Rust is the latest Steam Early Access game to make loads of money
So much money.
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Developed by Facepunch Studios, the studio helmed by Garry Newman of Garry's Mod fame, Rust is a survival game that plays a little like DayZ mixed with Minecraft. The game was released on Steam Early Access back in December, and has now made 55 percent of what Garry's Mod made in its nine-year lifetime.
And how much has Garry's Mod made? GamesIndustry pegs it at $22 million in revenue. Yikes.
Rust is currently the top-selling game on Steam, outperforming DayZ and heavily discounted copies of Saints Row IV and Company of Heroes 2. Have you played it yet?
"We've got about four or five other projects on the go right now," added Newman. "As long as Rust pays our wages we're going to keep working on it. Even when it's 'finished', it's not finished, it'll still be updated, in the same way that Garry's mod did. I suppose it's the way with big games, there's never an end point, it just evolves."
"People have kind of started modding the servers already, but in a way...this is something we're focussing on. We kind of want to make the game we want to make right now, we don't want to give lots of people tools because we know that what they'll do is make people turn red if you kill someone and stuff like that. It kind of compromises it."
"We don't mind what people do on the modded servers, but we don't want to confuse new players about what the game's about, in a way," he concluded. "It'll probably happen eventually, but it's not as much of a priority as things like stopping the cheaters at the moment."