After four long years of Steam Early Access, Rust is finally getting its official release next month, on February 8th. There won’t be any big words, launch updates or news following the release of the game but there will indeed be a small increase in Rust’s price. Rust has made its impact on defining the survival genre and now its time for it to move to its next stage of development.
According to a blog post on Facepunch Studios’ website, Rust’s release doesn’t mean the game is ready yet. There’s still much to be done and its development is far from over but its release will make the transition to monthly updates instead of constantly be adding new features to it a little more stable.
To make this transition easier, Rust will now have two separate versions, the first one called the Main Branch will have monthly tested updates with smaller irregular hotfixes between them while the second one, Staging Branch will receive daily updates but will be a bit more unstable.
Gary Newman explains in the blog post how Rust officially releasing is different to that of other games, so we shouldn’t be comparing. He stated:
Please try not to compare the game to some other finished game or some idealised 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.
Think of it more like we’re leaving Prototyping and entering Alpha. Obviously we don’t consider that we’re actually entering Alpha, this is an example. We’re entering a more stable version of what we have been doing.
We feel like if Early Access didn’t exist and we had been making the game in secret, we’d be happy to put it on Steam now.
As expected, its price will be increased from its current $19.99 to $34.99 but that’s nothing to cry over. Most Early Access games have their price increased as soon as they release and Rust is not the exception. We’ve seen it before in games like Ark: Survival Evolved and it wasn’t a big issue then so why make a fuss about it now?
Will you be trying out Rust when it finally gets its official release after 3 long years of Steam Early Access? How do you feel about the price change?