Double Eleven, the studio behind Rust: Console Edition, previously offered a vague Spring 2021 release timeframe for the game. Now there’s an official release date, confirmed by the development team for May 21st. The console version has been in the works for several years, as it was necessary to bring the game up to par with its PC counterpart.
On the game’s website, Double Eleven said it needed to get the game working with 4.5 GB of RAM, even though the PC version has a minimum requirement of 10 GB. This meant rewriting much of Rust in the Unity engine, but it was still loading exceedingly slow, taking 45 minutes at times. However, optimization cut this down to about one minute.
It took three years finish Rust: Console Edition, and the game will receive new updates as the PC version does–though these won’t be the same exact update. These two version will be a separate experience with different roadmaps and community.
Back in January, the PC version of Rust saw a surge in popularity after big-name streamers took an interest in the game. It did extremely well on Steam and was the top-streamed game on Twitch for a bit, even beating League of Legends.