Posts Tagged ‘Facepunch Studios’

Nasty, brutish and short – Rust and the state of nature

Facepunch’s violent, vile Rust isn’t an obvious starting place to learn about philosophy. You might explore virtue ethics with the Ultima series, or free will with Bioshock, or concepts of self and moral worth with Soma. Even when looking at political philosophy, you’d perhaps be more inclined to stop by the totalitarian bureaucracy of Paper’s Please, or Crusader Kings II’s massive variety of governmental forms, or Eve Online’s+ unique democracy/tribalism.

But Rust…? Rust, a primitive world of dingly-dangly dongs and caved-in skulls? A transient land of ramshackle fortresses and roving gangs of hostile thugs? What can we hope to learn from that?

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Rust gets spoOoOoky with Halloween frights

Halloween’s timing is a bit weird this year, with the preceding weekend taking the bloodsoaked brunt of the fiendish frenzy, but video games still remember and will still be here for us. Rust is already a game where nude fiends ritually sacrifice each other, making it unsettling at the best of times, but now it’s proper spooky too. The early access survival sandbox’s latest update has decorated the island with graves and spider hives while adding spoOoOoky scarecrows and fire pits filled with burning skulls. Read the rest of this entry »

Rust introduces sitting down and frozen lakes

Rust sitting down

Rust [official site] now has the ability to let players sit in chairs. I feel like, despite my own lack of Rust experience, sitting in chairs is not a core part of the Rust survival game experience. I was kind of hoping that the game was taking an unexpected detour into the ancient sport of trying out furniture while a sales assistant hovers nearby but apparently it’s part of a mounting system intended to help with vehicles and their attendant need for seated interactions. I preferred my idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Rust: still a game of singular brutality, even 4 years on

Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. I cannot see the source of the dull, relentless sound, but my ears tell me is that it is close by. My chest anxiously thumps its own tattoo in reply, and I have to stamp down an illogical fear that the beating of my hideous heart is a telltale to my own location. Birds do not thunk. Boars do not thunk. Deer do not thunk. Even educated fleas do not thunk. Only people thunk.

Somewhere nearby, another human being is grimly and mechanically hitting a tree with a rock, over and over again, and I’ve never been more terrified in my life. Rust [official site], old man – you’ve still got it.
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Gleaming! Rust overhauls recoil and inaccuracy

Sandbox survive ’em up Rust [official site] has launch a sizeable update reworking how gun recoil and inaccuracy work. It should now feel more like a traditional first-person shooter, developers Facepunch Studios say. Thursday’s early access update also fancied up parts of the map Hapis Island, making them a lot more interesting, and added a new one-way drop box for players to easily dunk items. Let’s talk pew-pew! Read the rest of this entry »

Garry’s Mod Devs Release Vive Sandbox Game Chunks

WHOOOO!

Garry’s Mod gang Facepunch Studios have released their virtual reality sandbox game Chunks [official site] onto Steam Early Access. It looks like Minecraft, obvs, and building with cubes is certainly part of its foundation, but Chunks is built to be mega-moddable so who knows what it could become? Heck, even from a blockbuilding perspective, things like using the HTC Vive controllers to wave rollercoaster tracks into existence within the world looks pretty dang swish. Have a gander:

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Rust Adds Female Model, Randomly Assigned To Players

The nude murderisland of Rust [official site] has welcomed women to its bloody shores, adding a female player model in last week’s update. Yes, they too are beautiful slapheads. It’s not a choice, mind. As Rust did before with penis length and race, each player’s in-game sex is decided randomly – and permanently. Some players are not too thrilled with this, but developers Facepunch say they won’t make it optional. Part of their plan to make individual players recognisable, see.

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Premature Evaluation: Rust

Every Monday, Rob Zacny gathers the raw materials of Early Access and attempts to survive against a world of crazed, screaming unfinished games. This week, he visits the ultra-popular survival game.

As I died screaming between a wolf’s jaws, collapsing in the snow that dusts the top of the mountains while listening to it gnaw through virtual flesh, I had a realization: survival games are fun as long as they are about the threat of death.

Death itself is underwhelming: a gateway to an ever-increasing set of chores and tasks that you must repeat in order to recover your lost progress. Inevitably, the process eventually repeats, and the to-do list gets longer and less fulfilling, which sounds a little bit like hell and a little bit like a parable about the human condition. Rust [official site], the multiplayer survival game from Facepunch Studios, seems comfortable with both analogies.

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Rust Concepts Include Eerie Aloof NPC Scientists

Hi no don't worry everything's fine here Dr.

I like strange characters who largely ignore players, following their own unknowable agendas until you cause problems. Skyrim’s giants who’d rather scare you off but will eventually knock you into the clouds. The Borg in Star Trek: Elite Force who don’t even consider you a threat at first. Despairing Hollows in Dark Souls. That sort of thing. I do hope that Rust [official site] will follow through with ideas raised in the latest devblog, for NPC scientists in hazmat suits investigating this strange island of ruins and naked men chasing each other swinging rocks.

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Rust Adds Item Store For Modders To Sell Cosmetics

Rust [official site] now has a microtransaction item store, through which players can buy cosmetic items direct from their creators. The idea is that modders can add and profit from the sale of their own work. Perhaps most interestingly, this is all happening through Steam itself using new ‘Item Store’ functionality.

