—especially so if beta testers only have positive things to say.
A teaser trailer for the console versions was also released last week, confirming to fans that the PC version and the PS4 and Xbox One versions won’t be any different. As one would expect from Rust, the teaser video was action-packed, with all kinds of weapons and messy gunfights.
That being said, this is actually an excellent time for the console editions to be released. After all, Rust has been regaining popularity as of late, once again climbing the Steam ranks. In addition to that, it has been consistently featured on Steam’s weekly best sellers list. Popular streamers such as xQc and JackSepticEye have been playing the online survival sim these days, which has caused it to become one of the top games on Twitch.
The Rust server called OfflineTV was even created, which is where highly renowned streamers come together and participate in amusing and chaotic collaborations with one another.
While this sounds like a fun time, it has also been a source of controversy. As a matter of fact, this has caused other streamers like Pokimane and Sodapoppin to quit the server entirely because of growing tensions amongst the different streamers.
Despite all that drama, though, Rust was able to retain its popularity, becoming a major contender in Valve’s storefront once more. Now that the game is heading to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, its popularity will only surely grow.
For the unfamiliar, here’s a brief overview of what Rust is: it’s essentially a game wherein players are dropped in the middle of nowhere and they have to survive—no matter what. Seeing as it’s a multiplayer-only title, players will be able to encounter a variety of other players as they roam across the desolate world. If worse comes to worst and looters are afoot, players can even fight and kill one another.