Whenever an indie survival crafting game becomes big enough (and there are more than enough of them out there for this to be a recurring thing), the question inevitably becomes “when is it coming to consoles?” It makes sense; a game gets popular on its home platform, everyone else wants a piece of the pie. Rust, one of the big names survival games, was supposed to have come out for consoles already, yet remains a staunchly PC-only game. So when exactly is Rust coming to other platforms and consoles?
Rust first released on Steam back in 2013 in early access, and remained in that state until it finally achieved full release status in 2018. Since then, the game’s success and massive playerbase has prompted Facepunch Studios to put the gears in motion on console releases. Originally, the game was supposed to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2020, or at least that’s what they were projecting in 2019. So what happened? Well, 2020 happened, what else?
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When is Rust Coming to Consoles?
Things were moving on schedule at the beginning of 2020, but as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of Facepunch’s employees were forced to move their workstations to their homes for the sake of safety. This major shift in priorities, coupled with all of the other hiccups and delays the pandemic has caused in the gaming industry, forced Facepunch to officially delay the console release of Rust to an undetermined point in 2021.
So, the good news here is that Facepunch definitely still wants to bring Rust to consoles, and since the next-gen consoles are out already, it should also become available on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X around the same time as their predecessors. The bad news is that since the pandemic is still very much a thing right now, the future is extremely murky, so they can’t commit to any iron clad dates beyond just 2021. Depending on how the next few months shakes out of the industry at large, their plans might get delayed again. Rust will definitely make its way to PS4 eventually, but we can’t say any more than that right now.