Facepunch Studios' survival game Rust is now open to applicants for its console beta run.

15:38, 24 Feb 2021

Compared to the instant success of survival games such as Minecraft and the newly introduced Valheim, Facepunch Studio's Rust is more akin to a romance story where a high school bookworm watches the jocks mistreat his crush, before swooping in to be the good guy and winning the fair lady. Much of a slow burner in terms of popularity, Rust has been biding its time gently, and recently ignited its love affair, with number surging over the latter stages of 2021 and the early months of this year.

Much of its success has been stemmed from retaining a loyal player base which has attracted the attention of OfflineTV and the larger streaming community. Huge personalities dived into a star-filled realm, including Rachel "Valkyrae" Hofstetter, Felix "xQc" Lengyel, Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek, and Imane "Pokimane" Anys, where they built fortresses, friendships, and bonds before war erupted and spice was added to the world. With storylines such as xQc's Team Rocket tormenting the likes of Ali "Myth" Kabbani, Rust's popularity has exploded, and the devs aren't slowing down.

Rust is coming to console, and Facepunch is already offering out limited spaces to be a part of the official beta run.

The beta is set to launch soon, although a time frame has yet to be offered, with the tests taking place each Tuesday at 10am UTC (for North America) / 10am GMT (For Europe). Only available within both the aforementioned regions, the beta application can be found here.

With the "limited" number of spaces, it's likely that not every applicant will be accepted, although it's certainly exciting times for those who enjoy an engaging survival title to play with friends or even as a solo.

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