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    We’re past the halfway point for Rust development this month and the team is cranking out improvements, optimizations, and progress on projects.

    Our update preview stream goes live at 3pm EST. Follow @Rustafied for news throughout the day.


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    Horse armor

    After work on the art last month, the horse armor branch is back in business with the team hooking up models, lods, meshes, and more. Long and short: you’ll soon be able to adorn your trusty steed with some extra road sign protection prior to traipsing into battle. 

    No word on any details for this new armor yet as it is all still on a separate branch. That said, it does look likely this gear will make it in for the next update. We’ll keep you posted as always.


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    Crafting improvements

    After getting merged into staging last week, the crafting improvements are seeing even more... well… improvements. As you may recall, the crafting menu not only has more categories (electronics), favorites have now been added, allowing players to easily keep track of those often crafted items.

    This week, the UX has been improved on the favorites system, with the addition of star icons and the ability to favorite an item from the icon (instead of having to click into the item details first). Also, a little bounce effect was added to the ‘Favorites’ category every time you add a favorite.


    Map improvements

    A slew of map improvements continue to be worked on this month. Along with adding custom markers to maps, it appears some other features may be added into the mix such as death locations (may be in the form of a general area circle instead of exact location).

    In addition to the map changes, more information is being added to the death screen (distance, etc.). Also, the display of multiple sleeping bags appears to be getting grouped into clusters, hopefully making it easier to find the exact bag you’re looking for.

    No visuals on any of this yet as it’s still on a separate branch. The likelihood of these changes making it into the next update seems high, so stay tuned for more specifics once this gets merged into staging.


    Optimizations

    The priority on improving FPS continues this week as the team works on several optimization paths. Along with the huge umbrella of HDRP work, LOD’s and skeletons are also being improved upon. 

    Vincent is going through and optimizing the LOD’s of various objects. LOD, which stands for level of detail, refers to the various versions of an object loaded in as it comes into view (less detailed far away, more detailed up close).

    Bill continues his work on skeleton optimizations. No, this isn’t some spooky Halloween business (although it’s almost that time of year again, isn’t it?), these optimizations are for the skeletons of each player and animal.

    No word on when these optimizations will make it into the game. LOD’s and skeletons both appear to be smaller projects, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in this coming update. HDRP, however, is a much larger undertaking, and probably won’t be in game till later this year.


    Instruments

    Thai continues his work on making orchestras in Rust a reality. This week he’s added a new Guitar model and made progress on the Cow Bell, Drum Kit, Tambourine, Trumpet, and Bass. All these instruments and more currently exist on a separate branch, but are expected to be merged into staging in the near future. Stay tuned for more details on each new noise maker.


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    Vehicles progress

    Bill continues trucking along on the vehicles branch. As you may recall, this body of work will add various types of modular ground vehicles to the Rust lineup. This week he’s been working on fuel consumption among other things. Fuel is now used per engine instead of per vehicle and vehicles have less fuel consumption when idle. 

    No word on when these will make it in the game, but as it is a larger project, I wouldn’t hold your breath for next month.


    Other stuff

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