Garry Newman’s Rust has been quite famous for the last four years but now, Rust is officially leaving the Steam Early Access program. The game wasn’t complete yet and according to Newman, the version 1.0 isn’t ‘a fully finished game.’ On the game’s website, it was announced that the game would be leaving Early Access on the 8th of February and that the exit from Early Access is “going to happen without much fuss.” This blog post says more about what’s happening :
Don’t think of this as us claiming that the game is done. Think of this as us saying that if Early Access didn’t exist we’d have released the game on Steam by now. We’re going to keep updating and improving the game.
No More Weekly Updates
After leaving the Steam Early Access program, Rust players won’t be getting weekly updates. However, you’ll get ‘stable’ monthly updates to get things going. According to the Rust developers:
Please try not to compare the game to some other finished game or some idealized version you have in your head. Compare the game now to how it was when we entered Early Access. That’s the delta that we feel qualifies us to leave Early Access. Think of it more like we’re leaving Prototyping and entering Alpha. Obviously, we don’t consider that we’re actually entering Alpha, this is an example. We’re entering a more stable version of what we have been doing. We feel like if Early Access didn’t exist and we had been making the game in secret, we’d be happy to put it on Steam now.