12:00am EST - With just two weeks before the big update we’re seeing various improvements to the main menu UI along with some great progress with ongoing projects.
Garry, as a continuation of his Steamworks integrations, has completed some significant changes to the UI in Rust. Upon loading the staging branch, you’ll immediately notice the main menu has been cleaned up. Gone is the busy screen full of recent servers, news, friends, workshop items, and stats. Now, there is simply a clean menu on the left, small icon links on the right, and a subtle scene in the background looking up at some trees.
Some of the sub menus have shifted around, but the overall functionality is still the same. Also, some handy new features have been added such as the ability to see which friends are in which servers on the server listing. On top of all that, the overall menu system is more optimized meaning it should behave snappier and load quicker.
This is still a work in progress, so there are still some issues at play. That said, we can expect to see these improvements go live for the next update on June 6th.
Vince is working on a new branch for environmental shaders. Although there are no visuals yet given this work on still on a separate branch, it appears some shifts to cliffs among other things are being experimented with. We’ll keep you posted as work progresses and this branch is merged in.
Helk has tweaked some things with regards to water storage. First, water jugs now spawn with less water than before. Also, you can now pick water barrels up after placing them (with a hammer). Do these changes relate to a larger body of work on the way? That remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you posted as always.
Weapon texture and VFX optimizations
Petur continues his work on weapon texture and VFX optimizations. As you may recall from previous weeks, this body of work involves tweaking various textures and effects of weapons with the intention of improving overall performance. Although there may be some shifts to visuals, it appears the main priority with this branch is optimizing performance.
More work on the Giant Excavator monument