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It’s Avive! VR-Focused Garry’s Mod Sequel Confirmed

VR almost certainly needs a killer app if it’s to spread beyond monied game-fans. Facebook have probably got something up their sleeves for that there Oculus Rift, but as for the Vive, I do wonder if Garry Newman’s talk of a VR-focused follow-up to his monster-selling Garry’s Mod [official site] could be the mega-toy it needs.

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Lubed: Rust Tackles Its Creaky Gunplay

Guns N' Roses got weird.

“This game’s murdering sucks” is a common complaint amongst murdergame enthusiast, but what does that even mean? Virtual murder is a system of many tiny parts, covering animations, timings, kinaesthetics, damage, balance, effects, sounds, and, you know, murder – basic murdering. Sometimes a few small changes can make all the difference.

Rust [official site] developers Facepunch have taken a look at complaints of “how badly the gunplay sucks” in their open-world survival murdersim, and come up with a few changes – big and small – that might help fix that.

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Rust Update: Female Models, Steam Inventory Items

This chap has a very dusty shoulder!

Female character models are now available in Rust [official site] (but only for server admins during the testing phase).

When the models do go fully live it won’t be as a “pick your avatar” option. Instead you’ll have a male or female avatar permanently assigned to your Steam ID. It’s the same deal with how race (or at least skin tone) is assigned in the game. Penis size also works that way but apparently that was serendipitous – the result of how skeletons are constructed for animation and the fact that one of these “bones” is the penis.

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Flame On: Rust’s Candle Hats

Only in Rust’s [official site] dark wasteland would you ignore the obvious practical and safety issues of wearing a lit candle on your head.  Which, I suppose, is what makes Rust’s dark wasteland so appealing. Stand up straight; the last thing you want is hot wax dripping down your face.

This exercise in masochistic torture is just one of the many new additions to Rust, as detailed in the latest Devblog. These weekly blogs give each member of the development team an opportunity to show off what they’ve made this week and plan their week ahead. It’s like being right in the studio for their Friday meetings, but with presumably less beer.

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Virtual Physical Pool: More On Rust Devs’ Arcade Sim

Running an arcade was a brief childhood dream of mine, mostly because I wanted free play on multiplayer tank battle FPS Tokyo Wars. Then I got a new PC and Quake and, well, here we are.

Rust and Garry’s Mod makers Facepunch Studios announced last year that they were working on a multiplayer virtual arcade that’d let folks lark about in player-design arcades full of player-made games. They’ve been quiet about it for a few months, so I’d assumed they’d gently smothered the prototype with a digipillow. No, a new dev blog post shows it’s still coming along nicely. I don’t see a Tokyo Wars em up, but they do have virtual physical games like pool running now.

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New Rust Update Lets You Play Guitar With Your Mouse

As someone who’s entire career is about staring silently and slack-jawed at lists of patch updates, I have nothing but love for Garry Newman. He’s the kind of guy who’ll write an update that says: “I’ve been spending a good wedge of my time looking at performance, figuring out why the game sometimes runs like shit.” What prose! What truth!

Then he’ll go on to post pictures of guys playing electric guitar with their wangs hanging loose.

Things like this are central to Rust [official site], a game that has inspired its own developers to introduce guitars into the game so you can finally impress fellow players with your instrumental cover version of Smoke on the Water.

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Lubricated: Rust Revving Up For New Features

I’ve been fascinated by the rebuilding of Rust [official site], and DayZ too, and how different their developments are the second time around. The initial free versions of both open-world survive ’em ups were scrappy things, quickly growing and tossing features onto foundations that, it turned out, weren’t quite able to support them. Starting over from scratch, both have moved more cautiously through Early Access, and I’ve enjoyed seeing how they grow at this slower pace.

Rust is about to enter a bit of a growth spurt, now stable enough to start boshing in more features.

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I’m After Before: First Video Of Prehistoric Strategy Game

I’ve been following Before since creator Bill Lowe first started sharing screenshots of the caveman god game on Twitter. I responded by favouriting some of the tweets with screenshots in them; Garry Newman of Facepunch Studios responded by hiring Lowe and a team of others to make the game happen. The first trailer showing their work is below.

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Impressions: Rust’s New Version

As of last month, developers Facepunch (headed by Garry Newman of Garry’s Mod fame) declared that what was previously known as ‘Experimental Mode’ is now the definitive version of Rust. It now launches by default on Steam, with an option to play on the old ‘Legacy’ servers instead if you’re not ready for change. Unfortunately, I don’t think the game’s quite ready itself.

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Facepunched: Prehistoric Survival Game Before

Open the door, get on the floor, everybody fund the game Before.

While the many ends of human civilization are all the rage nowadays, Before has been looking at its beginnings. It’s a singleplayer-focused survival game about your prehistoric tribe exploring, foraging, hunting, surviving wild animals, surviving the elements, and, over time, developing a culture, beliefs, and rituals. It all sounds delightful, but creator Bill Lowe was struggling for money to finish it. Normally this is where I’d link to a Kickstarter campaign, but no need! You see, those moneybags from Rust and Garry’s Mod gang Facepunch Studios have taken Before and its team under their gamewing.

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