12:00am EST - With one week before the big update, the team at Facepunch is cranking out some exciting new functionality.
Rust Console limited beta
The limited beta for Rust Console Edition starts soon! Many users who signed up to the Double Eleven mailing list received an invite email earlier this week. With the beta opening up to a limited number of people in North America and Europe, this period will act as an initial stress test of Rust on console. It’s not yet clear exactly when this beta will open up, however, more and more people are expected to be added as the stress test increases.
Work Carts coming March 4th!
Taking the gold for most commits to a branch once again this week, the workcart appears to have all hands on deck and be full steam ahead. With a good portion of the team at Facepunch working on this new vehicle and underground tunnel system, testing on the staging branch is set to go live today.
As you may recall from previous weeks, the work cart branch represents not only a new rail-based vehicle, but also an entire new network of tunnels underground. As of writing this, the work is still on a separate branch, so we are unable to determine certain specifics like how many workcarts there will be, how extensive the tunnel system is, etc. That said, according to Alistair, we should be able to start testing today!
I’ll do a full write up of everything you need to know about the Work Cart prior to the update going live next week.
Slots at Bandit
Slot Machines, which were merged into staging last week, have now been placed on the map. With three added to Bandit Camp, roulette is no longer the only game of chance in this safe zone.
In case you missed it, Slot Machines operate using scrap — at a cost of 10 scrap per spin. With a number of prizing winning combinations available, these Slot Machines might just be your ticket to the scrap big-league. As expected, these will not be able to be crafted or placed in bases. They will, however, provide even more motivation to head to your local Bandit Camp when you feel that urge to gamble.View fullsize
Jumpsuit: Female model
A new article of clothing, the jumpsuit, was added to staging last week. This week, we’ve seen the addition of a female variant of this new one-piece outfit. No word yet on exactly how these will be obtained in game, but I have a hunch they will be available on the item store for purchase next week.
Some changes are coming to procedural map generation with the update next week. Not uncommon the week prior to a monthly update, a ‘save’ branch has been created to apply certain changes to the map. Specifically, radiation has been removed from roadside substations. Also, a terrain filter has been added to Outpost to ensure it does not spawn in the snow.
Server browser improvements
A couple of small changes have been made to the server browser to help improve results. By default, the browser list will now filter out empty servers, allowing more active servers to show up first. On the contrary, the favorites and history tab will now always show empty servers. Finally, the view of the tags has been improved a bit (less bright, more squared).
There were a number of miscellaneous fixes merged in this week. Here are some highlights:
Stricter large swimming pool volumes (exploit fix)
Fixed wind generator volume prevent building and deploy volume mismatches causing confusing behavior
Allow small box placement under mixing table
Holding RF Transmitter no longer flags the player as hostile
RF Pager Silent typo fix
Fixed XL neon signs blocking windows
Fixed fridge excessively large prevent building volume
Hapis rework progress
Network tick optimizations
Server performance optimizations
Gesture menu progress