Rust, the latest offering in the online survival genre, has sold 750,000 copies in just over a month since it entered Steam’s Early Access.
Garry Newman, creator of the game, was really happy over the feat, saying that the sales were surprising since it’s “an amount we never even imagined selling over the game’s lifetime.” Seeing that Rust has already garnered 250,000 players so far, Newman’s game is going to see much more success in the days to come.
Newman described Rust’s success as “both a blessing and a curse,” citing a “sensory overload” on the behalf of the developer from its popularity. “We see all these amazing things happening, voices from all directions, ideas, bugs, cheaters.. and we’re scrambling to catch up with everything,” he wrote.
Newman is also the mind behind the popular Garry’s Mod, a simple physics sandbox based on the Source engine, which as of November 2013 has sold more than 3.5 million copies. Comparing both of his titles, Newman said that Rust “already made 2/3rds the amount of money that Garry’s Mod has made in 8 years.”
To get an idea of sales, Garry’s Mod is priced at $9.99 on Steam, while the alpha version of Rust is available for $19.99 on Steam Early Access.