Garry Newman has released the alpha for his new game, Rust, a sandbox survival title with some world-construction elements. It blends aspects of games like DayZ with Minecraft, and while it’s currently in a bit of a rough state, a lot of the alpha testers are reporting some good times.
Like other survival sandbox games you’ll need to hunt your own food and make your own clothing, but one of the key differentiators in Rust is that you actually have to build your own shelters. Once you’ve hatcheted some trees down, you actually need to assemble them into pieces and then build your shelter in your own way to keep the beasts out.
Currently the monsters are zombies, but Garry posts that these are just placeholders and will change in order to keep it differentiated from DayZ.
“We haven’t released an update for a while. A long while. Because we decided that we didn’t want it just to be DayZ – which is what it was looking like,” writes Garry. “We knew we couldn’t build big dense cities. We wanted to change direction and have the players build the world. We also hate zombies and are going to replace them with other NPCs at some point.”
“It’s not the best looking game in the world – but we’re not too concerned with looks until the gameplay is fun. So we have a free and open alpha here: http://www.playrust.com/ – when it asks you for a code just type in numbers until it lets you go to the next page.”
I’ve tried to register and the site doesn’t seem to proceed past that page, but perhaps you’ll have better luck than me. I’ve heard on places like Reddit that registration is closed, but there’s no notice on the official page, so… who knows? Anyway, give it a shot!
Source: PC Gamer