Rust is due to launch on consoles later this year and as gamers await more news on the PlayStation and Xbox port, details are starting to trickle out.
According to a new leak – via YouTube channel Fx – there is beta footage of Rust Console Edition out in the wild, confirming that the game will allow online crossplay.
Roughly 9 minutes into the video we see the player bring up a menu listing other users who are currently online and how long their current character has been alive for. What’s interesting about this clip is that there are two icons – a gamepad and an Xbox icon – presumably denoting those who are playing on PlayStation 4 (or PS5 via backwards compatibility) and those who are on Xbox platforms.
Developers Double Eleven and Facepunch Studios have yet to officially reveal crossplay for Rust Console Edition though it seems like a logical feature to add. While the beta footage hasn’t been verified, there’s a good chance there are closed tests currently underway.
Originally, Rust Console Edition was planned for release in 2020 though Double Eleven made the decision to push it back. Rust will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in 2021 though we don’t have a confirmed release date.
Development complications due to the COVID-19 outbreak are to blame for the delays, the devs making the following statement:
Why have we been so quiet for so long? The world of games dev is a fickle beast; you never have the full picture up front and the development process often becomes more of a journey of discovery when bringing a PC title to console. As much as engaging with players is extremely important, we believe it also has to be meaningful and as we’ve been working away behind the scenes, we haven’t felt ready to share anything with you yet.
As a company in 2020, a year that has brought very challenging times for many, we’ve felt very fortunate to be able to keep doing what we love. We’ve always had some remote workers but moving the entire company home to keep everyone safe has presented challenges as we’ve found new ways to work with each other in the new normal that this year had in store for us.
A new Rust Console Edition gameplay trailer was posted only earlier this week.
Although brief, the teaser does give us a good idea of what content we’ll see making the jump from PC to consoles when Rust Console Edition finally launches.