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Rust coming to PS4, Xbox One in May

The intense survival game finally comes to consoles

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The hardcore multiplayer survival game Rust is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 21, developer Double Eleven announced Friday.

This version of the Windows PC game originally developed by Facepunch Studios is known as Rust Console Edition — it’s based on the PC version, but was designed by Double Eleven as a “separate experience.” Mark South, chief operating officer at Double Eleven, assured fans in a news release that it is still the “Rust as people know it.”

An article on Double Eleven’s website goes into more depth on how the PC and console versions will differ. Just like the PC game, the Console Edition will be updated regularly with new and existing content from Facepunch “as well as our own improvements,” said Double Eleven. However, the two studios will maintain separate update schedules. The studio said that it believes the Console Edition’s update roadmap “will provide an optimal player experience while gradually introducing players to the vast amount of game play and content that makes Rust an incredible experience.”

Rust launched in Steam Early Access in 2013 and boasts 8 million total players; a single world supports up to 100 players. The multiplayer component is a core part of the game, pitting people against each other as each individual struggles to survive in a desolate post-apocalyptic environment. While the game is known for its steep learning curve and ruthlessness with players, it recently got a set of “softcore servers” — making it easier for newbies to jump in.

Rust Console Edition will support cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One, a Double Eleven representative confirmed to Polygon. However, console and PC players will not be able to play together — which makes sense, since it’s not really the same game across PC and consoles.

The console editions of Rust for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are available for pre-order now.

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