Rust Console Edition Spring 2021 release window confirmed – closed beta currently underway

Rust Console Edition will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2021, it’s been confirmed in the latest drip feed of news regarding the popular post-apocalyptic multiplayer survival game. Additionally, a closed beta for the game on consoles is currently underway as developer and publisher Double Eleven get closer to a full release.

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Sadly there’s nothing more specific here, other than a statement of intent and an indication that Double Eleven are making good progress on porting the PC game experience to console. The above trailer was released as part of a rejuvenated website for the game at the start of this month, and though it’s 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.

Additionally, leaks from the closed beta have already sprung, suggested that the Rust Console Edition will feature cross-play multiplayer between PS4 and Xbox One. That point has not been confirmed or denied at this time.

Rust originally launched into Steam Early Access all the way back in 2013, developer Facepunch quickly establishing themselves in the emerging multiplayer survival genre. Rust is about survival, plain and simple, as you struggle to overcome thirst, hunger, the elements, wildlife and, of course, other players. Created off the back of DayZ’s popularity, Rust sought to expand that game’s concept through adding in crafting elements.

After hitting a 1.0 release in early 2018, a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port was announced in late 2019 by Facepunch and Double Eleven, expected for release in 2020. Of course, we all know how that went, and Rust was one of the many games to be delayed. The company explained the decision:

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.

So, today’s news boils down to “coming soon”, but as we take our first few steps into spring this month, it won’t be long before Rust Console Edition is upon us.

Source: press release

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