Rust Roadmap: What updates are coming in 2021?

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Despite releasing in 2013, Rust continues to receive regular updates from Facepunch Studios. Granted, Rust did only 'officially' launch in February 2018 when it finally left Early Access.

The tiresome efforts of Facepunch have been rewarded, however. Rust has sold over 9.5 million copies, and is consistently one of the most-played games on Steam.

Following some bumper updates in 2020, Rust players are now looking to the future. For everything Facepunch has said about upcoming Rust updates, keep reading...

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Rust updates 2021

Facepunch is one of the most transparent developers when it comes to informing players of future changes and updates. Rust receives regular updates, which usually occur on the first Thursday of every month. You can see the Rust change log that details previous Rust updates from the official Rust website here.

Looking ahead to the future, the Rustafied website gives some indications of what we can expect to see in upcoming Rust updates.

According to Rustafied, which tracks Facepunch Commits updates, drones are set to appear in Rust, although their specific use is still unknown. The Card Game commit also has received a bunch of updates in recent weeks, suggesting card games mini-games may be set to launch in Rust.

Aside from these in-game updates, 2021 is set to be a huge year for Rust in a different way...

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Rust Console Edition

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That's right, Rust- Console is slated for a 2021 release. First revealed in 2019 at Microsoft's X019 event, Rust- Console was originally intended to launch on Xbox One and PS4 in 2020 before being delayed.

In a recent annual summary, Facepunch's CEO Garry Newman said the studio is "100% confident that [Rust on console will] be released in 2021."

The specifics of this release are less clear. Newman said he is "50% confident" Rust- Console will launch in the first half of 2021, and he is "25% confident" it will release in Q1.

Double Eleven, the studio tasked with porting Rust to console, commented: "Moving the entire company home to keep everyone safe has presented challenges as we’ve found new ways to work with each other."

You can view the trailer for Rust's console version below:

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